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Cum sa calatoresti ieftin: CUMPARATURILE - partea II

March 9, 2017

 

RO: Asa cum spuneam si in articolul Cum sa calatoresti ieftin: CUMPARATURILE - partea I (click aici), de fiecare data cand merg intr-un oras nou imi place sa-mi cumpar macar un obiect vestimentar de acolo. Dar traditia mea nu este, de fapt, doar sa imi cumpar cate ceva, ci sa gasesc magazinul meu preferat: PRIMARK! Cred ca jumatate din hainele mele sunt de acolo. Dar de ce imi place atat de mult Primark si ce este el de fapt? Primark este un lant de magazine care a debutat in Dublin, Irlanda, si apoi s-a extins treptat in majoritatea tarilor din Europa, iar in 2015 s-a deschis chiar si in Statele Unite ale Americii, in Boston. Acest brand se bazeaza pe principiul fast fashion, un fel de fast food al hainelor, produsele fiind foarte ieftine, la doar cativa euro/ cateva lire, dar actuale, permitand clientilor sa isi schimbe garderoba cat mai des posibil. Unele articole sunt si mai scumpe (cred ca cel mai scump articol pe care l-am vazut eu era undeva la 40 euro, deci aproximativ 180 lei), dar de fiecare data cand am fost la Primark am gasit reduceri si mi-am cumparat multe produse pana in 5-10 euro. In fiecare magazin al acestui brand in care am fost pana acum era o aglomeratie cum nu am mai vazut in alta parte, sute de oameni invartinu-se peste tot, coborand si urcand etajele, de la etajul cu haine pentru femei, la cel cu articole pentru casa, si apoi la cel cu produse pentru barbati. De obicei nu e greu sa imi dau seama pe unde este un Primark pentru ca de fiecare data cand ma plimb pe o strada si deodata vad din ce in ce mai multi oameni care se chinuie sa care mai multe pungi de cat pot cu logo-ul magazinui pe ele, inseamna ca ma apropii si eu de el. Imi amintesc ca in Londra imi luasem la cabina un munte de haine sa le probez si am stat la coada vreo 20 minute doar ca sa se elibereze o cabina. Saracul Alex se trantise pe jos intr-un colt al magazinului exasperat de aglomeratie si atatea femei in jurul lui. Cand am iesit de acolo cred ca a devenit brusc cel mai fericit barbat din lume. Dar lasa Alex, am fost cu tine si la etajul barbatilor!

 

 

 

EN: As I mentioned in the article entitled How to travel affordably: SHOPPING - part I (click here), every time I go to a new city I like buying at least one item of clothing from there. Actually, my tradition consists not just of buying something, but of finding the PRIMARK store! A lot of people have probably heard about PRIMARK, maybe some have never heard about it, but this is definitely my favourite store and I think half of my clothes are bought from there. But what is Primark actually and why do I like it so much? Primark is a chain store, which first launched in Dublin, Ireland, then steadily expanded to most European countries, and even opened a store in the USA, in Boston in 2015. This brand is based on the principle of fast fashion, a sort of fast food for clothes, as products are very cheap, costing only a few euros/pounds, so they allow clients to change their wardrobe as often as possible. Some articles are more expensive (I think the most expensive article I found cost around 40 euros, or roughly 180 lei), but every time I went to Primark there were discounts, so I bought many products ranging from 5 to 10 euros. Every store from this brand that I've been to was more crowded than I could ever imagine, with hundreds of people walking around, going up and down the stairs, from the women's clothing floor to the one with household items and then to the male clothing section. Usually it's not very hard to figure out where Primark is: if I'm walking on the street and I suddenly see more and more people struggling to carry bags with the store's logo on them, it means I'm close. I remember in London I took a ton of clothes to try on in the fitting room and I spent 20 minutes at the queue just so one of them could become available. Poor Alex had been lying down in a corner of the store, exasperated by the crowd and by so many women around him. When we got out of there, he suddenly became the happiest man on earth. Never mind, Alex, I went with you to the men's floor as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

