I loved being in St. Petersburg, but it’s also good to be home. Here are three shots of Chicago I took right before I left; as I recall, it’s during one sunset.
I’ll begin posting photos and account of my trip tomorrow. I have tons of things to talk about and show—what would you like to hear about and see first? I can’t decide, so I’ll let you guys do it.
- The Hermitage and its art
- Other Russian art
- The city of St. Petersburg
- Dostoevsky’s pad
- Russian cats
- Russian food
- Signs of the revolution
- The Tsars
60 thoughts on “Sweet home Chicago”
Dostoyevsky’s pad and the relation of Dostoyevsky to St. Petersburg in general.
For example, the places where Crime and Punishment takes place.
I want it all! NOW NOW NOW NEOW!
Ahem…sorry ’bout that….
If I really had to, I think I’d vote for cats and food first.
7 – signs of the revolution, please!
Seconded. Sounds serious, but intriguing.
I also vote for the revolution, then food and cats.
Oh dear – different choices!
Russian food! Definitely russian food. It sets the scene so well for everything else.
Yes, food first please!
Russian food please!
The city of St Petersburg, then food. Definitely not cats. I hate them. /jk
Welcome home. You missed all the really crap weather.
Too many cats around here, I agree.
City & Dostoevsky’s place in it, then food…
7. Signs of the revolution.
Thanks for asking.
Original Russian Food, please.
Then Dostoevsky’s pad.
All spiced up with cat pictures. They give me allergies, but I like’m…
Definitely the Tsars. “The Russian Revolution which simmered for years suddenly erupted when the serfs finally realized that the Czar and the Tsar were the same person.” – Woody Allen
An Allenism new to me. Thanks! & lol
#7, #5, then #4.
Russian food, definitely first for me!
Did you happen to see many stray dogs?
I heard that they are getting to be pretty smart. using the train and such.
CATS > Signs of the revolution > the city > Dostoevsky
All of them!
snails, food & cats please
welcome home !
Food. Vicarious pleasure for me at the moment 🙂
the rest any order is fine
Art depicting Revolutionary-era Tsarist cat food, found in Dostoevsky’s St. Petersburg pad.
But what are you really asking here, Professor Coyne? Are you FINALLY admitting we have FREE WILL by offering us these choices? Was it free will that sent you to St Petersburg, or an expression of your genes? Isn’t the fact that most people have selected “Russian Food” clear evidence that more primal forces are at work here, instead of some ill-defined theistic concept of free will? Furthermore… and furthermore…
Oh the hell with it I’ll take Fyodor D.
You couldn’t resist could you, saintStephen?
Food, food, food!
Paintings of cats noming Russian food at the Hermitage while reading Dostoevsky and plotting revolution.
Funny how all but the Dostoevsky part sounds perfectly plausible…
Revolutionary food! Revolutionary cats!
Cats that look like Stalin! Cats that look like Dostoevsky! Cats that look like the Tsar!
Food, with recipes please.
Russian cat food!
The city of St. Petersburg
Russian cats. I want to know of their quirks!
I want to hear ’em go meov, meov…
🙂 ^ 2
Way off topic question. Would it be an evolutionary advantage for a given species to produce more female offspring than male, and if so, why have no species taken advantage of it? For instance, with calico cats, most of them are female, so it seems that it’s possible for at least color variation to affect gender probability, so why not given species doing the same?
For a little background I’m not a biologist and only have a hobbyist’s interest in evolution. And this question may just prove my ignorance, but I thought it was interesting.
This Wiki about Fisher’s principle explains why the sex ratio of most species is approximately 1:1
This other Wiki about sex ratio says this:
[I don’t like the use of the word gender in the above quote]
My 3rd & final Wiki is about the Nasonia genus of parasitoid wasp. The female deposits her eggs on the host diptera pupae. The eggs can be either fertilized, producing females or unfertilized, producing males. Now here’s the interesting bit:
Fascinating! The article on Fisher principle was very close to what I’m looking for. I still have one or two other questions. It’s clear that in harsh environments both males and females must take equal role in raising their young, so the ratio between them must be about 1:1. And the other articles gave me more insight into how such a mechanism would work. My only other question would be are there any populations that reproduce through sex where the sex ratio is non-Fisherian?
The city, the people, what they eat, their cats, how they live.
1D8 – then repeat, 1D6, repeat, 1D4 and repeat, then flip a coin – and it’s all decided by god!
Can I haz Feodor naw?
I’d vote for St. Pete.
As I lived on Russian food for years, I’ll pass on that option.
Did you have any problems with the storms in Chicago?
Russian food, definitely.
THE HERMITAGE – One view from The Russian Ark isn’t enough! Might share some recipes for us to try as we read the blog…
Very envious to hear of your recent travels to St.Petersburg. For me the greatest fascination remains the city’s founder – Peter the Great. I read a magnificent biography of him about 15 years ago and decided to make the short trip from Australia to Russia to see Moscow and see St.Petersburg for myself (it was well worth it). I’m currently learning Russian with a friend who speaks it fluently.
It’s hard to pin down what makes the city so wonderful – the heavily flavoured European architecture so distinct from Moscow for one thing. Anyway, it’s an enchanting place!
I have learn a few good stuff here. Definitely value bookmarking for revisiting.
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