Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

02 Aug 2001, 5:56 a.m.

We'll Always Have Petrograd

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

Wow, The Onion actually has some really funny headlines today. I won't spoil it by actually reading the stories, though.

About three days left in St. Petersburg.

I'm just falling further and further behind in telling you all about what's going on in my life. So here's the short version:

  • Saturday, early in the morning, I had a really interesting conversation with Galen. I then went on an excursion about the Blockade of Leningrad and, after random social stuff, went to Casey's birthday party at an "Irish bar." Its name: "Mollie's." It was declared that this was an "American Irish bar." I actually enjoyed drinking, really, for the first time. Tasty alcohol: dangerous!
  • On Sunday, we had an empowerment session of whining and wishlisting with the guy who really runs ACTR's academic stuff over here. Later, I went to the club "Money Honey" with my tutor. Nothing like symbolism of the Old South, e.g., Confederate flags, hanging around as Ukranian bands play American rockabilly hits. When you don't even bat an eye at that sort of incongruity, it's time to go home.
  • Monday: we heard a neat song by Nautilus Pompilus in ... Russian Literature?!

    So 'pri' means 'during' and not 'before'? If I understood Russian History Lecture at all, that would change some of it!

  • Tuesday: A woman playing a recorder in the metro, "Summertime [And the Living is Easy]."
  • Wednesday: Excursion, cemetery, good dinner with friends.
  • Thursday: Last classes. Amazingly easy Grammar test. Evaluations. Tonight I ahve friends over for dinner.

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