David DiGregorio

of Style Hi Club

David DiGregorio is a travel industry professional, co-editor of the travel blog Style Hi Club and author of How to Work in Travel. His adventures have taken him to 70 different countries, often with his family in tow. Follow his global wanderings on Twitter @Darodi.

As an American who grew up during the tail end of the Cold War, it was difficult to avoid developing a few stereotypes about Russia. Could it really be how it’s portrayed in popular culture–or how I imagined it? Now that I’ve been living in Sochi for nearly a month, let’s examine four preconceived notions I brought with me along with my luggage–and how they’ve panned out.

My wife, daughter, and full-time job are more than 5,000 miles away. I’ll spend the next month sharing a tiny room with three strangers from Armenia, Vancouver, and L.A. Though I’ve been preparing for my trip for months, I didn’t quite know what to expect when I got on the ground. Now I’m here to help other Sochi-bound travelers get in the game by sharing what I’ve learned so far.