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Austria House and Free Bobsleigh Tickets

After piling down to the mountain village after the ladies snowboard cross event, a group of us (Canadian fans) headed to Austria House for some food and drink before heading to our next events. Surprisingly, this was the first place any of us found vodka during our time in Russia ...

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Anne Frank, 1929-1945

Anne Frank Huis and Amsterdam

This week I headed into Amsterdam with my aunt and cousin to check out the Anne Frank Huis and do some walking around the city. Anne Frank Huis The Anne Frank Huis was an emotional experience for me. I read the Diary of Anne Frank years ago in high school, but ...

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Istanbul Airport

Crazy Airports, Delayed Flights and Broken Planes

I’m starting to think that I may be cursed when it comes to air travel, as it seems something interesting always seems to happen. Haha! My journey from Sochi to Amsterdam was no exception. Sochi to Istanbul I taxied to the airport at 2am for my 5:20am flight. It was ...

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Mariska on the Black Sea Shores

A Message from the Shore of the Black Sea in Russia

I haven’t posted much since I’ve been in Russia, thanks to a nasty flu, so I thought I would record a bit of a wrap-up video before I leave Russia early tomorrow morning. So here’s a little message from the shores of the Black Sea in Russia:

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Ladies Snowboard Cross - Sochi 2014 Olympics

Sochi Day 3: Mascots, Snowboarding & Canadian Fans

Train Ride! Day 3 had me super excited for my first day in the Mountain Cluster for snowboarding and bobsleigh events! Although the train had been advertised to take only 40 minutes to get to the mountains, I had been told to give myself at least two hours. The reasoning ...

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Short Track Speed Skating - Sochi 2014 Olympics

Sochi Day 2: Sunshine, Short Track and Swiss House

Sunshine! I woke up on Day 2 to a beautiful day. It was sunny and about 18 degrees celsius. I decided to take a walk along the boardwalk along the river Mzymta before heading toward the Olympic Park and these are the views I was faced with. Adler was absolutely beautiful! ...

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Olympic Park Entrance

Canada Olympic House, Canadian Spirit, and President Putin

After returning from Sochi on day 1, I went straight to the Olympic Park to connect with a friend and we headed straight to the Canada Olympic House for their Valentines Day open house event. The idea behind the Canada Olympic House is that it is a sanctuary away from the ...

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Sochi 2014

Day 1 – Sochi, SIM Cards and Media Badges

After waking up from a much needed nap on my first day in Sochi, I ventured out to explore a bit. I had a few things I wanted to accomplish on this first day, since I didn’t have any events scheduled until Day 3: 1. Pick up my media badge ...

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No luggage

Planes, the Stanley Cup and Lost Luggage

My flight from Amsterdam to Sochi was smooth. I enjoyed some classic Dutch pub food (bitterballen & een biertje) at the Schiphol airport pre-flight and then boarded the plane for the first leg to Istanbul. The layover in Istanbul was short and the board was already flashing “last call” for ...

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The sunset between Seattle and Paris

24 Hours, 4 Airports, 3 Airplanes, One Train, 2 Cars, and 3 Languages Later, I Made It!

My travel day started out with very little stress, until we were about 20 minutes from the airport and the highway was closed due to a fatality accident. Traffic was inching along the little farm road detour and after 20 minutes I started stressing that I would be late for ...

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