Well, we leave for Moscow in the morning. We'll spend three days in Moscow, followed by ten days in Sochi. I'm not sure if I should be excited or dreading the trip but it ought to be interesting.
A friend got us some rather good credentials which will allow us some excellent access , including a good price at a top hotel. I read this yesterday, which was quite encouraging:
~~Olympic Park Perfection” 5 of 5 stars
Not many things in the Sochi Olympic Park are worth writing reviews about. The lack of water, electricity, dust, noise, people and general chaos makes a person want to run for cover. Cover is exactly what you will find here at (this hotel). Stepping inside everything drowns away. You are greeted inboth Russian and English languages, there is no smell of dust, no sound of drilling and the receptionist hurry around slightly nervous to try to get you checked in as quickly as possible (if you have ever been to this part of Russia, you would know that normally, you, the customer is actually bothering the recpetionist from here mobile phone and you are generally unwanted) with a smile on their face trying to make sure you have a pleasant experience.
The steak and vegetables I had might have been the very first good meal I have had in a restuarant in Russia for more than 18 months. When you are tired of the everything in this area, take a weekend vacation (like I did) to the ---------. Its a trip back to civilization and it is well worth it. My great thanks to the management there, as they must have put in a lot of hard work to get their staff up to this level of service. After almost 2 years in Sochi, what I experienced was not the norm, and understandabley hard to achieve to this level.
There is no skiing open to the public, so unlike Salt Lake, I won't be skiing the super G course after the race. I'll take a lot of pictures and try to walk around the fringes a bit. I might even get to check in if the ipad finds some wi-fi!