Traveling with Teens and Young Adults: An Active Adventure through Europe and the Balkans

Traveling with Teens and Young Adults: An Active Adventure through Europe and the Balkans

The request was for a trip to unusual places guaranteed to wear out the client's energetic early-twenties grandsons. It had to be packed with continuous adventures, one after the other, with enough time in between for cold beers. Read More


Holocaust Center for Humanity Museum: Objects from Auschwitz

Holocaust Center for Humanity Museum: Objects from Auschwitz

Five artifacts will be arriving in Seattle from Auschwitz, transported by travelers on a journey sponsored by the Holocaust Center for Humanity, and partially operated by Seattle’s MIR Corporation. They will find a home in Seattle's new Holocaust Museum. Read More


The Czar’s Ball: A Luxurious New Year’s Celebration in St. Petersburg

The Czar’s Ball: A Luxurious New Year’s Celebration in St. Petersburg

The sumptuous Czar’s Ball, held in St. Petersburg, Russia’s lavish Catherine’s Palace on New Year’s Eve, faithfully recreates the imperial soirees of the 19th century, when no expense was spared to dazzle and entertain the favored nobility. Entering the extravagant palace, guests enter the pages of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Read More


Master of the Toast in Georgia (VIDEO)

Master of the Toast in Georgia (VIDEO)

At a Georgian feast, the toasting doesn’t just stray into the emotional realm of family, friendship, honor, life and love – it marches directly in and sets up camp. The toast line-up always includes a toast to peace and fellowship, to the motherland, Georgia, and to lost loved ones. Here, host John Wurdeman raises a toast to family at his Tbilisi restaurant. He begins by saying, “A stone that grows stronger with time is limerock…Cement decays over time, but limerock only becomes stronger.” Read More


Beginner’s Guide to World War II Sites in Western Russia

Beginner’s Guide to World War II Sites in Western Russia

The memory of World War II is still a big deal in Russia, and understandably so. Almost an entire generation of men was wiped out in what is known here as the Great Patriotic War. Estimates of casualties in Russia alone range from 7 million to 14 million, half of them civilians of all ages and genders. Everyone lost someone, and no one has forgotten. A sobering story of treachery, tragedy, heroism and survival, Russia’s memory of its World War II experience has been an important influence on its contemporary character. These are some of the most important of Western Russia’s WWII sites... Read More


Lithuania’s Curonian Spit – A UNESCO Highlight

Lithuania’s Curonian Spit – A UNESCO Highlight

Lithuania’s Curonian Spit is a narrow 60-mile strip of sand running from Klaipeda south into the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Formed over 5,000 years ago, the forested dunes of the spit separate the mostly freshwater Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Read More


Just an Old Sweet Song: Georgian Polyphonic Singing (VIDEOS)

Just an Old Sweet Song: Georgian Polyphonic Singing (VIDEOS)

Singing is important in the South Caucasus country of Georgia – as important and as ubiquitous as the fantastic food, great wine and heartfelt toasts that the country is famous for. Here are some video samples of folk songs and chants from different regions of Georgia. Read More


Snow Leopard Trust: Preservation Efforts in Mongolia

Snow Leopard Trust: Preservation Efforts in Mongolia

In Mongolia's remote high desert wilderness, experts from Seattle’s Snow Leopard Trust trap, measure, and examine wild snow leopards before fitting them with GPS tracking collars and releasing them. This long-term study of the beautiful cats has followed 16 collared snow leopards through the mountains of the South Gobi, learning about their range, their habits, their diet and their families. Read More