Russian aviation authorities have recently allowed(rus) several new European destinations for direct regular flights from Sochi. This is very good news for both Sochi residents and foreign guests, who normally had to fly to Europe through other cities, usually Moscow, Krasnodar, or more recently Istanbul.
Flowing European cities were added to the map of the places that have direct air connection with Sochi:
Flight Sochi – Belgrade will be operated by Ural Airlines (starting July according schedule on their website) two times a week, Sochi – Prague flights – by Yakutia Airlines (they have newest Russian jet – Sukhoi Superjet 100, I hope we’ll see it here in Sochi) three times a week, all other destinations will be operated by Orenair (Orenburg Airlines) – subsidiary of Aeroflot – three times a week.
The only other foreign cities Sochi is currently directly connected with are Istanbul (Turkish Air, DonAvia), Trabzon (UTair), Erevan (Armavia, DonAvia), and a couple of Middle Eastern former Soviet cities.
Food safety authorities want to ensure that following popular in Russia food items are not sold in Sochi during Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.
- Homebrewed beer
- Home distilled spirits
- Homemade non-alcoholic drinks
- Cottage-cheese from raw (unpasteurized) milk
- Dried mushrooms
- Cook canned vegitables, meat, fish, or mushrooms
- Macaroni Russian navy style (ground meat and macaroni)
These are official Sochi 2014 Pictograms! Do you like them?
Here are a few pretty ones from the official Sochi 2014 blog: Read the rest of this entry »
One of the buildings in Roza Khutor resort in Krasnaya Polyana is designed to mimic the main railroad station in Sochi:
Railroad station in Sochi’s Central district.
Sochi News February 26th, 2011
Ok, so, there will be three! official mascots:
1. The Leopard (28%)
2. The Polar Bear (18%)
3. Zaya the dore hare (16%)
4. The Dolphin (12%)
5. The Bullfinch (10%)
6. The Little Sun (8%)
7. The Matryoshka dolls
8. Brown Bear
Percents are the poll results they announced.
Sochi News February 26th, 2011
Russian Paralympians chose Sunlight and Snowflake as mascots for the 2014 Paralympic Games. The poll for the Olympic mascot is going on right now.
Within next two hours Russia will pick the official mascot for the Olympic Games 2014!
Concert, with nationwide phone, SMS, and internet poll in the end, I guess, has already been started. If you’re in Russia, you can watch it live at http://itv.1tv.ru/. I’m not sure you’ll be able to see it if you’re outside of Russia. Trying won’t hurt :-)
Here’s what we’re choosing from:
Except for left-most — Uncle Frost. Russia has decided to pull him from the poll because International Olympic Committee will have all rights for the mascot. Uncle Frost is Russia’s Santa, so it would cause some issues in the future.
Anyway, you can find more information and pictures at talisman.sochi2014.com
Which one would vote for?
Sochi News November 15th, 2010
I should’ve blogged about it a couple of months ago, but I was traveling, and changing to a new workplace.
There’s an ongoing public mascot contest organized by Sochi 2014 Olympic committee. It started on September 5th, and a month later they announced they are accepting international entries.
Their idea, as they announced it, is to get some ideas from public, and then they’ll give popular ones to the pros to complete them. So, when you see the pictured in their gallery, don’t jump to conclusions :)
Official website of the contest: talisman.sochi2014.com
On June 26th Russia and Abkhazia resumed passenger train services between Adler, Sochi and Gagra, Abkhazia. The train travels twice a day – at 7:05 AM from Adler’s train station, and back at 17:57 (5:57 PM) back the same day. The over two hours trip includes two ten minutes stops for passport control on both Russian and Abkhazian sides. Passengers do not leave the train for this procedure. More trains are expected to operate on this route in the near future.
The passenger train service between Sochi and Abkhazia was active in years 2003-2004, back then around 400 people traveled during each ride. It is hoped that resuming of the Sochi-Abkhazia train service will help to unload automotive Russia-Abkhazia border crossings, which increased in the recent years, and reaching 35000 people per day.
Web surfing takes me places…
Yesterday I found out there’s a computer virus Virus.DOS.Sochi.703, which apparently was dedicated to Sochi’s 2002 Olympics bid — the virus contains the text *Ks&I* Sochi Olympic Games 2002.
While trying to get more information on this I stumpled on a real biologic virus called Dobrava-Sochi virus (DOBV-Ap) – separate lineage of Dobrava virus found in and around Sochi.
And then on the same search I stumbled on a fun club mix by DJ Virus — Sochi 2014. I liked it, so I’m embedding it here :)
In this week’s government’s decision all tourism infrastructure in Russia – that includes hotels, ski resorts, beaches, and other tourist and recreational venues – will go through mandatory classification. And it will all start with hotels in Sochi.
Hotels in Russia are not in a hurry to get classified, as the procedure can be expensive, but the benefits are not always clear. Currently, only 5% of all Russia’s hotels went through classification. Meanwhile, Sochi’s commitement to the Olympics is 57 000 hotel rooms ranging two to five stars. Mandatory classification of all hotels will help to understand what is currently missing, what needs to be built.
How soon all this will start rolling wasn’t annouced.
On unrelated (well, related to hotels) news, Hilton will open Doubletree by Hilton Sochi-Adler hotel in the year 2012.