Taking off. Dreams ought to come true.
So many words
said about the dual sensation the plan to go to Sochi creates.
Today I know for sure that I am willing and will avoid expressing my
views on the politics in Russia while speaking of the Winter Olympic
Games 2014. Here is why. Sitting comfortably in a chair, thinking that
Russia is no place for the Olympics, being concerned by misuse of
budget, corruption, by the impact on the ecology and on the region's
future is an easy thing to do. Had the citizen society been strong
enough to rise against the very application of Sochi as he host city for
the Games back in 2007, we wouldn't end up in an awkward situation
having the population pay a huge price for the event and not being able
to afford or not willing to attend it and support their fellow athletes.
Lesson learnt: raising one's voice is key before things become
irreversible. Flooding social media with opinions now, weeks or days
before the opening ceremony is easy, while does not lead anywhere.
been dreaming of going to Winter Olympic games for some time now, no
matter the host place. 2014 turned out to be the perfect time to make
this dream of mine come true. So here we are on the plane taking us to
Europe. We will be landing in Sochi International airport in 12 hours or
so. Safety and security concerns pulsing in Canada go overboard. Some
hockey players' families supposedly refused to travel to Sochi.
Nevertheless, some journalists, volunteers, athletes' parents are on the
same flight as us. I want to be in the Olympic park for the same
reasons they are going. Except my cheek will be painted three colors :) and
long months of the voyage planning are totally worth it.
And one more reason... I've never been to Sochi before, only traveled to
the other side of the Caucasus. The view of the seashore and the white
mountain tops must be marvelous.