Well we're back from our mini vacation to Seoul. We had a blast and are so grateful for this time away from work. I'll have to write about our trip in sections since we were able to do so much.
One of the highlights of our trip was when we stumbled upon a foreign goods store. You always see the foreigner's markets back in the States. The ones where you can buy all different varieties of Asian spices and goodies that are not as easy to access in the U.S. I thought the role-reversal was pretty hilarious. Here was a shop where we could buy all of the yummy western goodies that are so hard to find in Korea.
Before Korea I would have thought someone was batsheet crazy if they told me that the highlight of their day was stumbling upon a packet of gravy and a can of refried beans, but that was exactly the case for this girl. I might have even gotten a little teary eyed when I spotted a lone Butterball turkey in the freezer at the market. A TURKEY people, a turkey. I probably would've bought it too, you know, if it wasn't a hundred dollars and if I had an actual oven that it could fit inside.
We walked out of the store with a packet of Haribo gummi bears, a can of refried beans, a packet of gravy mix, and one box of peaches and cream Quaker oatmeal. The grand total was about $18 USD. And yes, I'm well aware that back home it probably would have cost us under $5 for everything, but sacrifices had to be made. I came this close to buying a box of strawberry Poptarts for $6 and a bottle of ranch dressing for about the same price. So all of you out there with easy access to any of these items, enjoy them. Thoroughly enjoy them for me.
I amazes me the things that one misses when they're away from home. I miss my mother's home cooking no doubt, but I also miss silly things like oatmeal, sour cream, cheese (oh cheese), sourpatch kids, and limes. Korea has made me appreciate the little things in life in so many ways, and western food is just one of them.