With the opening ceremony fast approaching, it's safe to say the road to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia hasn't been the smoothest in Olympic history.

We mean that quite literally: there are still unpaved roads in and around the Olympic Village and Park, according to journalists stationed to cover the upcoming games.

Nicknamed the 'Russian Riviera' for its mild climate and location next to the Black Sea, Sochi has a history as a resort town — but has never hosted an event on such an international scale. That may be why Russia has poured over 51 billion dollars into funding the project, making it the most expensive Olympic games ever, the Washington Post reports.

Russia hasn't exactly had the easiest time setting up, either, with the international backlash it's faced for its laws against the LGBT community, controversial policy on killing stray dogs, and security threats from insurgents in nearby regions.

Construction for the athletes' quarters has long finished, but the hotels set aside for members of the media are a different story. Roughly 97 per cent of the hotel construction is finished, according to Business Insider, but photos posted on Twitter over the last few days suggest that the term "finished" might mean something different in Sochi. Here are some of the highlights:

The bartering system is still alive and well in Sochi.

And we know just the guy...

...Just don't expect to score any trades with light fixtures.

Water is a scare commodity.

Well, clean water is a scare commodity.

Gin, however, seems to be plentiful.

Toilets are a bit complicated...

...Okay, make that very complicated.

C'mon, it's like you're not even trying!

Maybe they were too busy installing the curtains.

But hey, at least they've got their priorities in order, right?

On the bright side, we hear the washrooms are very safe.

Access to wireless internet has also been an issue, and when it isn't, well:

And that's assuming there's still power in your room.

But remember, Rome wasn't built in a day — and neither was this hotel gym.

Or this bedroom, for that matter.

The situation wasn't much better for construction workers like Johnnie Balfour, a snowboard and ski cross course builder. In January, the Vancouver resident railed against the living conditions he faced while working in Sochi before packing up and heading home early.

In his blog, Balfour said his bathroom had no hot water, the toilet flushed muddy water, and the water was brown and undrinkable. Sounds kind of familiar, no?

With Files From Jesse Ferreras

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  • Sunbathing

    The Adlerksy district public beach. About three million tourists visit Sochi each year. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>

  • Lunchtime

    Visitors grabbing lunch at an outdoor cafe on the seafront in Adler, the main resort district of Sochi. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>

  • Central Railway Station

    Because of preparation for the Olympic games, many parts of the city are under construction. This doesn't stop tourists from taking photos amongst the palm trees. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>

  • Aquarium

    A tourist caught posing in the Sochi Aquarium. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>

  • Lenin

    This portrait of Lenin is situated near the city's oldest amusement park, The Riviera, a favorite meeting place for residents and tourists in Sochi. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>

  • Adlersky District

    Near the Adlersky public beach, a tourist undergoing traditional hydro massage therapy. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>

  • 33 Waterfalls

    One of the most popular excursions in Sochi is called "33 Waterfalls." Tourists are tasting some Caucasian homemade wines. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>

  • Adler Seafront

    Six months before the opening of the Olympic Games, there are still many unfinished projects, including roads, hotels, and the Adler seafront. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>

  • Street Games

    Guest workers playing volleyball along the backdrop of one of the Olympic stadiums. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>

  • Nature

    After relaxing on the beach, tourists can take several tours to the Sochi National Park and the Caucasus Nature Reserve. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>

  • That's Entertainment

    An excited tourist taking in local mountain man culture at a Caucasian folklore show. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>

  • Nightlife

    Nightlife in Sochi mainly consists of nightclub hopping and local concerts. Heavily drunk tourists are caught fighting on the streets after a rowdy night on the town. Photo: <a href="http://mariaplotnikova.com" target="_hplink">Maria Plotnikova</a>