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We went to a place called Metro(美罗). It is comparable to Costco and it didn’t disappoint. It was packed with people. I found out that for Chinese New Year they love to eat fish, which is a symbol of luck and prosperity. So we bought a lot of fish. Ranging from clams to crab and shrimp. I told myself when the time comes I will try all of it. I have a safety net because we got some pork chops, and we are going to cook up a hotpot. While I was there with my host mom and host aunt, I was practicing Chinese by trying to read the labels on things. It didn’t go too well, but they were more than willing to help. It was extremely busy though. Getting a cart down the aisle was a nightmare, so much that I stopped trying to maneuver the cart. People would just come and start grabbing things out of your cart to examine them and ask a ton of questions about each thing making the process a whole lot longer.  One of the funnier things about this place, was it had very explicit rap music playing on the loud speakers, songs I knew about. I’m sure everyone in that place had no idea what was being said, but it made me laugh because the music didn’t match the atmosphere they were going for. It also wasn’t the most sanitary set up, they had giant slabs of meat hanging from hooks like they would in a butchery freezer, but these were in an open room that was chilled to 0 degrees C. I was taller than nearly everyone in the place, until I realized that there was someone much taller. We passed by this woman who was 6’7”, at least, and towered over everyone. She was of Asian decent, so this definitely a rare sight. My host mother also noticed me eying the ice cream, and she got me some! Loving the experience.

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