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    While I'm here, can we be silly?

    Because I didn't want to put the subject in the actual title of this thread ....

    I was going through some of my stuff today and found a pair (why do we call them pairs?) of ladies *cough* knickers that I bought in the Smolyenska perehod in about 2004 from a vendor who had a table of cardboard boxes of ladies underwear for sale for 20 rubles apiece. I had never seen anything like it before in my life; it was freezing cold, I had no idea what world I'd been dropped into, and I could buy panties from fold-out tables in the subway.

    Those were the days, eh?

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    Thank you! I'd much rather talk panties than Trump or GRU!
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    You're welcome m'lady.

    I was always trying to memorize in which perehod I had seen what, in case I found myself in need of a negligee, an Egyptian handbag, or a new hair color from Slovenia.

    I was forever threatening to draw up a map of the Cherkizovsky rynok to make my fortune in the world. That place was impenetrable but sold every good under the sun and was a massive maze of iniquity, before the advent of GPS. I always eschewed the covered areas figuring if I ever went in there I'd never find my way out again - someone in the future would find my corpse clutching a bag full of of rhinestone studded high heels and a sack of cute skivvies and housewares.
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    I was always trying to memorize in which perehod I had seen what, in case I found myself in need of a negligee, an Egyptian handbag, or a new hair color from Slovenia.




    looks like you are here also for a long time.
    there were indeed times when I also was looking out for these tables wherever they were standing. some of them had good (counterfeit) music. some kiosk, special when I was still in Lipetsk, had all the english language films, long before they came on youtube. and there was the, Russian language, Computer Bild, a German Windows sponsord techie rag. But they always had in the middle a good CD with one english or German languge film. and tons of virus free freebees. I still have about 200 CD's from that time.
    and at one time they had watched. all fakes. all - konfiskat- or so they said. most of them were junk. but then I learned by chance, take them in your hand. and the ones that are HEAVY are the good ones. I still have a few, need a new batterie every other year. at that time the watches were 100 rubles each.
    There were always people around who flogging -genuine- Gillette razor blade. I found out quickly though, only when the cardboard was shiny, that is it was as covered with a thin -cling film-, they were genuine. the ones in plain cardboard were made somewhere in a - padval- and one could throw them away after one shave.
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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    Quote Originally Posted by natlee View Post
    Thank you! I'd much rather talk panties than Trump or GRU!

    Yeah me too!
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    Right on, annasophia, in another thread Benedikt and another member are debating whether the abolishment of kiosks was a good thing. I'm kind of with the other poster; if you don't want to waste time then the kiosk WAS the best equivalent to a quick run to the 7-11 in the US (better, even), and without these kiosks it does feel like there's nowhere to grab a quick (affordable) drink on the run.

    Besides I think the kiosks made Russia uniquely Russian and just like you don't want a Starbucks to replace Paisian cafes, I don't want these kiosks replaced with Vkusvilles & Pyatyorichkas.

    Another uniquely Russian thing that's still around are these closed and open air markets, like mini versions of Cherkizovsky I guess. What they lack in hygeine and quality of goods they more than make up for in convenience: I needed a connector to elongate my washing machine's drainage hose and while I did find it at Obi, it took forever to reach that part of the store and the price wasn't much lower than what I later found at some old man's kiosk in the market. So the next time I needed a knick knack, I didn't make the same mistake: instead of travelling and searching forever at Decatlon for a pump needle (to inflate a football), I went to the gray-bearded kooky guy at our local market and sure enough he had it for under 100 rubles, cash only, no big bills, please
    I am fascinated by Russia, this country with frigid weather, hard souls, and hot girls!

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    ^^ Absolutely. My local rynok had everything from fishing gear to a light bulb vendor to the Azeri who fixed my boots, to fresh crawdads and the best cookie kiosk in Moscow. The trips to Cherkizovsky were always a safari into the consumer cornucopia of riches and mystery and jeopardy.

    The whole plaza/perehod complex around Biblioteka Lenin was street party central, that was where I went to get my party on with a couple of Stary Melniks and whatever else was happening.
    I remember when the metro was full of slot machines, that was crazy.

    One time I was at Kievskaya in the early construction of the Evropa mall, and there was a huge dumpster full of construction debris that was on flaming fire. Perched on the edge the dumpster was a Tajik with a garden hose squirting water on the flames. No one paid a bit of attention to it. And nearby, I could also buy panties from a cardboard box while standing out in the snow.

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    Silly ninnies.

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