With the 2014 Winter Olympics due to start Thursday, journalists from around the world have been checking into their hotels inside Sochi's Media Village. In some cases, they've been left bemused and frustrated. After all, who expects bright orange tap water and signs banning fishing in the bathroom?
It has been dubbed the most expensive Games ever. In the seven years since Russia won the right to host the Winter Olympics, $50 billion has been spent on the likes of a high-speed train line, electric power stations and an entire series of resort villages in the mountains as well as the venues themselves. A reported $8.6 billion alone, meanwhile, has been spent on a highway connecting Sochi to the mountain sports cluster of Krasnaya Polyana.
Yet with just a matter of hours until the 22nd Winter Olympics begins, only six of the nine media hotels are believed to be ready for guests, with some still under construction. It has created quite a media storm.
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