The Squeaky Robot

A Meddling Robot in a Human's World

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Posted on October 31, 2012

Much to my surprise, it is very cold here. It’s a face-burning kind of cold. When I remove my glove to change my music, the wind stings my fingers and it feels like my blood is freezing. Then I put the glove on and I feel the ice-crystal blood fill my extremities once again. And then my hand swells with heat. The winter curse of a music lover. But I appreciate all of these things because it means I’m in Russia and snow is falling and winter is coming and it’s cold, but so what? How terrible it would be to not have any discomfort, no? The night and the snow shut the city up. Everything gets quiet, apart from the soothing sound of…


Posted on May 21, 2011

  I was on the eight hour train from Petersburg to Moscow, completely disillusioned with my own ignorance. I had never committed seven major faux pas in a row (that I’ve been aware of), and I’d never slept in a train bunk with an old Russian woman staring at me from below with her beady eyes and flashing her gold teeth when she wanted to let me know of something I’d done wrong. She was not mean or cruel, just strict amd fastholding of traditional cultural norms regardless if her victim is aware of them or not. She was on her way to the south to relax. During the trip her grandson was learning how to spell, scrawling down the russian equivalents of “tomato” and “dog” –…