Rugged Kamchatka Peninsula: Russia’s “Ring of Fire”

Rugged Kamchatka Peninsula: Russia’s “Ring of Fire”

The place is as unfamiliar as the name: Kamchatka. It’s a rugged, remote peninsula in Russia’s Far East lying uneasily atop the Pacific Ring of Fire, marked by volcanoes and geysers, and populated by reindeer and indigenous peoples. Kamchatka was closed to Soviets and foreigners alike for military reasons until 1993. Read More


MIR Spotlight: Anvar Nasimov

MIR Spotlight: Anvar Nasimov

MIR’S Anvar Nasimov was born and raised in one of the most fascinating places on the planet: Samarkand, Uzbekistan, heart of the Silk Road. Anvar offers his perspective on his country, and the satisfaction he feels in showing travelers the beauty and history of his beloved homeland. Read More






Whistle-Stop History of the Trans-Siberian Railway

Whistle-Stop History of the Trans-Siberian Railway

They go hand-in-hand, the phrase “journey of a lifetime,” and the Trans-Siberian Railway. It's a legendary journey born out of books, movies, history and imagination, with unforgettable stops along the way. Read More