A short trip to Lake Baikal
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Irkutsk is a middle-sized city in Siberia situated about 70 km from Lake Baikal and separated into two halves by the Angara River (the only river flowing out from the lake). Baikal is UNESCO World Heritage Site and a natural wonder - the deepest lake in the world. It is also the world's second most voluminous lake (after the Caspian Sea), the oldest (over 25 million years old) and among the clearest of all lakes in the world. Baikal contains around 20 % of the world's surface fresh water and is home to more than 1,000 unique species of plants and animals.
All in all, it is not surprising that I've always wanted to see it and was happy to get a chance to go to Irkutsk, even if for work and for only few days. The spring comes to the area quite late though so I knew Baikal would be still covered in ice. It stays frozen till May! But I loved the trip regardless - nice weather (around zero - warmer than I had expected), good company, beautiful landscape, fresh air, yummy smoked omul fish, and just a welcome change of scene were all completely enjoyable! I also hope to get back in the summer when there are only more activities to enjoy around Lake Baikal. Until then - sharing a couple of my pictures :)