Sochi Olympics: Deathrap Elevators, Stray Dogs, Unexpected Visitors

Photo by Brian Costa

Photo by Brian Costa

WSJ reporter Brian Costa, stationed in Sochi, gets an unexpected late-night visitor…

…During my first night in Sochi, I got a visit from the one who doesn’t.

The only sound I heard was a key going into the lock and, at around 4 a.m. Wednesday, the door to my hotel room opening. Half asleep, I looked up and saw the light shining in from the hall. But by the time I sat up to see who was there, the door had been shut again. The one who doesn’t knock scurried away without uttering a word.

Do housekeepers work graveyard shifts here? Was it a construction worker, assuming something wasn’t quite finished in the room? Who else would both have a key and be using it at 4 a.m.?

In Sochi, those are questions better left unasked. Or at the very least, they will remain unanswered. I tried calling the front desk, but the phone didn’t work. And really, given the much more serious hotel issues others have experienced, I wasn’t about to complain.

I dozed off again until around 5 a.m., when the sound of stray dogs barking began to echo outside…

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The Daily Fix – WSJ



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