With just over 100 days until the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics local residents continue to enjoy the southern Russian city’s subtropical climate.
But despite relaxing scenes from the Black Sea resort, organisers of the Olympics are in a mad scramble to get everything ready in time to host the masses.
In a bid to meet the deadline organisers are rallying thousands of volunteers from across the country to help with clean up and preparation.
The Director of the volunteer centre Sergei Cheremshanov said: “People from all over the country want to participate in the Olympic Games – to see the Games from the inside. The (Olympic) spirit will be great. We are waiting for February 7. It will be incredible, it will be cool.”
Thousands of volunteers have signed up to help with the final preparations which include a mass clean-up in the countryside surrounding the city.
IOC President Thomas Bach made his first trip to Sochi since being elected on September 10.
On Monday the German was full of praise for Russia’s preparations for the Olympics, which is a pet project of President Vladimir Putin and carries a staggering price tag of just under 40 billion euros..