Maxim Milyutin, traveller and tour operator based in Irkutsk near Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia, Russia

Hi there! My name is Maxim Milyutin. I am based in Irkutsk, Russia's Siberia.

Traveller, organizer of local travel talks, and owner of Irkutsk hostel Nerpa Backpackers. Travel for me is not necessary movement to some place far away from home, it's a state of soul. That's why I like to travel around my home region and and abroad as well. I'm happy to share my knowledge about Baikal with everybody!

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Tatiana Baksheeva, our previous blog runner, remains with us as a contributor.

An unusual wedding at Lake Baikal

A young couple from Irkutsk decided to celebrate their wedding day … under water. The newlyweds wore a diving suits, special equipment and plunged into the lake near the village of Listvyanka to a depth of 10-12 meters, where they stayed for twenty minutes. Underwater newlyweds even openedĀ a bottle of champagne. The groom was an initiator of such a non-traditional wedding. He is a professional diver. The bride was very supportive to his idea. He said that she was very happy because she had some diving experience at Lake Baikal. They made a video, and here are some shots from this video.

After the wedding the bride decided to enroll in divingĀ more seriously.

Oh, forgot to tell you – it happened on December 20th, the temperature outside was -15C.

What do you think about this idea, dear Readers? Would you do the same?

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