After much delay, I’m happy to share with you a few pictures and stories from Sochi! On top of being at the Olympics, getting a new job (post coming soon!), and my computer dying for a few days, it’s been almost impossible to blog.
Sochi was a long, but incredibly fun month. I’ve been happily home for a couple of weeks now but can definitely say that I miss our cheery hotel staff and USA House front desk shenanigans.
Here are a few of my favorite moments from Sochi 2014. Click for larger versions!
The one thing Josh asked for from Russia is a big old furry hat – so I bought him this leather and raccoon beauty! We call it the “Coon Hat” (very original).
Read on for more of my pictures from Russia!
The Costal Cluster had a Cultural Center that was amazing! So many displays about the history of Russia and it’s different regions. These are some of the trinkets in one of the displays.
Another display at the Cultural Center. The military gentleman off to the side MADE us try on all of the different outfits and it was amazing.
Cool little metal man at the Cultural Center.
Me holding the torch at the USA House in front of the Olympian signature wall!
Me and my friend Sheryle with Olympic Gold Medalist David Wise! Super nice guy.
Me and the USA House staff getting silly with the Stanley Cup! No touching occurred.
Charlie and Meryl skating their short program! They’re incredibly nice. And attractive.
Jason Brown’s short program! AMAZING skater and person! I got to know not only him but also his parents They are the sweeter people you will ever meet.
The view of the torch at sunset from the USA House. Costal Sochi was absolutely beautiful and we had amazing weather the entire time except for one rainy day – which was actually pleasantly cozy.
This is at the top of the mountains outside of our hotel. We had to take a gondola to get to where we were staying! Every day in this plaza and the one at the bottom of the gondola they had all sorts of different entertainment – DJs, clowns, jumprope. It was really cute!
When we got home every day at about 2am the hotel had left different cute desserts in all of our rooms. And we always had assorted fresh fruits.
Pin trading is the big thing to do at the Olympics (which explains why they gave us a huge bag of pins to take to the Games). One of the super intense pin traders gave me this koala pin from Sydney after I told him I liked it! It’s furry and amazing and I love it so much.
Me in the Olympic Park with the Bolshoy Stadium in the background.
We had the great pleasure of attending the Opening Ceremony rehearsals! This is what Fisht Stadium looked like before the show started. We were prohibited from taking pictures once everything got going, but it was amazing!
Here’s the front desk at the USA House aka my home for the Games! So much fun meeting and serving everyone.