“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Inspired by these words of Mark Twain, one of my favourite American writers, I once realized that if I want my dream to become reality, I need to act. All I had to do is to take that very first step out of my “safe harbour” and it would lead me towards my dream. For years, I’ve been dreaming of visiting the sacred Lake Baikal. To make this dream come true, I hitchhiked more than 5200 km alone, and then another 300 km together with my dear sister Sin from Ulan-Ude, and finally, on January 19th, 2009, I saw Baikal.