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Anyone headed to SochI?

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I booked tickets today!  I guess Sochi is not that popular a spot, and hence we were invited by friends in high places to go to the Olympics with full credentials.  Somehow that didn't happen for places like Vancouver or London.

 

I've never even been to Russia, so we'll spend some time in Moscow.  I hear it can be cold in February.

 

If anyone is in the neighborhood, we need to get together for a (barking) Russian bear vodka!

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I booked tickets today!  I guess Sochi is not that popular a spot, and hence we were invited by friends in high places to go to the Olympics with full credentials.  Somehow that didn't happen for places like Vancouver or London.



 



I've never even been to Russia, so we'll spend some time in Moscow.  I hear it can be cold in February.



 



If anyone is in the neighborhood, we need to get together for a (barking) Russian bear vodka!


 



Sochi isn't very popular for a number of reasons. First, it's always been a summer resort in the past. The ski resort has always been rather undeveloped. Second, it's not very easy to get to from outside Russia. Most people have to fly via Moscow, which makes it more expensive than places with direct flights. Third, the infrastructure wasn't all that great (hence, the high cost of these Olympics), and Russia in general hasn't been tourist-friendly in the past (visa restrictions, very little signage in English, underdeveloped service industry, etc.).

As for Moscow in February, yes it can get fairly chilly. I lived there for a couple of years, and there were a number of days when the high temperature was -20 C (-4 F) in January and February. Wrap up.
post #3 of 18
Good article in the new Issue of Powder on the skiing in Sochi.smile.gif
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Good article in the new Issue of Powder on the skiing in Sochi.smile.gif

That piece did not exactly give me the warm fuzzies.
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
 

I booked tickets today!  I guess Sochi is not that popular a spot, and hence we were invited by friends in high places to go to the Olympics with full credentials.  Somehow that didn't happen for places like Vancouver or London.


 


I've never even been to Russia, so we'll spend some time in Moscow.  I hear it can be cold in February.


 


If anyone is in the neighborhood, we need to get together for a (barking) Russian bear vodka!

 



Sochi isn't very popular for a number of reasons. First, it's always been a summer resort in the past. The ski resort has always been rather undeveloped. Second, it's not very easy to get to from outside Russia. Most people have to fly via Moscow, which makes it more expensive than places with direct flights. Third, the infrastructure wasn't all that great (hence, the high cost of these Olympics), and Russia in general hasn't been tourist-friendly in the past (visa restrictions, very little signage in English, underdeveloped service industry, etc.).

As for Moscow in February, yes it can get fairly chilly. I lived there for a couple of years, and there were a number of days when the high temperature was -20 C (-4 F) in January and February. Wrap up.

so just like  Quebec but warmer then?

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That piece did not exactly give me the warm fuzzies.

 

It will be an interesting Olympics, that is for sure.

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I am not even bringing skis.  There will be no skiing for the public during the games.  akkk!

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so just like  Quebec but warmer then?

 

Friendlier locals too.

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I have a few friend/athletes that will hopefully be competing!

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Friendlier locals too.

 



Um, not really. smile.gif
post #11 of 18

I'm boycotting the olympics at Sochi because Russia's become homophobic and hateful. Gay athletes or tourists in Russia during the olympics can be prosecuted under whatever vague homophobic criteria the local law enforcement chooses to enact. 

 

Anti-gay law in Russia prompts rise in homophobic violence

 

Timeline of Putin's homophobic reign of terror

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 Gay athletes or tourists in Russia during the olympics can be prosecuted under whatever vague homophobic criteria the local law enforcement chooses to enact. 

 

 

It's even worse than that. ANYBODY can be charged with "spreading homosexual propaganda."  It's possible even talking about how morally wrong the laws are could be interpreted as against the law.

 

Personally, I think Olympic athletes should turn the Olympics into one non-stop gay-a-thon. Make the whole thing, from the opening ceremony to the closing be gayer than Saturday night in the Castro. Rainbows everywhere. Makeouts on the medal podium. Make it so there is noplace for the cameras to go. Every single interview with any athlete should immediately turn to the "spreading of homosexual propoganda."

post #13 of 18
The snippet on npr this morning - barely awake when I heard it, so bear that in mind - was about the abuses currently being suffered by the near-slave labor brought in from central Asia. Now that most of the work is done, I guess they're being driven out forcibly to make room for - and what the PTB apparently feel will be a better impression on - all of the first world guests, journalists, etc.
post #14 of 18

i hadn't heard about sochi but i'm not surprised...

 

a lot of the infrastructure for these big events are built in shady conditions... for exemple the infrastructure of the world cup in quatar is being built by nepalese workers who have been shipped in by the million and a lot of them fall under the modern definition of slavery.

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Even though Russia has dropped on the "nice place to visit" list quite a bit in the past couple years I'd still not turn down a free trip to go see the Winter Olympics there or just about anywhere but North Korea or Iran. Do you suppose I could wear a P#$$^ Riot t-shirt there without getting arrested?   I do believe that there is a high risk of terrorism there though.  I'd take that chance though as long as our athletes are also going there.

 

Be sure to give us a trip report with plenty of stoke!

post #17 of 18

russia's fine. here's a few pics of the findland and russian girls on for example the burton team.

 

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post #18 of 18

Just don't fly there on a Russian carrier:  "Russia and the former Soviet republics combined had one of the world's worst air-traffic safety records in 2011, with a total accident rate almost three times the world average, according to the International Air Transport Association." (http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/11/17/world/europe/17reuters-russia-crash.html?hp)

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