On the shore of Baikal Lake, the farm hosts are the nicest people ever. We got to know their customs, traditions and way of life. The frozen lake is undoubtedly one of the greatest natural wonders on Earth. This experience is a MUST.
Russia, Siberia, and especially area around Baikal Lake is unforgettable and astonishing - views, landscapes, people, distances and... Trans-Siberian railway :) to be honest its unspeakable - You have to discover and experience it by yourself.
And last, but not least - Ilja as a guide - great man, with huge knowledge of the region, languages and local culture.
It doesn't matter if you've never been to Russia, or You're familiar with the region - in both cases it's worth trying.