RO: Partea buna este ca Primark nu vinde doar haine, ci si accesorii, pantofi, genti, poduse de make up si articole pentru casa. In ultimele luni am fost obsedata de designul de interior,  iar cum in luna Octombrie am trecut pe la Primark-ul din Berlin, normal ca m-am oprit la raionul cu produselor decorative pentru casa si mi-am cumparat cate ceva. Imi doream de mult niste lumini mai speciale pe care sa le agat de harta razuibila primita cadou de la Alex de ziua mea si imediat mi-a atras atentia un sirag de becuri incorporate in trandafiri albi. Erau exact de imi doream si costau doar 3 euro. Tot de acolo am mai cumparat o cuvertura alba de pat (nu-mi mai amintesc exact pretul, dar cred ca a fost 7 euro) si 3 perne decorative - doua rosii din catifea si inca una cu pasari flamingo roz - , fiecare la 3 euro. Cu 19 euro mi-am decorat tot dormitorul! 

 

 

EN: The good thing about Primark is that it doesn't only sell clothes, but also accessories, shoes, bags, make-up products and household items. During the last few months I've been obsessed with interior design, and, since I stopped by the Primark in Berlin in October, I obviously had to buy some decorations. I had wanted some special lights for a long time, lights that I could hang around the scrapable map which I received as a gift from Alex for my birthday; a string of light bulbs incorporated into white roses instantly caught my attention. They were exactly what I was looking for, and they only cost 3 euros. I also bought a white bed sheet (I don't remember the price exactly, probably around 7 euros) and 3 decorative pillows - two red velvet ones and one with pink flamingos - each costing 3 euros. I decorated my entire bedroom for 19 euros!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RO: In ceea ce priveste hainele, nu a putut sa nu-mi atraga atentia tara lor de fabricatie, majoritatea articolelor fiind produse chiar aici, in Romania, sau nu departe de noi, in Moldova. Le-am adus inapoi acasa, de unde au plecat!

 

 

EN: As for the clothes, I couldn't help but notice their country of origin, most of the articles being made here, in Romania, or not far from us in Moldova. I brought them back home, where they came from!

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

RO: Cateva exemple de articole pe care le-am cumparat de la Primark:

EN: Here are a few examples of articles that I bought from Primark:

 

1. Tricou 2 in 1: 3 EURO

1. 2 for 1 T-shirt: 3 euros

 

 

 

 

 

2. Fusta cu fermoar: 5 euro

2. Zipper skirt: 5 euros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Geanta mini : 3 euro

3. Mini bag: 3 euros

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Rochie: 5 euro + geanta: 5 euro

4. Dress: 5 euros + bag: 5 euros

 

 

 

 

 

RO: Rochia asta cred ca este una dintre preferatele mele. Imi place pentru ca o pot purta atat untr-un mix casual, cat si intr-unul mai elegant si feminin.

In prima varianta am purtat rochia cu o jacheta rosie din fas si o pereche de pantofi simpli negrii cu talpa groasa - o tinuta comoda de zi.

 

 

EN: I think this dress is one of my favourites. I like the fact that I can wear it both as part of a casual mix and as part of an elegant, feminine one.

For the first option I wore the dress with a red jacket and a pair of plain black thick-soled shoes - a comfortable everyday outfit.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

RO: Pentru o versiune mai eleganta a rochiei am adaugat o pereche de stiletto rosii, o bluza innodata pe umeri si o geanta mini tot de la Primark (5 euro). Stiu ca am eu ceva cu rosul in ultima vreme, dar chiar mi se pare ca merge cu aceasta rochie.

 

 

 

EN: For a more elegant version of the dress I added a pair of red stilettos, a blouse tied around the shoulders and a mini bag, also from Primark (5 euros). I don't know if I'm obsessed with red, but I really think it goes well with this dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Translated by Matthew B.

Photos by Alexandra I. C.

 

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list!

NINA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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