How the Olympics is affecting Sochi and its people
Feb20

How the Olympics is affecting Sochi and its people

For a spectator, traveling to the Olympic Games takes about 24 hours of constant travel, but once you see Sochi and all it has to offer, the inconvenience and jet lag drift away. Others have endured and waited for this moment far longer than 24 hours. Residents of Sochi have been living through Olympic construction since the Russian bid for the Olympic Games in 2007—and it has taken a toll. 14 years of preparations “Due to the Olympic...

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View of Sochi from a taxi cab
Feb19

View of Sochi from a taxi cab

Walking the streets of Adler after midnight during a light rain, it’s not easy to maneuver, but taxi drivers are readily available. The drivers tend to park their cars in groups on the side of the road, where they lean against a few cars to chat and smoke. The price of a taxi is determined by your haggling skills.  If more than one car is needed, then a debate on prices ensues with two drivers. The drive from Adler to the Louis...

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Sochi moments
Feb07

Sochi moments

Olympic volunteers The Olympic organizing committee received 200,000 volunteer applications from 101 countries. Volunteers must be fluent in English and may assist in transportation, medical services, doping-control, servicing the delegation, technology, ceremonies, press operations, accreditation, events, sport, National Olympic and Paralympic committees, arrivals and departures, language services, Olympic and Paralympic Family...

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What people think when you say, “I’m going to Russia!”
Feb04

What people think when you say, “I’m going to Russia!”

In August 2013, I told my friends and family I was going to Russia to cover the 2014 Winter Olympics. Their initial reactions were not exactly positive. I believe there were definite flash backs to the Cold War for my grandma. She started talking about dodging under desks and practicing covering her eyes from the flash. I laughed at the comment, but now I’m beginning to realize media and movies about Russian culture may be influencing...

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The fear of being the ugly American tourist
Feb03

The fear of being the ugly American tourist

The stereotypical white sneakers, fanny pack, sun visor and flashing disposable camera of the ugly American tourist is the picture I fear I will be when I am in Russia. We had a crash course on how to pack for 10 days in a carry-on suitcase and how to dress during our stint in Sochi. Not only am I going to be in a foreign country where English is not commonly spoken, but also people from all around the world are about to converge on...

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