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Security, hotels and dogs
Three questions about Sochi have dominated my social media feeds and conversations with my friends: hotels, security and dogs.
There have been rumors of media hotels not being fully operational here in the Coastal Cluster in Adler. The only thing I know for sure is that the hotels that Dave Schwartz and I are staying in are operational to the best of my knowledge. That being said, I leave the hotels when it’s pitch black outside and I come back to it when it’s pitch black outside so I have not even seen our hotel in the daylight to really know if it’s fully operational or not. Just this morning I saw an entire bus load of journalists being dropped off at my hotel. Otherwise, I have not seen a lot of other people in our huge hotel complex.
The question of security is one that I’ve been getting for several months now from family and friends. The security here is good but not overwhelming. It is similar to the security I experienced at the Olympics in Torino, Italy in 2006. We have our bags checked when we enter the International Broadcast Center which is where our workspace is located but it does not seem overly invasive to me.
I have also been asked about the stray dogs in Sochi and whether or not the reports are true that they are going to be euthanized. Personally I have only seen one stray dog in the Olympic Park venue area. That being said, I have not ventured out much further than that to know if there are other stray dogs in around. I have not seen any in our hotel area but again, it’s so dark when I leave and return that I might not see them. I have asked a Russian native about this issue and she said that stray dogs are not uncommon in Russia at all, but could not confirm these reports.