In every book you read about Lake Baikal there will be a little piece about how swimming in it will add a quarter century to your life. Apparently this story only exists among western travelers. Maybe it was started by someone like R.L. Jefferson, like something to say to make your journey more exotic. Anyway, twenty five years is a good amount of time which makes this an opportunity not to be missed. The others went yesterday while I was still crook so this is me making up for it.
Watching this again I notice how little time I was actually under the water. It honestly felt like I had done a length of a suburban swimming pool or something. Guess the water was just that fucking cold. Not too surprising maybe considering the hour and that this was only a few weeks before the whole lake freezes over.