Food inside Olympic Park won’t win any medals
Feb25

Food inside Olympic Park won’t win any medals

Street performances, full concerts, and sponsored booths immerse visitors in Russian culture and the festive atmosphere of Olympic Park. Alongside the shows and shopping are vendors selling a range of food. There’s one problem, however. The food, according to some visitors who ate it, is sub-par when compared to the other attractions on offer. Not a New York slice Brandon Williams, a New York native, bought a four-cheese pizza and...

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Olympic sponsor Volkswagen Group has built a showcase visible from the entrance of Olympic Park
Feb21

Olympic sponsor Volkswagen Group has built a showcase visible from the entrance of Olympic Park

After going through a security checkpoint and stepping out of the entrance building in Olympic Park, visitors are immersed in a spectacle of sights and sounds. Volunteer workers, who are shouting welcome and other chants in Russian through megaphones, immediately greet visitors. To the right, a massive grandstand meant for the upcoming 2014 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi towers over the building. About 20 yards past the...

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Security in Sochi proves thorough, but visitors aren’t complaining
Feb13

Security in Sochi proves thorough, but visitors aren’t complaining

Being on a world stage, Russia has created one of the world’s largest security forces for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Nearly 40,000 guards walk the streets, look through bags and patrol train stations leading to events. Russia has pulled security from police and military forces and has set them apart from the volunteer force by cladding them in purple uniforms decorated in traditional Russian patterns. The majority of security...

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A day in Amsterdam- a new outlook on life
Feb07

A day in Amsterdam- a new outlook on life

Due to snowmageddon part two dumping nearly a foot of fresh powder on the Midwest United States, my flight for Amsterdam left a day early. This meant I would get to spend an entire day in Amsterdam before I had to catch my flight to Moscow. Not a bad trade-off for bad weather, right? Now I could go on for forever about how wonderful Amsterdam is and how beautiful and charming the buildings are, but I noticed something a little better....

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“The Check”

Like everyone else who’s going to Russia, I’m freaking out. The realization that I’m actually going in less than four days is blowing my mind, and I feel like I’m underprepared. I feel like I’m missing something. There’s a form I missed. And considering I filled out quite a few of them, it wouldn’t surprise me if I have. I don’t even know if I have clothes for this. Granted, I’m spoiled beyond belief and could go almost half a year...

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