#Sochi2014 by Twitter: hotel curtains are a luxury, toilets have instructions

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So Russia is popular this week. The world turned its attention to the country as the Winter Olympics kicks off, but the news coming out of Sochi hasn’t been very sports-focused. Instead, most of the attention’s been on the good (well not really) time journalists have been having in their hotels.

Russia has some pretty hectic rules and most them have to do with their bathrooms, water and just general hotel hospitality. Journalists have been tweeting some of the appalling conditions they’ve found in their hotel rooms. These include a distinct lack of the basics and no access to drinkable or usable water. Only a few hotels are ready for the media and apparently there are a lot of stray dogs around and the other hotels are still under construction.

It seems Sochi may not be ready to host the Olympics after all but that’s all too late now. Here are some of our favourite tweets from the dramas at Sochi.


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  • Boomaga

    The toilet situation was the same when I was in the Soviet Union (Moscow and Leningrad) as a student in 1979. The signs telling you to throw the paper in the bin provided are much more sophisticated now, though, so there has been progress.

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