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Like many, I had every intention of completely boycotting the Sochi Olympics but already I'm being sucked in...by the ever growing list of problems being reported by those on the scene.

Two great Twitter tags to follow:
@sochifreude
@sochiproblems

The world seems to be having more fun pointing out the problems than getting excited about the games.

Google is in the game with a lovely doodle one Russian homophobic activist (Yelena Babich) called 'provocation'.

Hotel rooms are far from 'homey'.
And the toilet situation has teams closer together than is usually required.
Is it wrong that I am smiling?

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  •  Putin's mistress one of final torchbearers (3+ / 0-)
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    jayden, ExpatGirl, FloridaSNMOM

    One of the final 6 torchbearers at the opening ceremony was a talented but not particularly distinguished former Olympic gymnast (many others could be identified as being in the top 6 to represent the pinnacle of Russian sports) who happens to be a member of the Russian Duma (the lower house of parliament).

    Alina Kabayeva is in Putin's United Russia party and in June last year was forced to deny plans to marry him (and according to a BBC Russian correspondent the Kremlin had to deny they had actually married.)

    "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:14:40 AM PST

  •  Don't forget Bob Costas (4+ / 0-)
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    ExpatGirl, FloridaSNMOM, Munchkn, mookins

    coming down with pink eye shortly after arriving in Sochi. So for those visiting Sochi, don't touch anything, drink anything, kiss anyone, and be careful handling your poop.

    Sounds like a great time!

    •  Toilet paper (2+ / 0-)
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      ExpatGirl, Catte Nappe

      Not using the toilet to flush away used toilet paper but to put it in a receptacle is quite common in the area - go to Greece and you will find the same.

      "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:17:29 AM PST

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      •  But not the norm when inviting (5+ / 0-)
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        jayden, Hey338Too, Munchkn, OldDragon, mookins

        the world into your home for something like the Olympics.

      •  I don't care how goddamned common it is (3+ / 0-)
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        in Greece or other parts of the world. Americans in general aren't accustomed to throwing their shit in the trash.

        Nonetheless, the advice is valid. People should always take care when handling poop. Even more so when the water they'd normally wash their hands with afterward comes with a health warning as well.

        You'd think the billions of dollars spent on Sochi would have afforded a few world class amenities for the athletes and visitors.

        •  Whose cleaning up trash receptacles... (4+ / 0-)
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          with people's shit-stained toilet tissue marinating for hours? Suddenly, Russian seems like a dark, dark, place.

          I don't even wanna think about what soured milk smells like on the way out the back door.

          Allow provisional acceptance of things that go against your deepest convictions in the face of a preponderance of evidence.

          by ConservativeBrainTrust on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:50:59 AM PST

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        •  So? (1+ / 0-)
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          I don't care how goddamned common it is in Greece or other parts of the world. Americans in general aren't accustomed to throwing their shit in the trash.
          This seems to suggest the rest of the world should arrange itself to suit what Americans are accustomed to.

          “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

          by Catte Nappe on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:49:15 PM PST

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          •  It isn't just Americans though (3+ / 0-)
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            A large part of the world would find this disgusting.

          •  Wow. That's quite a leap. (0+ / 0-)

            Maybe you should be an Olympian after demonstrating such incredible mental gymnastics. Afterward you can hang out in the hall of shame for implying such utter crap. Until then, go find someone else to stuff words into.

            Because again, Americans in general aren't accustomed to throwing their shit in the trash although apparently they have no hesitation with flinging it around it public forums.

            •  Trip advisor (3+ / 0-)
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              Catte Nappe, ExpatGirl, mookins

              The reasons for the practice in Greece is

              Much of Greece’s sewage systems was installed during the 1930’s and 1940’s (by the British) using small bore pipe-work that simply cannot cope with paper waste. A pedal bin is usually provided by the side of the WC in which paper should be placed. If you are staying in a hotel or apartment, the maids will empty this on a daily basis, usually when they come in to clean the rooms. Don’t under any circumstances ignore the procedure – tales abound of visitors who have woken in the morning to find the apartment awash due to the sewers backing up, not anyone’s favourite way to start the day!
              Incidentally you will find similar arrangements for similar reason in Mexico. Here is some advice on using squat toilets that you may also come across. Knowledge I found useful on an overnight sleeper train between Livingstone and Lusaka in Zambia. Not only was it a squat style, the outlet was direct onto the tracks below, clearly visible as you looked down.

