Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Costco!

Yesterday we hit Costco on the way out of Seoul.

Generally I loathe going there on the weekends since its such a zoo.

This is probably because we usually go to the one in Yangjae.  Its a short skip and a jump onto the expressway back to the Wonj. 

Other times we hit the Sangbon one.  The experience there is generally more pleasant, but it is further away.

A wise man once said that the Yangjae Costco was the Korean version of the black hole of Calcutta.  Nothing could be truer.

The problem with hitting the Yangjae one is that it will usually take you about 20-30 minutes to even get into the parking garage.  Yesterday while waiting, we had finally made it to the point of actually turning onto the ramp when some shithead driving a Mercedes queue jumped and tried to force his way into the line.  I found a new hero when one of the Costco grunts basically stood in front of his car and told him to get to the back of the line.

Justice!

It will take him an extra 30 minutes to get back to that spot.  WHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Inside, I got annoyed at the people who would just stop in the middle of an already full aisle to discuss whether or not they needed to buy more fabric softener or vitamin E.  Hey!  I'm right behind you here!  Get the hell outta my way!

Sampling tables also serve as a bottleneck.  Everyone will crowd around, leaving their carts everywhere, to get a taste of whatever it is they are giving away free.  Avoid these at all costs.

Finally, a discussion of Costco would be incomplete without a mention of this:

Onion salad, courtesy of the food court!
Costco is only advisable if you have a vehicle and a freezer.  With a family, it is worth a monthly trip, especially for cheese and dairy, bread, frozen food, meat, nuts, pasta sauce, juice, liquor, coffee, cereals. . . it would be simpler to go to a grocery store in the Wonj, but selection is limited and prices for the above goods are ridiculous. 

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