Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Design Market Ufa

Living abroad is cool, but unfortunately life becomes routine and boring after a while. Unlike big international cities, like Paris or London, Ufa isn't all that exciting. A while ago I came across a market that was similar to the Cleveland Flea. I love craft shows and flea markets, so I asked my roommate's girlfriend, Julia, for information. She told me about the market, and I knew I wanted to go at some point because I love this kind of thing.

The event is called Design Market, and it happens every few months. I still haven't figured out the exact schedule, but I think it might happen every two months. It was one of the coolest events I've been to in a while, in both the USA and Russia. It was a market for designers so people were selling anything from art to jewelry to clothes to food. I wanted to buy everything and if I didn't think I'd have to leave Russia I probably would have. I even sort of wished I had children just so I had an excuse to buy some of the things they offered.

I met my friend, Lyaysan, and her friend, Marina, there. Unfortunately, we didn't stay too long, which is why I'm dying for the next event. I didn't get a chance to try any of the food, and I love food. I also didn't take too many pictures because I still feel weird about taking pictures in places like this. I hate drawing attention to myself. Although, I did attract some attention by speaking English. It still blows my mind how excited people get when they hear someone speaking English. I really should work on my Russian.

The above two pictures are of Julia and her table. She is super talented and I recommend checking out her Instagram if you are interested in handmade jewelry. She is also an AMAZING artist. She made this for Katherine before Katherine left to move back to the USA. I bought a bracelet from her, and I bought a pair of earrings for my sister (hopefully she doesn't read this!) from Krasotulya. There were some many other things I wanted to purchase for myself and for gifts, but I think it was a good things we didn't spend too much time there or else I would have run out of money.

What are your favorite types of events to attend?

All opinions are my own, and I was not reimbursed in any way for this post. I just like sharing things I actually like from talented people. :)


  1. The market looks amazing! I love places like that too! I wish I could go with you. I also totally feel the same way about taking pictures, I don't like drawing any more attention to myself either lol There's so many things and moments to photograph though >_<

    1. It's so much easier to take pictures when I'm with people for some reason, but I think because so many sellers were staring at the customers it just felt weird. I also felt weird taking pictures and not buying anything.

      Come to Russia and we'll go next time!!

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