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    • #449749
      Pam2
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      Sick of these Russia videos yet? I’m not so here’s another one.

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      djean111
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      Wish I had seen them before I ever went there.  Now I feel like part of my time there may have looked like Dave Barry’s hilarious book about going to Japan.  Anyway, I like the videos, and wondering if anyone is “noting” who posts them and who likes them just adds to the fun!

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      HassleCat
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      We stayed in a pensionne just a few blocks from the flea market. It’s big, too much to see in one day. Like flea markets all over the world, it’s full of cheap junk and knockoff merchandise, but there is some cool stuff, too.

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      GZeusH
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      Keep ’em coming, I like B&B’s travelogs.

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      jbnw
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      but it does look a lot like a bazar in Kamenskoe, Ukraine or by the Privoz market in Odessa. There is the Izmailovsky Market in Moscow, which was fun:

      https://pradiz.com/blog/izmailovsky-market/

      That’s where I found the existence of podstakanniki (under glass holders for tea in trains, and the Ukrainian railroad still uses them!) and got a Soviet tea tray – it was sitting in the dirt, and the seller was really surprised I was interested).

      The podstakanniki were just in a big pile – for the former Soviets, they’re just old and old fashioned. Mine from Izmailovsky looks like this with a nice Soviet Cosmos design.


      @pam2
      thank you – that was fun, and those flea markets / bazars can be fun to visit, but they are also good reminders that making a living in the former Soviet Union can be a real challenge.

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        Pam2
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        @jbnw

        Cool item! Do you have a cup that fits it so you can use it?

         

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          jbnw
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          The dealer at the market found one for me, so it’s similar to the picture below.

          I was really pleasantly surprised that when you order tea on Ukrzaliznytsia you get hot water in a glass with a podstakannik and tea bags. It was much thinner and lighter than the older versions, but still in use 🙂

          I managed to find a new one from the Ukrainian railway, even!  If you want, you can buy it for 200 hryvnia (about $7.50) at https://izi.ua/p-8009141-podstakanniki-zhd-ukraina-ukrzaliznitsya-kak-v-poezde .

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        HassleCat
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        I was quite surprised by those. We took the overnight train from St Pete to Moscow. The train was generally a little tacky, severely overheated (whew!) and showing its age. The snack items were just OK and the vodka was overpriced and raspy. But those silver tea glass holders were top drawer, probably left over from the days when party dignitaries frequeted the train. I couldn’t believe they were not stolen years ago.

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