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vancouver 2010

07-03-2010 08:54 Канада // URL: http://maidan.org.ua/static/narnews/1267944886.html
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Vancouver 2010 gave us Ukrainians a good chance to get together as one big family. During the Games almost every participating country had a place in Vancouver to represent
itself. Ukrainian House was located at the property of St.Mary's Catholic Church and was run by volunteers. Because of this the House did not cost a cent for Ukrainian taxpayers and had a very informal, laid-back environment."Vancouver Sun" newspaper called Our House the best kept secret of the Games. There was no line-up to get to the House, there was very good cultural program, good Ukrainian food prepared from scratch and Obolon' beer for very good price. At a contrast Russian Sochi house did not provide any food. It took an hour to get inside and visitors were searched by KGB men at the door. Russians rented most expensive building in Vancouver, which cost their people millions of dollars.
Vancouver is a beautiful city but we don't have winter, that is why snow had to delivered by trucks to local mountains. But most expenses were security. Police arrived from all parts of country. The roads were blocked by concrete blocks and metal fences. All this made our city look ugly.
The main conclusion, that we Ukrainians had a good time. At Ukrainian House we could see and talk to the athletes,
I had a chance to talk to our ambassador and he left a very good impression on all of us.
About the Games as destination for tourism, I would not advice to waist money or one's vacation going. It is too commercialized, little fun, too much security and no snow. I don't expect any better in Sochi.

07-03-2010 08:54 Канада // URL: http://maidan.org.ua/static/narnews/1267944886.html
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