Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
Tropical flora is all over the coastal parts of Sochi, and visitors are taking notice.
It's downright mild in central Sochi today, with high's reaching around 48 degrees Fahrenheit. By Sunday and Monday, it's expected to get up near 60 before dropping back to the mid-50's next week.
Thankfully, it's still wintery enough in Krasnaya Polyana, the mountainous area where most of the Olympics's outdoor events will take place. Up there, temperatures are lingering in the 30's (though by the weekend, highs are expected to hit the mid-40's).
The mild weather is typical of Sochi, but rather unique to the Winter Olympics. Perhaps the best way to illustrate this juxtaposition is through Sochi's flora. Specifically, its palm trees.
Down by the coastal area (where the Olympic Park is) photographers are taking notice. Palm tree shots have become de riguer on Instagram, posted by tourists and athletes, often decked out in cold weather gear. The tropical tress becoming nearly as ubiquitous as the sunset pics.
"Hot. Cool. Yours." is starting to make a little more sense now.