Sochi 2014: 7 Things We Learned Out in Russia

Who let the dogs out? Photo: Kate Hansen

I saw some strange things in Russia. These included:

  • A man washing his armpits with snow up at the cross-country stadium.
  • Tinned horse meat in the supermarket.
  • “Beer cocktails” in an Irish pub. A phenomenon we should bring to the UK?
  •  Female police officers wearing thigh-high leather boots and mini skirts –and no one batting an eyelid.
  • Stray dogs everywhere. In the stadiums. Sunbathing outside the media centre. Inside hotel lifts. On roofs. These creatures get around.
  • A bearded bloke on rollerblades outside the main media centre, with three husky dogs on a single lead, holding a GoPro on a stick.


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