              The most amusing arrangements were in a small hotel in Paris I stayed in once. Our tiny attic room had an even tinier bathroom with shower, toilet, handbasin and bidet.  It was so small you had to wheel the bidet, complete with flexible pipes, into the main part in order to be able to sit on it. I did once in the late 70s upgrade to a room with a toilet in Jerba Town in southern Tunisia rather than use the communal one for the whole hotel or hold on to we got to the big tourist hotels outside town where we used the facilities. That trip did only cost £99 (about $160) for a two weeks including flight from the UK so we could afford easily it shared between the 6 other crazy Brits who were with us.

              "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

              by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 02:33:05 PM PST

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              •  So true. And once I could no longer (2+ / 0-)
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                cross my legs in agony waiting in the vain hope of a 'Western' toilet, I became quite comfortable with the East African long drop. Note: a ceramic tiled long drop is a miserable experience if you don't have a penis. Blech.

                But Sochi is supposed to be a $56 billion dollar Olympic Village. The toilet arrangements for such a situation are simply not acceptable.

              •  Your knowledge of world toilets (1+ / 0-)
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                ExpatGirl

                is impressive but that's not the point. Sochi isn't in Greece, Mexico, or some undeveloped country. It's an already established resort town that is going to need a lot more visitors post Olympics; it needs all the favorable buzz it can muster.  Russia has made a huge effort to put their best foot forward to the world. The lack of modern toilet facilities fails in that regard especially considering the billions spent. Apparently others agree hence the commentary already emanating from Sochi.

                My original comment was meant as good-natured ribbing of the Russians in light of their earnest promotion of the Olympics and as snarky words of advice to those visiting Sochi. Because no matter where you poop in the world or what you're dumping into, it's always good hygiene to take extra care if you're unfamiliar with the accommodations.

            •  Wow (0+ / 0-)

              Speaking of shit throwing. Didn't mean to step on your ingrown toenail.

              “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

              by Catte Nappe on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 02:33:18 PM PST

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      •  Dueling toilets (1+ / 0-)
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        jayden

         Does any one else suspect that with those Sochi bathrooms equipped with two toilets that there are hotels or dormitories somewhere in Russia equipped with only two bidets?
          And a general contractor scratching his head and muttering the equivalent WTF in Russian!

        "We thought about it for a long time, "Endeavor to persevere." And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union."

        by voodoochild62 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 01:18:57 PM PST

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    •  Yes! (1+ / 0-)
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      jayden

      Sorry Bob but, given the circumstances, your pink eye is awesome.

    •  And stay away from the worcestershire sauce. (1+ / 0-)
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      jayden

      You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment.-- Francis Urqhart

      by Johnny Q on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:17:51 PM PST

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  •  Don't forget that one of the olympic rings (3+ / 0-)
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    ExpatGirl, jayden, Hey338Too

    didn't light up during the opening ceremony!
    http://sports.yahoo.com/...

    I want to live in a world where George Zimmerman offered Trayvon Martin a ride home to get him out of the rain that night. -Bishop G. Brewer

    by the dogs sockpuppet on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:23:53 AM PST

  •  One of the local sports journalists (7+ / 0-)

    I follow on Twitter didn't have any room mishaps, but his hotel room is awfully tiny.

    I'm still upset about the dogs being killed -- especially since most of them are apparently pets that were abandoned when people lost their homes with yards due to construction of Olympic venues.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:10:59 PM PST

  •  My daughter sent me these last night (2+ / 0-)
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    jayden, mookins

    with the addition of a couple of pics including one of a shower with a live wire hanging from the wall.  Good way to execute your guests, Sochi!

    Here's the link if you want to see more:
    Why Sochi is such a godforsaken hellhole  right now

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