Anyone who knows me knows that I am anti-Walmart, and all of the mom and pop shop-destroying it stands for, but now that I’m in Korea, I have wholeheartedly embraced the idea of all-encompassing supermarkets and the mindless consumerism they push so heavily.
E-mart has everything Evan and I have needed since being in Korea – from paper towels and spatulas to power converters and fresh noodles. The walk from school/home to E-Mart is short but enjoyable, bright lights twinkling on unrecognizable street signs as we stroll at dusk.
To make the store even better, it accepts our American credit cards AND gives out free samples. Lots of ladies in hairnets trying to rope us in with persuasive gestures and mock expressions that scream delicious! Yummy! We were roped into buying some delicious marinated meat that way, which, when paired with aforementioned fresh noodles, oak mushrooms, bell peppers and noodles, became our first home-cooked meal! Woo hoo!
We make a good domesticated team.