I love family vacations. But seriously, Oymyakon? What were we thinking?

Ice pellets beat against the hotel window. Outdoors it was snowing. And the wind chill made my bones ache, even wearing an ushanka.

Beside me my sister giggled in her new bikini. “Are you ready?”

Helena was smiling. Seriously though, this was crazy. I stood frozen, not wanting to contemplate, wanting to run away.

“Get your suit on, silly,” Helena chided. She waved toward the bathroom door.

“I don’t know…” My arms were covered in goosebumps.

“You can’t chicken out now. Besides it’s a hot spring. It’ll be great.”

Photo is copyright by Andrey Zhukov.

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