There’s been absolutely no time for me to write as the meetings are keeping us busy from morning until late at night. That said, they’ve been fun. Talks during the day, a huge breakfast buffet in the hotel, and lunch and dinner at fancy restaurants.
Last night we had a wonderful 3-hour cruise up the Neva combined with a great dinner. I drank too much vodka, I fear, so I’m writing this under a bit of a fog. We also saw a statue in the University courtyard to Pavlov’s CATS (I took a photo). That, at least, is what we were told, although I didn’t know that Pavlov worked on cats. Although he was indeed at St. Petersburg State University), I’m dubious, for I can’t imagine a cat being conditioned. (“I’m not fricking salivating on cue!”). Perhaps an alert reader can ascertain whether this is true.
At lunchtime today they promised to take us to the University Museum, where, we’re told, resides the only stuffed mammoth in the world (I presume it’s one of the specimens preserved in permafrost.)
Tomorrow we have a half day at the Peterhof palace (see photo from my previous post), and I give the plenary lecture. Then I’ll have four days on my own, and I hope to do some posting then. Never fear, though—I’ve taken plenty of photos and if I can’t post a travelogue here, I’ll do it when I return. The statue to “Pavlov’s cats” is hilarious.
Thanks to Greg and Matthew for keeping things going.
UPDATE: Yes, the cat statue is the one a reader posted in the comments below, and the reader is right: it has nothing to do with Pavlov. I now have the full story on that statue from a local physiologist, and will recount it when I do a proper posting.