Russia’s winter is approaching and the crews are working round the clock to finish preparations for the Olympics. There was no security other than at the immediate construction sites for the main venues of the Coastal Cluster, so I took a stroll.
The principal buildings are taking shape. Landscaping presumably will follow.
Other than the Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Center, Sochi, nothing in the area is open. Adler town is about 3 km away and is choked by traffic exacerbated by construction. Adler town is cluttered and down market, as are many of the guest house stretching along the lengthy coast to Sochi. Closer to Sochi, nearly 40 km away, there are more nice hotels. The other direction there is a nicer new town along with two cathedrals that no doubt will have elaborate stories featured in TV coverage. Further east quickly reachs the Georgia (Abkhazia) border and who knows if that will even be open during the Olympics.
It will be interesting to see how it comes together.
Next post I cover the Mountain Cluster.