although it may look unusual, these guys are being thoughtful enough to knock off what are possible threats from above. (the sign above them says computer, if my russian is correct)
speaking of russian, i'm still a long ways off from knowing the even the most basic russian. but the little i do know is starting to get actual looks of understanding instead of raised eyebrows or shaking heads. it's a small victory, i know, but every little positive response I get helps keep me focused on studying more.
i made my first successful batch of ice cream over the weekend. unfortunately the first one i attempted had an accident. since then i've made sure i don't put salt in an unmarked container and mistake it for sugar. try putting 1 1/2 cups of salt into 4 cups of milk/cream to see what i mean.
i've been adding all my old photos from australia and africa to my flickr account, so keep an eye on the mosaic in the sidebar. it's easier to manage them that way and i'll be able to finally shut down my original blog.