Took some embassy visitors to see the wonderful Lake Issyk Kul yesterday.
Unbeknownst to the three passengers of my car, I had my suit on under my shorts. When we arrived at the beach (see below, the beach where my swim last year was supposed to end and this year will end), they walked to the lake while I went to the back of the car, took my clothes off, put on my goggles, grabbed the pool thermometer, and walked past them into the lake. It was a wonderful 23C! If that temperature maintains or even goes up (just a bit) in the next month, my swim will at least be pleasant, water temperature-wise.