1. While the athletes are ready for the Sochi Winter Olympics, which get under way at the Black Sea resort on Thursday, let’s just say some of the facilities are not.
2. Journalists are known to complain a bit on foreign trips and at big events, but this is something else.
8. And when the water does work, you think twice before drinking any.
9. Curtains are optional.
10. At least hotels know who’s boss.
11. And beware the cartoon-style uncovered manhole on the sea front.
12. You could always get a refreshing drink to calm the nerves… oh.
13. This was the view this morning from the Ice Cube Curling Center — we’re assuming the piles of earth are not decorative.
14. Construction workers could still be seen this week finishing hotels in the area.
15. Bruce Arthur of Canada.com writes of a chaotic scene greeting foreign journalists, one of whom had to climb out of his hotel room window because the doors were locked.
One found his room was full of debris, while the next had construction workers sleeping in it. Journalists are known to complain about a lot of things, but this does sound like mismanagement on a very large scale.
16. Still, at least the views are nice.
17. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Monday: “The Olympic stage is ready for the best winter athletes of the world.”
18. The Sochi games are costing Russia $51 billion to stage, which is five times the the cost of the last Winter Olympics, which were in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010.
Vladimir Putin has rejected the allegation that one-third of the total cost of the games is being siphoned off by corrupt officials and construction companies.