Sitting on the final train that will make up this trip across the world’s largest country, conversation somewhat inevitably turns to trying to sum up the whole experience. In an odd turn of events the whole carriage is housing predominantly western travelers at about a nine to one ratio. Most with the same thoughts on their mind. The consensus is that taking the time to stop in more than the standard stops was crucial to the success of our time here. No-one could say that Russia is an easy country to get through. A theme that has been repeated many times here. Yet it is easily the most rewarding and interesting country I have visited so far. [read on]
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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.