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Ryan Dollard's latest blog from Sochi: Being a proper tourist and seeing the real Sochi

My girlfriend has just arrived out here to see the games for herself, she's in the Olympic Park as I write, managing more tourism in one morning than I have managed in one week.

Ryan's girlfriend Tamara joined Ryan and Tima on their trip into Sochi Credit: ITV News Border

As a treat, Tima took us out last night into Sochi itself for some food and to see the city properly. There was a free concert on at the Official Live Site where they were showing highlights of the action from the Games while local bands played on the stage.

Seeing Sochi city centre has had Ryan wondering how it compares to Carlisle Credit: ITV News Border

It was fabulous. You may wonder, having heard some of the coverage, what Sochi is like as a place.

I have found it to be very safe, very friendly and very welcoming. I enjoyed the music and seeing the town coming to life at night. I've felt more on edge walking down Botchergate some Saturday nights. I wonder if Sochi has Black Eye Friday?

The trip gave Ryan a chance to sample some more local cuisine Credit: ITV News Border

I've just arranged to meet up with David King and Stacey Kemp to explore Sochi a little more over the weekend. Hopefully I'll be able to bring you a report on that excursion on Monday's Lookaround. It should be fun.

There was a live concert on the official Sochi 2014 stage Credit: ITV News Border

This is just a mini-blog this afternoon as I'm engrossed in the Curling and the British women have just stormed into the lead against Japan.

Enjoy the action, I know I am.

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