Field Notes: Connecting People From Afar – Turkmenistan, Georgia, Russia

Field Notes: Connecting People From Afar – Turkmenistan, Georgia, Russia

For 35 years, MIR, whose name means peace and world in Russian, has had a singular purpose: connecting people through travel in destinations farther from the familiar. We know from traveler feedback, and as travelers ourselves, that what’s most memorable about a journey is the people you meet along the way—the guides, drivers, tour managers, behind-the-scene coordinators, local villagers in the bazaars, the friendly restaurant wait staff, the families who invite you in to share a meal…While we can only connect from afar at this time, our teams in our affiliated offices in Siberia, Western Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and Ukraine together with our network of partners spread from Tbilisi to Tallinn to Tirana are doing their best to stay in good health and stay connected as we all look ahead to the future.We hope you enjoy learning about how MIR people in the field are spending theiraaaRead More


Spotlight on St. Petersburg Theaters: Mariinsky II Theater

Spotlight on St. Petersburg Theaters: Mariinsky II Theater

It’s just a walk across a canal bridge from the Mariinsky Theater to St. Petersburg’s newest and most expensive theater, the Mariinsky II. Opening in 2013 and costing $700 million, this 2,000-seat Russian opera house is built to impress – especially with its acoustics. I recently visited the Mariinsky II Theater for the first time. It’s huge! Shaped like a horseshoe, this theater’s auditorium is among the largest in the world. Acoustics are awesome - considered among the world’s finest for a theater. But the lighting is a bit strange: To me they look like those rows of lights inside an airplane, so passengers can find their way in the aisle. Read More



Celebrating New Year’s in Russia: St Petersburg

Celebrating New Year’s in Russia: St Petersburg

The Director of MIR’s St. Petersburg affiliate office, Katya Boyarskaya, is a native of St.Petersburg, a city that – along with the entire country – loves to celebrate New Year’s. Katya does, too. We asked her to share some of her favorite holiday memories and tips. Read More



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