Lets start with the hacking of computers, cell phones, and tablets. I have used all three of my devices, here at the Olympic Park, where I trust that we are secure. But, before I heard all the rumblings about hacking, I did indeed use my computer, my iPhone 5S and my iPad Air on public WiFi in Moscow. I connected to the WiFi at the Marriott, at some restaurants, and at the airport. But, with that said, I never opened any email attachments or visited any strange web sites. Is that to say that I am safe from hacking? Of course not. But, I am not very worried about this since I do not have highly sensitive data on my devices, and have probably been just as vulnerable in countless other countries, including the U.S.
I have also rumors of spying cameras at the hotels, and although that might be true, I am not sure what they would see. I took this photo this morning as I stood in the doorway to my "hotel" room. Why are there three cameras there? I have no idea. But, am I concerned? I really am not. All they will see is me coming and going, and maybe taking this photo. :)
When I checked into my "hotel", I saw this weird white box on the wall of the bathroom. For the last couple of days, I assumed that it might be one of those hot water heaters. But this morning I opened it and found that it is a fire hose??? It is weird that I have this hose in the bathroom, but still no garbage cans, shower curtains, phone, working TV... Love that.
The food here is definitely different, but I will eat just about anything. Looking at these photos, you might think that these are the dinner offering, but nope, this is breakfast.
The good news is that breakfast is included for free, so I pick whatever will work for me, and am happy to be fed.
Outside our buildings, they have set up little stands which are selling Russian goodies, including this. I passed on this one.
Figue skating photos to come...