Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

24 Jul 2001, 6:15 a.m.


Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I'm listening to National Public Radio right now. It's a story about Dmitry Sklyarov. Wow, I didn't know how much I missed Bob Edwards's voice until just now.

"Construction" refers to Nyevskii Prospekt, which is -- by far -- the road here in St. Petersburg upon which I walk the most. There's a bunch of construction going on along both sides. Sidewalks are appearing, slowly, and every day it seems that there are more and more square feet of concrete upon which I may walk. It's an unusual, always surprising feeling to have the luxury of space where before I had to scruffle around Russian crowds. And the relatively steady pace of the construction gives me optimism about this country.

Did anyone else's family ever tell them to "act your age, not your shoe size"?

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