The well-known Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho make travel on the Transsiberian railway and was stayed in Listvjanka on May 24-25, 2006. The writer has arrived to Listvjanka on May, 24 and has lodged in a VIP-cottage of "Crestovaja Pad" new hotel. The part of the film crew accompanying the Brazilian, has lodged in our hotel.
The writer has arrived to Listvjanka on May, 24 and has lodged in a
VIP-cottage of "Crestovaja Pad" new hotel. The part of the film
crew accompanying the Brazilian, has lodged in our hotel.
It was originally planned, that visit to Listvjanka will be limited by
one day. However Listvjanka and Baikal have made so strong
impression to Coelho, that he has sharply changed the plans
and has remained for one day more. During these two days he has wandered
on a forest, along coast of lake, has talked to local residents,
fishermen, has tried local cuisine, has washed in a Russian banja in our hotel.
At last he was not kept and expiated at all in ice-cold Baikal water.
From all types of transport in Listvjanka the writer has preferred
a pickup of Derevenka owner and observed vicinities, standing on open air
(see a photo).
After returning to Irkutsk Coelho has given press conference on
which he has told about the impressions from visiting to Baikal.
"On Baikal I was captured at once with desire enter it, - he has told. -
I do not know exact temperature of water, may be about four degrees.
When I has plunged into lake, I has felt, that as though has plunged
into heart of Russia. There was a strong condition, I have felt her
The writer has admitted, that he read many books about Baikal,
"therefore I was afraid to be disappointed with that will see".
However the reality appeared above his expectations.
"I don't speak about shamen and other any exotic things, I speak
about the nature and contacts to usual people which here fairly and courageously
live his life ", - Paulo Coelho have noted.
"I hope, that uniqueness of lake will not be broken. In fact it is fine,
when there is a local fish, local bread, local drinks.
It would be bad, if Baikal will be transformed to the usual international
resort which is not reflecting features of a local life ", -
the author of "Alchemist" and "Diary of the magician" has expressed hope.