Maslenitsa in Russia: Pouring on the Pancakes

Maslenitsa in Russia: Pouring on the Pancakes

Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, is a favorite holiday in Russia. Today it’s celebrated both as a pagan springtime rite and, similar to Carnival, a last fling before Lent prohibits all pleasurable things. In 2017, Maslenitsa is celebrated from February 20-26. Read More


Postcard from Annie: An Unexpected Delight – Phoka Nunnery and Village, Georgia

Postcard from Annie: An Unexpected Delight – Phoka Nunnery and Village, Georgia

On a recent business trip to Georgia, MIR Vice President Annie Lucas made a stop at an unassuming village that turned out to be a delightfully authentic travel experience. Making an unscheduled stop at the Phoka Nunnery in the tiny village of Phoka gave us just the sort of spontaneous experience that travelers like me hope for. Read More


Georgian Delight in the Heart of Moscow

Georgian Delight in the Heart of Moscow

One of the aspects of my position that I love best is tasting food for MIR. As I sit at my desk and write this, I have a feeling of euphoria running through my body that comes from just having visited “Djon Djoli” restaurant and sampled as much of the wonderful food as I could at one sitting. 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