1. An animatronic executioner* stands guard outside the Medieval Torture Museum on the Peter and Paul Fortress grounds. Its head turns every 25 seconds or so.
2. The beach at the Neva River
*Exciting cultural exchange moment: I got to explain the word “animatronic” to the lovely Russian lesbian couple that showed us around yesterday. “In America, we have a restaurant chain called Chuck E’ Cheese where children have birthday parties. At Chuck E’ Cheese, they have a rock band with a mouse that is a machine like that executioner…”
I held off on posting this one because I don’t know how I felt about exploitation. But it does show off some serious upper body strength. Apparently, this was filmed at Panda World RESERVE in Fuzhou, China.
It’s almost midnight in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and the sky is still blue—not the bright blue of morning but definitely not the dark cover of night. Milky twilight; I finally understand what Sixpence None the Richer was getting at.
It’s been a disorienting 32 hours. Yesterday, I woke up at…