August 27, 1996
Today's notes are really sketchy and illegible to boot.
Pacific Institute of Geography
We visited Dr. Shulkin (Vladimir) in his lab at the Pacific Institute of Geography. I was surprised at how dilapidated the lab looks. Like everything else in Vladivostok it is undergoing renovations.
Valdimir is in the geochemistry department, which encompasses:
- uplands - metal cycles through forest, rain to watershed, etc.
- coastal ecosystems - metals and other chemicals in coastal
waters, in bottom sediments & marine organisms (hence the mussels)
- geoinformation systems - mapping geochemical info for land use planning
Institute of Marine Biology
Grand building with a great view!
Met Dr. Kristoforov (sp? - i have no idea if i've even come close to her name
here - a) I can't read my writing and b) I don't think I knew how to spell it
to begin with) who is organizing a conference for September on pollution
and remediation in Amursky Bay.
Cool giant starfish in the conference room.
Note: I guess I need to to some Natalie Goldberg style writing practice
to retrieve the memories of this day.
GUM Department Store
Late in the afternoon, after the lab visits, Marge and I hopped on the tram
to the GUM department store. The only really big store in town. It seemed
almost like a museum of consumer goods. Most stuff was in cases and
behind counters. No self service. The building was of architectural interest - built
at the end of the 19th century.
A Gray and White Kitten
I was having breakfast in the hotel restaurant when white cat with gray spots,
very dirty, walked in. The babushka who was washing the floor started talking
to it in a soothing tone like you would to a child, and tried to convince it
to leave. It headed for the kitchen. She tried to reason with it. It got to the
kitchen door and she scooped it up , put it outside, and went back to her floor
washing. Later I told Marge about it. She had seen the same kitten outside.
It probably lives off the garbage mountain 'cause it looks well-fed enough.