Posts tagged Green Market

Midwest Gals Go Shopping in Almaty


Saturday afternoon provided perfect slushiness on the sidewalks to freely roam around the Green Market.  Kathy (Indiana), Tanya (Ohio) and me from (Minnesota) first went to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in the Green Market and then went to the “Second Hand” stores looking for the best bargains.  We checked which ones were still open, I used to know where seven of them were just north of the Green Market bazaar.  We only visited four stores and one has gone really upscale with major remont while their prices were the best in fur coats.  One beautiful fur we were feeling was 19,000 tenge but with 70% reduction it amounted to $58!!!  We were tempted, okay to touch but NOT to buy!  Girls day out in the sun was fun while trying to get bargains at other shops with the use of the valuable word “skeet-ka” which translates into “bargain.”  Worked like a charm every time.

The following photo shows two men struggling with a cart full of chunks of ice they were moving out from the Green Market.  You didn’t have to know Russian to know one was yelling at the other “Go this way!”  The other would angrily respond, “I can’t, the wheels are caught” or something like that.  They created enough of a commotion that I had time to get my camera out for a snap of the arduous efforts to move their cart of ice through the crowds of shoppers.


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Pix of Tough Tulips, Stretch Limos & Pink Balloon

Tough tulipsmore tulipsstretch limo 2stretch limoballoon in blue sky“Tough Tulips” reign supreme after the snow we had which held some blooms captive, some flowers are delayed but they should be able to bounce back and glow with the best of them.  As I was walking down Furmanova yesterday, I must have seen about five stretch limos with several cars decked out in festive ribbons following behind.  Weddings abound in this spring time air.  What a beautiful day of crisp, clear blue sky weather we enjoyed as I made my brisk walk downhill to the Green Market.

I went to my favorite Second Hand stores (just north of Green Market) after I checked to see if my Iranian friend, A.Z. was still at her shop.  She was gone I was told by the gal behind the counter.  I will have to go to my sources to confirm that A.Z. sold her optical shop and is in Vancouver, Canada taking up her new job.  I was pleased to buy two pairs of Birkenstock sandals for $40 at one S.H. store, normally they cost about $100 each in the U.S.  I also bought some very blue dress pants.  I bought a gift for Ken’s upcoming birthday, actually I bought two gifts for him yesterday and can’t wait to surprise him on Wednesday.

I had a wonderful day for many reasons but one was witnessing a pink helium balloon drifting higher into the cloudless, blue sky of Almaty! (if you maximize photo, the balloon is the pin dot in the center) I felt as free and exurberant as that pink balloon!!!

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