Top Nav

Bizarre Bazaar Finds


Walmart, McDonald’s, and Stop n Shop’s do not exist here (although Narodnie is an excellent little grocery store) in K-Stan. So, when I want to buy something not of designer quality, I head to the bazaar – a place I love, a place I hate… a place I simply love to hate!

Shopping at the bazaar used to be an insanely overwhelming experience, but now that normalcy has set in after a few months in Central Asia, I find them quite pleasurable (I’ll go there when I’m bored just to look around), and sometimes very amusing. Here I would like to share a few of the amazing finds that just make me giggle:

I’m an XXL?!

When wanting to add a pair of underwear to my wardrobe, I went to the underwear aisle to find a suitable piece. When the lady asked me my size I told her I was American and did not know for sure according to their labels. She pulled out a Large and said it was the normal size here.

I stood there for a few minutes looking at the very tiny piece of material held in front of my eyes. That’s normal?! It was at that moment that I looked around and quickly addressed the fact that these Asian and Russian girls have NO HIPS whatsoever, and I with my American-sized caboose am a bazaar panties size XXL. Go me.

The best T-shirt ever!

Since I only arrived in Bishkek with 2 t-shirts, I desperately needed more to add to my tiny wardrobe, especially when it started getting warm outside. I just couldn’t pass this one up when I found it.

dry cleaning shirt

“It’s timeta take your heart on the thing for dry cleaning. The dry cleaning service vanderful your winter clohets. Your dry cleaning service wonderful suggestions.”

My new kicks!

my new kicks

Yes, these shoes are on my feet. I simply couldn’t take my eyes off of them – just look at all the colors!

Toothpaste or propaganda?

white power

While browsing through the Chinese market, I came across this toothpaste. Instead of it reading “Whitening Power”, it simply states “White Power”. I have since seen this brand in the normal supermarkets so it is not indigenous to just the bazaars, but still deserves a shout-out.

Cheap Tupperware!

I just love all the Chinese products that make it over here with horrible English on it. Just take a look at this Tupperware.

storage container

“Cook should use convenient and smart kitchenware. Because good tool bring great pleasure in cooking. And cooking with pleasure bring delicious food.”

Well it is good to know that my cooking will be good when I use these!

And so conclude my bizarre bazaar finds thus far, but don’t you worry… There’s plenty more where that came from.


, , ,

5 Responses to Bizarre Bazaar Finds

  1. Kelly August 9, 2008 at 7:11 pm #

    Hi Brooke, I enjoyed reading this post! Funny stuff. I had a similar experience when I tried to buy underwear in Thailand! They were so tiny.
    Are people in K-stan into the Olympics and their athletes? I can imagine that might be an interesting experience.

  2. Bethany August 12, 2008 at 2:02 pm #


    For some reason i did not get RSS feeds on either of these posts but I was thinking there would be something new!

    This post is so funny. I love language translations. That tupperware must be what’s been lacking in my cooking skills all these years!


  1. Day 13: Gastro Happens, Sometimes Where You Least Expect | Brooke vs. the World - January 13, 2011

    […] Sure, I’ve had my fair share of “stomach trouble” as I adjusted to small amounts of tap water in Guatemala and to the diet and tap water in Kyrgyzstan. I had to boil my water in Ukraine in order to drink it as a tea. I ate salads and food prepared at the markets in Bishkek. […]

  2. Across Languages: Words with Negative Connotations - February 13, 2011

    […] You may also enjoy my watching a movie abroad (with no subtitles) post, or maybe even my post about bizarre bazaar finds. […]

  3. You Can’t Do That at the Bazaar | Brooke vs. the World - August 23, 2012

    […] Can’t Do That at the Bazaar Who doesn’t love a good bazaar? Pat shopping in a Kyrgyz […]

Leave a Reply

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes