“I volunteer as tribute!”
Okay, perhaps it wasn’t quite that dramatic when I volunteered for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. But I am taking a journey into a fiercely competitive arena where who-knows-what awaits me.
I am currently en route to Sochi where I will be volunteering as a “flash quote reporter” at Bolshoy Ice Dome for men’s ice hockey. Although this will be my third Winter Games, it’s a new role for me and my first time volunteering for a Games versus being paid staff.
After a year of preparation, my volunteer journey officially started yesterday (I think — overnight flights and time zones are messing with my perception of time) with a flight from Vancouver to London, and onward to Moscow. I’ve just arrived at Domodedovo Airport, at 5:30 a.m. local time, more than a little disoriented and already experiencing a whole lot of culture shock.
Now to grab the train into central Moscow and cram as much sightseeing as possible into a 26-hour layover before taking the final leg into Sochi tomorrow.
Let the Games begin.