|Sochi 1996 view from hotel|
We visited Sochi on a weekend trip back in December 1996. We rode the train there and stayed in hostels. Many friends actually swam (it was that warm). I just remembered all the plants, the architecture was amazing.
But I am distressed by the human rights actions in Russia (and have been for some time). The imprisonment of Pussy Riot, the freedom of the press. I am pro-GLBT rights, pro human rights.
|Me @Sochi 1996|
So I'm conflicted that by supporting the games, I'm supporting the Russian government and its policies.
One thing I did learn, all those years ago was that the people were separate from the government. That just because the American government decided to do things that I supported their actions. And that the Russian people were generally the same. It is a complex issue. So I support the athletes, and I support the peaceful protesters.
And I do wish I were there now, despite losing most of my Russian language skills.