MIR Spotlight: Katya Boyarskaya

MIR Spotlight: Katya Boyarskaya

MIR’s Katya Boyarskaya was destined to take the stage, born into the legacy of a prominent Russian theatrical family in St. Petersburg. But Katya’s stage is far beyond a theater interior: it’s the world stage of travel, beginning in Soviet times. Katya shares her struggles and successes to do what she loves most. Read More


MIR Client Spotlight: Sketching the South Caucasus

MIR Client Spotlight: Sketching the South Caucasus

MIR travelers Ned and Marilyn Livingston love exploring the sights of the world, with Ned sketching them along the way. Here he shares some favorite drawings of their South Caucasus tour, and a favorite encounter as well. Read More



Baking Bread, Breaking Bread in Georgia

Baking Bread, Breaking Bread in Georgia

Georgia in the South Caucasus is known for sawtoothed mountains, great wines, and fresh bread - lots of bread! MIR's Tour Manager Devin Connolly offers her favorite Georgian mouth-watering breads, including cheese-filled khachapuri. Read More


Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse

Good fortune comes to those born in the “Year of the Horse.” So says the Chinese calendar with its 12 revolving signs of the zodiac, each one reigning for a year. In 2014, it’s the horse that’s taking the reins as Chinese New Year welcomed the "Year of the Horse" on January 31st. And what a great sign to be born under: these horses we ride, take into battle, and love as our best four-legged friends. Read More



Moscow’s Charming Chemodan Restaurant

Moscow’s Charming Chemodan Restaurant

"Chemodan" mean "suitcase" in Russian, but you don't have to travel far when you're in Moscow to taste environmentally clean, sustainable Siberian cuisine. Why "Suitcase Restaurant?" They have a special place in Russian culture, and travel. Read More



UNESCO Spotlight: Siberia’s Legendary Lake Baikal

UNESCO Spotlight: Siberia’s Legendary Lake Baikal

Dubbed "Pearl of Siberia," no wonder Lake Baikal is on so many travelers’ bucket lists of places to go before they die. It's hands-down superlative: the oldest and deepest lake in the world. It's also considered an ancient holy and sacred place. Read More


Brave Baltics,  Brave Hearts

Brave Baltics, Brave Hearts

Defiant. Bold. Brave. The Baltic countries are found along the Baltic Sea, made up of the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, with Russian exclave Kaliningrad often thrown into the mix. It is a place—these historic Baltics—filled with legendary brave hearts. Read More