Veggie Embarrassment

>> Tuesday, August 7, 2012

After exploring Incheon, we decided to buy some vegetables.  No problem, right? At least that's what I thought ...

Can you see the baskets full of tomatoes?  The price listed is for the entire basket.  You can't buy small amounts.  The bananas have to be bought by the full bunch.  So if you want only one or two bananas? Tough luck. That goes for all of the veggies, too.  So you have to buy five green peppers or 5 cucumbers or 10 tomatoes.  There was one woman I saw who bought at least 20 cucumbers at once!  What does one do with 20 cucumbers? I couldn't tell ya. But apparently that's how they roll in South Korea.

This guy sits out in front of the vegetable stand.  Here's a close-up:

Notice the microphone? Well, he sits out front of the veggie stand and yells into the microphone.  I can only assume he is talking about the veggies and prices and tries to convince people to buy.

Except when I went in and began picking up my vegetables the American way, he decided he needed to help me understand how to buy in bulk. Really loudly. Over the microphone.  He talked louder and louder and then he finally came over to show me.  Remember the microphone? Yeah, all of this was over the microphone, of course. 

At last I understood. And everyone around the veggie stand shared in my epiphany.  Red-faced, I picked up my veggies in bulk, paid, and left.  Every time I bought veggies after that, this guy gave me a chuckle.

Sometimes I wanted to say to people that I'm not a stereotypical American who only speaks English.  I can understand and speak a little Chinese and a lot of French.  Just not Korean.  Which was on full display today.  *blush*


Steph Thomas August 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM  

Yep, that is embarrassing. He could have turned the mic off and they probably still could have heard him, but I guess more people were able to hear and maybe get their attention and have them come over too.

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