THE -30 SIBERIAN FAIRYTALE

Friends know I love the cold. My ideal climate range is 0-20 degrees celsius, where I could sit out and be forced to down a cup of hot beverage quickly before it turns cold, and then hop around with a scalded tongue.

Yeah I’m weird that way.

But weird goes easier when you’re rewarded by confectionery churches and lacy frozen lakes. And that, together with some of the most interesting locals, make for a splendid trip this February.

Parts of the trip can’t be considered accessible, and my head bumped against the roof and sides of vans many times, with my groans muffled into the luggage on my lap. I even had frost bite in my little finger, one that wouldn’t fully heal until a month plus after my trip. But would I do it again?

In a heartbeat.

Read about my trip to Irkutsk, Olkhon Island, Listvyanka, and of course, Lake Baikal in this piece with Expedia.

First published: Expedia

Featured picture: @robintien723

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