It looks like the accreditation for the Ukrainian Wikinewsies has arrived in Kiev. Despite paying €48 for expedited mail, it arrived two weeks after it was sent.
(This doesn’t mean the Ukrainians have the accreditation, merely that the accreditation got off the plane.) The accreditation arrived today. The Ukrainians got a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation to cover their Sochi expenses. They have their travel arranged.
I’ve got my transportation booked. I should have a “lovely” train ride across Russia, (30 hours, third class seat) but the experience should still be awesome. I’ve got a hotel booked. I’m seriously thinking about packing. I’m working on a todo list and remember this fact list.
1. Before getting on the train, I will need to go to the ticket desk and exchange my internet ticket for a paper ticket for the train.
2. Meals on the train cost about €15.
3. Train bathrooms apparently get dirty quickly after leaving the station.
4. The fare on the express train on the route Domodedovo – Paveletskiy station, Vnukovo is about 640 rubles round trip.
To do list:
1. Print out basic Russian phrases for pointing at to get service.
2. Figure out where my seats on the train actually are.
3. Buy bottled water before getting on the train. Bring snacks for the train. Food options are limited.
4. Pack some baby-tissues, toothpaste and toothbrush.
Outside of that, I’ve updated Wikinews:Sochi Paralympic Games, and posted on the watercooler for Wikinews to let potential reviewers know what is going on. I’m also trying to work on a copyright notice for all my pictures for Wikinews. I am having some problems with the template. Any assistance in fixing this would be appreciated.