Food. pretty good so far, I'm willing to try most things and have had no odd surprises. Tea is a staple and very tasty. The coffee is different, pulverized to a powder you add some course sugar and hot water. once over the shock it is a savory jolt. look forward to dining out to try some other tastes.
OK now that I'm here and well into the process let's start to recap before too much goes by.
landed in Moscow to collect my bags as instructed only to have the baggage handlers tell me they are going directly to Sochi. with am iron grip I would let go until a representative with my name on a list assured me it was OK. lots of sign language by the way.
two of us from Canada were escorted to the Sochi gate by the very friendly Rep that deposited s to wait for our flight. GiGi the other Canadian I met on the flight from Amsterdam bought me an airport Coffee. didn't have the heart to tell her what I did
still nice to have a hot brown caffeinated beverage. GiGi is an Olympic junky this being her 5th Olympics as a chef De mission she is team leader for the team Britain. lost her in the Sochi airport and that was my last Canadian contact for a full day.
at the Sochi airport I was greeted by one of the team team leaders, a good thing too. my accommodation sight was changed and we took a 1.25hr train ride in the other direction. New accommodations is a sea side hotel that must be really something in the summer and really really something on its hay day. I must say right from the get go all the young people assisting and helping are very friendly a try to understand English or at least my sign language. I created cards I call my Russian helper and if I can't pronouns I can point.
hello all! It's been a few days. Settling in to accommodations, getting accreditation, getting my uniform, getting my assignments and lost in translation.
Sitting on a WiFi hotspot as I send this. Not really a hot spot and yes i am sitting on it. A spot in the lobby in a corner facing a coach very still.
more to follow. cheers.
Made it to SOCHI! a Long and relatively uneventful trip. The farther away I traveled the less English was spoken, imagine that.
Rainy and +8 right now.
A good thing I was greeted at the airport by a team member, I did not receive communication the Volunteer Village accommodations changed location. Two short train rides a bus and 100 Rubles later and I was there. There are two direct trains daily to and from the Olympic Park as well as a number of multi-stop alternatives. As long as I get started early and not be in a hurry all will be well.
just landed in Moscow. almost 2 days in transit. Will finally get outside when I arrive in SOCHI in about 5 hours.
"Yotel" cabin in the airport comfy and big enough for the 3S'.
made to schcipol. wee hours in the Peg, early hours in the Netherlands.