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Stray dogs, broken curtains and no hot water: Journalists speak out about Sochi conditions

It’s not a great time to be a journalist in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Olympic Games.

It’s frigid. Hotels are a mess with broken furniture, stray dogs and construction workers. There’s no hot water.

But journalists aren’t staying quiet about it. Recently, reporters covering the Olympics and in town for the Winter Games posted some of their tales on Twitter, tweeting out their misery, confusion and displeasure with how Sochi’s Olympics have been handled, The Washington Post reported.

Various journalists tweeted about the lack of Internet, water main breaks and a bathroom that asked the room’s guest not to flush the toilet, The Post reported.

“Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics, which begins Thursday, reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief," The Post said.

A New York Times reporter chronicled his journey in Sochi, saying that Sochi’s buildings are numbered and without names. There’s a lot of construction, and stray dogs are strolling through the streets, he wrote.

“So far, the inconveniences have mostly affected the news media, perhaps the least sympathetic of the participants here. But the parents of athletes are on the way, and there is some trepidation among Olympic officials that outrage will flow if these people receive the no-hot-water treatment. Or if their hotel rooms are not ready.”

BuzzFeed also published a slew of journalists' tweets, along with some photos from the area. The pictures from Sochi show manholes without the covers, empty vending machines and golden water.

“Journalists are known to complain a bit on foreign trips and at big events, but this is something else,” wrote Patrick Smith for BuzzFeed.

And this isn’t exactly what Russia planned for the Olympics to be like, Business Standard reported.

“The disarray seems to contradict repeated promises from both Russian and Olympic officials that Sochi is ready for the games, despite terrorist threats, unfinished construction and concerns over human rights abuses in the country,” Business Standard reported.

And International Olympic Games Committee President Thomas Bach said that despite the issues, Sochi is ready for a great round of the Olympics, The Washington Post reported.

“The Olympic stage,” he said, “is ready for the best winter athletes of the world.”

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