Swimming In Baikal

Jul 15, 2013 by

Words I would use to describe a dip in Lake Baikal would be fresh and invigorating. As I said before, swimming in Lake Baikal was something I was absolutely going to do while I was here. I found out just how well my Canadian childhood swimming in Northern Manitoban lakes prepared me for this; I didn’t just swim in Lake Baikal once, but twice. That’s right. I went two days in a row.

Here are some of my favourite photos from Day One:

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This is that crucial moment of no return. The very important bits are in, and I look out to the horizon, questioning my sanity as my legs begin to go numb.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABits are definitely in. Giggles and disbelief ensue.

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Well, looks like that’s all of me. I wasn’t prepared to count swimming in Lake Baikal unless I was completely submerged in the water for at least one brief moment. And let’s just say, the moment was brief.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And yes, I ran like hell after. Do you want to hear what this picture would have sounded like? Just watch the video I took on the second day. I’ve appended that to the end of this post. *All sounds were completely involuntary.*

Here are some of my favourite photos from Day Two:

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We went to a different beach the second day, one that was closer to our accommodation. It was actually, very possibly, the first beach I’ve ever truly enjoyed. I may write more about this later. Anyway, we’ve all be waiting to see this video, haven’t we? It’s a video I took with the thought that I could later sew it into a montage or compilation of some sort, but it actually has stand-alone qualities. So here it is.

Let me reiterate: all these sounds I make are completely involuntary.

[youtube http://youtu.be/QE0exA8UsKg]

What is the coldest lake you swam in? Have you ever been to Lake Baikal? 

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16 Comments

  1. Wow. I went swimming once in Ukraine in the Black Sea and it was by far the coldest water I’ve ever been in, but I get the feeling from your pictures that Lake Baikal was a bit colder… Thanks but no thanks. Congratulations to you though!

    • Colleen

      Haha I love swimming in a cold lake. As someone who’s not much of a thrill junkie (apart from a roller coaster here and there), swimming in a freezing lake gives me just enough of a rush!

  2. I would love to be able to jump into that beautiful lake right now ! haha I can imagine it was very very cold … great pictures.

    • Colleen

      It was wonderful! You would definitely love it.
      Thanks for your kind comment.

  3. Visiting Baikal is always something I’ve wanted to do. I’ve been to Mongolia and western Siberia, but Baikal was always just out of reach. Now you’ll have to go back in winter and see what it’s like.

    • Colleen

      That’s interesting… I was thinking that the whole time I was in Russia and Siberia… winter would be so fascinating, especially from a train!

  4. Yeay! You’ve really done that! And here is a proof 🙂 Unbelievable!
    Congrats!

    • Colleen

      It really was unbelievable!!! Highlight from my summer for sure…

  5. Great post. Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Whoaa, I remember when I was there a year ago. I wanted to see how cold the water was and walked in a little bit. I noped right out of there, it’s so frickin’ cold!

  7. I don’t know if I would swim, but Lake Baikal is one of my dream destinations. You truly are adventurous.

  8. Colleen, you made my day with this post! You look so sweet and amusing hahahaha 🙂 Was the water way too cold? Nice scenery!!! I’m glad to see you having a great time and laughing xxx

    • Colleen

      Yes, the water was very cold! If you stand in the water, your legs begin to go numb! Needless to say, I didn’t spend too, too long in there! x

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