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A Stranger in the Sochi Night.
Wall Street Journal, by Brian Costa

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Posted By:DaddyO, 2/5/2014 12:45:33 PM

During an episode of “Breaking Bad,” Walter White memorably declared, “I am the one who knocks.” 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

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The reason why you should ALWAYS bolt or chain the door whenever you travel.

I spent some time in an older city in russia several years ago and (unhappily) found that there was no way to chain or bolt the door from inside. I worked nights so I had to deal with the housekeeper who woke me up each day around 9. She never knocked and there was no ´do not disturb´ sign. She always opened the door, said nothing but made a little bow and left. There was nothing I could do about it so I figured that was just

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: The Advocate, 2/5/2014 1:25:25 PM     (No. 9720583)

Old Soviet habits die hard.
When I used to travel there, you got a key with a piece of wood attached when you reached your floor.
When you left your room, the "dayzhyrnaya" the lady who say at the desk on every floor would take the key back.
They used to do your clothes, make tea etc.-it was their job.
Anyone staying in Russia should expect that there are bugs in the room and possibly cameras-it´s the Russian Way! Enjoy your stay!


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Reply 2 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/5/2014 2:18:13 PM     (No. 9720677)

#1, it was ditto in China in the year and a half that I domiciled there. Something to do with the communist mindset, I guess.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pinchem, 2/5/2014 3:20:11 PM     (No. 9720783)

One could buy those little rubber door stops to put against the door. Small enough to carry and easy to use. Definitely keeps the door from being opened. Remember, it´s the minor details that count.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/5/2014 9:34:52 PM     (No. 9721205)

#3, there´s also a little metal add-on deadbolt type gadget, available from gadget catalogs.

I bought one years ago when we frequently stayed at a remote little hotel with very weak security. But a rubber doorstop works too!

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