Archive for December, 2006

Cheaper domestic travel in 2007

Russia December 30th, 2006

Photo from SkyExpress.ruSince there aren’t many direct flights from non-CIS countries (also called “far-abroad countries” in Russia) to Sochi, and most foreign travelers today visiting Sochi are probably getting there through Moscow, or another city, I think this information will be useful to people who are planing a trip to Russia this year.

Russia is a big country. Biggest in the World, in fact. Just that alone has a lot of benefits, such as availability of vast amounts of natural resources, multicultural wealth, and many others. But it also creates certain problems and inconveniences, one of which I will talk about today – travel. Read the rest of this entry »

“Your Olympics – your voice”

Olympics 2014 December 29th, 2006

As part of the action “Your Olympics – your voice”, post boxes with Olympic symbolic will be placed on the city’s busiest streets and squares.

This Sochi officials’ initiative is designed to receive feedback from city residents and guests about making the resort a better place to live in and to visit, as well as to hear people’s ideas and concerns related to city’s ongoing preparation to host the Olympics.

“Preparation for the Olympic Games – is a common cause of all residents of our city. That’s why we would like to give every Sochi resident and guest an opportunity to share their opinion with city’s officials and officials of the “Sochi-2014? campaign.”


Sochi is on Maria Sharapova’s Top 10 list

People December 25th, 2006

Maria SharapovaToday Maria Sharapova was named best-looking female athlete by the Sports Illustrated magazine.
You all know who she is – gorgeous girl and successful tennis player. But do you know that she started playing tennis in Sochi? That’s right! When she was two years old her family moved to Sochi, where, at the age of four, she met the father of tennis champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Sochi native), who gave her a tennis racket.

Anyway, today she’s a superstar who has seen the World, and Sochi is still on her “Top Ten Favorite Cities” list! Here’s the complete list: Read the rest of this entry »

Investments in Sochi

Olympics 2014, Sochi News December 25th, 2006

According to the governor of Krasnodar Territory (where Sochi is located) Alexandr Tkachev, federal government is planning to invest 195 billion rubles (7.4 billion US dollars) in Sochi for preparation for the Olympics. Also, private business will invest around 120 billion rubles (4.7 billion US dollas) in Sochi.

There are also heavy investments planned for special economic zones on the Black Sea cost, recently setup by federal government – 29 billion rubles (1.1 billion US dollars) by government and around 150 billion rubles (5.7 billion US dollars) by Business. However, I don’t know if Sochi is part of any economic zones.

Railroad will connect Adler with airport

Development, Sochi News December 25th, 2006

It was announced today that Sochi International airport will be connected with Adler district by railroad track. And, possibly in the future, to the Krasnaya Polyana resort.

Today, Adler station is as far south you can go by train. Further is Abkhazia (which one still can go to by suburban train). Airport isn’t far from the Adler station, and there’s a highway connecting them. Without a traffic, its maybe 10 minutes drive. Im guessing this could be beneficial to people flying in, but have plans/reservations to spend their time in Lazarevky district of Sochi (which is quite far from the airport) or even Central district. And, of course, this will become invaluable in the event of the Olympics, if the track will continue to Krasnaya Polyana. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Sea Ring Highway

Development, Sochi News December 25th, 2006

Black Sea Ring Highway (HWBSR)

On September 27, 2006, the governments of member-countries of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation organization (BSЕC) signed the Memorandum Of Understanding concerning the Highway Ring Project “Black Sea Ring” (HWBSR). Lets talk about how this can affect Sochi…

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Artificial islands in the Black Sea?

Development, Sochi News December 24th, 2006

The making of the artificial islands in the Black Sea in Sochi area, similar to the islands made in Dubai, UAE – is  one issue in development of Sochi I strongly oppose. I first heard of the idea a few years back, when mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, visited Sochi and voiced this idea. And recently this was brought up in public again by the former mayor of Sochi Leonid Mostovoy.

Why do they think it’s a good idea to build artificial islands in a city that, lets be straight, is not yet developed to its full potential? Well, there are a few reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Missis of World 2007 to be selected in Sochi

Events, Sochi News December 24th, 2006

Zimny TheaterThe final stage of the Missis of World 2007 beauty contest will be held in Sochi’s Zimny Theater on March 8, 2007, reports RIA “Novosti”. Filming a promo movie about Sochi starring contest’s participants is also planned. The film will be televised in the USA, Europe, Asia, and northern Africa.

Missis of World 2007 beauty contest became international in 1990. Since that year its finals were held in Australia, Israel, Costa Rica, Hawaii (USA) (4 times), Las Vegas (USA) (3 times), India, and St. Petersburg (Russia).

I guess, its another way to promote the city in its Olympics bid journey. Which is totally cool with me – whatever brings more people to this beautiful city : )

Sochi policemen to study English

Olympics 2014, Sochi News December 24th, 2006

Another cool idea by regional administration in preparation for Olympics – all Sochi policemen, and the policemen from the region who will work in Sochi during the Olympics, will have to learn the English language. A basic introduction in English will no longer cut it – they will have to know the language well enough to help a person with his/her question or problem, or to give directions to a foreigner who got lost. A special phase-book is being developed specifically for this task.

Well, this definitely is a good idea, considering amount of international visitors Olympics will bring. I hope this will go beyond a phrase-book and they’ll have to take some serious courses. Now we just need to get The Games…