one of the many places i drive by but never check out is the 2nd river area. one of the biggest reasons is the traffic in vlad. you're better off, when driving, by exploring in the morning to avoid the traffic jams that develop by noon. last sunday, i decided to check out the asian markets after having lunch with friends. traffic was bumper to bumper as usual and after almost an hour for normally a 10 min drive i made it to русскя ул.
the market consists of several rows of outdoor vendors in little kiosks selling mostly the same thing in each stalll; footware, electronics, household wares, and clothes. i was a little disappointed in the lack of variety, but i did scout out several things that might come in handy in the future. even though the weather was cold it was still fun to browse through the shops. i found one section entirely devoted to fur hats which was entertaining to watch as people of all ages tried them on. i'll get a photo of that posted later.
off of the outdoor shops, there a very large fish market. i didn't explore it, but it looks like it has everything you could possible want if you're craving something special.
next to the outdoor shops theres also a couple large mult-storied buildings that have more western mall type shops, mainly selling clothes. i checked both of them out mainly because i remembered someone saying there was a bedding shop in one of them. i needed a couple pillows. i found the shop but the keeper's sign was up saying they'd be back in 5 min. looking through the small shops window i could see they didn't carry any queen size pillows. doh. the quest continues.
overall the market was a positive experience. i saw several things that would come in handy for my stay here. i'll be going back soon to pick up some bargains.