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


MIR’s Overland Expeditions: Driving Siberia, and Beyond

MIR’s Overland Expeditions: Driving Siberia, and Beyond

MIR's roster of complex overland expeditions keeps growing; the latest is an around-the-world 1908 Great Race re-creation through Siberia, and beyond. Read More


Orthodox Christmas: January’s Holy Holiday

Orthodox Christmas: January’s Holy Holiday

Thirteen days after the traditional Christmas in the West, Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7th. It may not be coded into your smartphone or laptop calendar automatically, but it is, indeed, a holiday celebrated by millions around the world, including many MIR destinations like Russia, the Baltics, Balkans, and Eastern Europe. Read More


Secret Santas in Belarus, Poland, Russia, Finland and Latvia

Secret Santas in Belarus, Poland, Russia, Finland and Latvia

In this Santa Survey, I’m going to skip the towns of North Pole, Alaska, and Santa Claus, Indiana, as well as any of the flourishing Santa-themed parks in the U.S. Instead, I’m heading straight overseas to investigate some foreign Santa habitats. Read More




1989 Anniversary: Hands Across the Baltics

1989 Anniversary: Hands Across the Baltics

1989 was a year of violence, freedom, and bravery in such places as Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall. The Baltics were no exception; it's now more than 25 years since the "Hands Across the Baltics" led to independence for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Read More