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Sochi Notebook: Flying to the Games, With a Few Snags Along the Way

While fastening my seatbelt on a plane to Sochi, with the pilot announcing that he would be getting us there in two hours and that it is 30 degrees Celsius warmer there than in Moscow, I couldn't help but hear a Beach Boys song in my head, with the sea, palm trees and festive Olympic Sochi feeling so close.

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