My family and close friends know that I’ve been obsessed with hedgehogs since I received a certain stuffed animal for Christmas when I was six. But hedgehogs aren’t native to North America, and so I could only look at pictures and collect hedgehog-themed crap.

Kostia promised me that there were hundreds of hedghogs in the village where his country house is, but they must be having a rough summer, because I’ve been there twice now and haven’t seen any yet.

However! On the way back from the country, we stopped by his best friend’s parents’ house, and his best friend’s brother had recently caught a hedgehog. So, at last, I got to hold one. It was as cute as I could have hoped, as you can see: