A St. Petersburg native, Tamara’s extensive training in languages and fine arts serves her well in her tour manager role with MIR. Tamara has a lifelong interest in art history, hiking, and nature, and has traveled extensively in Europe and throughout the former Soviet Union. Tamara has earned degrees from the Foreign Language Department of the St Petersburg Teacher’s Institute, the Intourist Guides program, and has studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. During her long tenure as a guide, she has worked with luminaries in fashion and art including John Paul Getty Jr, Marc Jacobs, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and has also done translation for Christie’s Auction House. She began traveling by train when she was five, and has led countless Trans-Siberian rail journeys. Tamara loves meeting people of all different nationalities and lifestyles and showing them her country.