9 Photos That Show What It's Really Like to Live in Sochi

9 Photos That Show What It's Really Like to Live in Sochi

Sochi has been in the news a lot lately. Between its mayor declaring the city to be 100% heterosexual and the mounting concerns over terrorist threats, the upcoming Winter Olympics have not exactly been controversy-free.

While the Coastal Village, where the competing athletes will stay, and the tourist-friendly boardwalks look gleaming and neat, day-to-day life in Sochi brings a much different reality. 

Image Credit: AP

Image Credit: AP

So what is life in Sochi is actually like? Amidst all the Internet chatter about security and gay rights, one Sochi man decided to take matters into his own hands and uploaded images of his town to Imgur and Reddit, including commentary. Here are a few examples:

1. "Welcome to the Winter Olympics 2014."

Via: Imgur
Via: Imgur

Apparently this is a view of one of the main streets, near the Olympic Park, 15 days before the Olympics are scheduled to begin. 

2. "Trying to cover the reality with fence."

Via: Imgur
Via: Imgur

This photo was taken near the main road.

3. "Trashcans is still very new technology for Sochi."

Via: Imgur
Via: Imgur

A daytime panoramic shot. 

4. "But there's special park for Putin."

Via: Imgur
Via: Imgur

Apparently it is closed to the public. 

5. "New sidewalk."

Via: Imgur
Via: Imgur

Watch your step.

6. "Power systems look very solid and finished."

Via: Imgur
Via: Imgur

And watch out for those wires as well.

7. "Quality Russian roads."

Via: Imgur
Via: Imgur

Apparently the green powder is a fertilizer mix.

8. "No gas."

Via: Imgur
Via: Imgur

Fun fact. 

9. "For your notice, it's the center of the city."

Via: Imgur
Via: Imgur

Wow.