A few weeks ago Ryan and I ventured out to find Costco. We had been in Korea a few weeks at this point and were missing some of the things we use to enjoy at home, for instance peanut butter, cheese, popcorn, salsa, and cranberry juice just to say a few.
Now I’m sure you are asking yourself why does Costco qualify as “blog worthy” information? Well for us to get to Costco is I don’t know what you would call it but the words adventure, day trip, experience, and then even some “bad” words come to mind now that it is all said and done.
So to start the day off we found out where all the nearest Costco’s are and headed out to what we were told was the closet one and what we thought would be the easiest one to get to, the one in Yangjae. So we got on the bus and headed to the Pyeongtaek Train Station where we found out to get to Yangjae you take the subway for about 42 stops and do 4 transfers. At this point we are thinking that doesn’t sound too bad, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy and we had set aside the whole day to do this, so we bought the tickets and headed out. The subway was packed so after about 3 stops we got to thinking that this one may not be the best Costco so we got off to turn around, head back, and catch the train to Daejeon. We took the subway back to the first train station, bought the last tickets on the next train out to Daejeon and took off trying to find the right track. Now one of the draw backs to Korean trains is the same draw back there is to all Korean public transportation, lots of Koreans and not a whole lot of seats. So after saying that I will say that there maybe something wrong with me because I found it kind of fun in an “adventuress” kind of way to spend the ride down and back sitting in one of the loading areas of the train car on the steps looking out the window watching the rice fields go by. Rice fields are amazing to me and just seem calming and peaceful.
Once we got to Daejeon we decided to try to find the Costco on our own because the website made it look like all we had to do was go out and make a left and you would be there. This however was not the case but as we walked around we decided we kind of liked Daejeon, minus the smell however all of Korea smells like something strange every now and then. After a good bit of walking and still no sign of Costco we decided it was time to try to catch a cab that hopefully knew where it was. As we waited to hailed a cab we did get to see quite an interesting thing, the King, yes that is right, the King is alive and not only that but he is Korean. Sadly this is one of the many times I wish I had my camera out and ready. Anyways after we hailed a cab and were driven down every random back road I think the drive could find we magically end up in front of Costco, sadly however I still have no clue how to get there on foot or by bus.
Once inside it was a mad house, really I don’t know where all those little Korean people come from. They were everywhere and they are crazy! Ryan clearly stands out above the crowd so it is always easy for me to find him if we get separated, and well I am white so it is some what easy for him to find me. We spent about an hour going up and down all the isles getting only a few things and trying to figure out a better way to get things home on the next trip, for this trip we brought an Adidas duffle bag and a back pack. This left us room to still carry a few things by hand but made us choose what was really important to us for this trip, like I said earlier cheese, salsa, claim chowder, popcorn, and a few other items made it back.
A short cab ride back to the train station and we were ready to start our trip home. Once back at the train station we dragged the bags on and enjoyed having Koreans stare in at the “American” size box of Orville Redenbacher Popcorn and the “jugs” of cranberry juice we carried with us along with a nice view of the countryside once more as we headed back to Pyeongtaek; where we caught the bus back to our apartment and crashed out once inside. All in all the day was fun, crazy and even maybe something that I look forward to doing again. Maybe next time I can take the camera in hopes of seeing the King again and try to get some pictures of the day.