I finally got a glimpse of this beautiful city on the way to St. Petersburg State University this morning. It’s like a cross between Amsterdam and Venice, with large, beautiful buildings and lots of water and canals. I can’t wait to explore it on foot after our meetings end. After today’s session and dinner, we get a city tour, and on Wednesday we have half a day at the Peterhof Palace:
Our symposium (on marine snails) at the University is about to begin, in a very old building that once housed Mendeleev. Here is a photo of our small lecture hall (there are about 40 scientists here), taken with Photobooth. It is, without doubt, the fanciest place in which I’ll ever speak.