Growing Up Soviet: A Firsthand Photo Essay

Growing Up Soviet: A Firsthand Photo Essay

I don’t remember talking much about communism, growing up. Nevertheless, in school I was a Little Octobrist and a Young Pioneer, both communist youth organizations. In this photo you can see my Lenin pin. It’s 1983 in this photo, and I was 9 years old. Read More


Active Adventures: 6 Hikes We Recommend in Siberia, Ukraine, Romania and along the Silk Road

Active Adventures: 6 Hikes We Recommend in Siberia, Ukraine, Romania and along the Silk Road

“There’s always a great hike in or near any of MIR’s destinations,” says tour manager extraordinaire Martin Klimenta, who has been leading tours for MIR since the 1990s. An active guy who loves to hike, bike and climb, Martin often explores on foot after his MIR travelers have retired to their hotel rooms for the night. “Sometimes on a tour there will be a client who loves to walk, too, and after dark we’ll head out together, just walking around a city for hours until we get hopelessly lost. Then we’ll call a taxi to take us back to the hotel.” Check out a few more formalized hikes recommended by some of MIR's adventurous destination experts. Read More


8 Must-See Places in Central and East Europe: Hot Spots in Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria and More

8 Must-See Places in Central and East Europe: Hot Spots in Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria and More

Changing with every moment that goes by, the hip and historic countries of Central and East Europe should be visited now before they are fully and irretrievably “discovered”... but where to start? Born and raised in Poland, MIR’s Director of Sales Joanna Millick has traveled all over Central and East Europe. Here are some of her personal favorite places. Read More


MIR Spotlight: Anvar Nasimov

MIR Spotlight: Anvar Nasimov

MIR’S Anvar Nasimov was born and raised in one of the most fascinating places on the planet: Samarkand, Uzbekistan, heart of the Silk Road. Anvar offers his perspective on his country, and the satisfaction he feels in showing travelers the beauty and history of his beloved homeland. Read More