Good Manners and Good Food: A Home-Cooked Meal in Siberia

Good Manners and Good Food: A Home-Cooked Meal in Siberia

During my years of travel with MIR, I've been served a lavish birthday dinner in Uzbekistan, dined at Moscow's venerable Metropol Hotel, coped with the gooey football-shaped potato cepelinai (think Zeppelin) in Lithuania, and been seated at the damasked dining tables of the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. But there's nothing like dining in a private Siberian home. I’ve eaten meals with Siberian families at homestays in Irkutsk and Ulan Ude, and enjoyed a feast with a family of Old Believers in the village of Tarbagatay. Each was thoughtfully prepared and graciously offered, and came replete with leisurely and engrossing conversations about our respective countries, families, kids, professions, and travels. These intimate repasts have been highlights of my travels in Siberia. Read More


MIR in the News: Articles about MIR’s Tours Exploring Central Asia, Celebrating Winter in Russia and more

MIR in the News: Articles about MIR’s Tours Exploring Central Asia, Celebrating Winter in Russia and more

It's always nice when notable publications share news about our tours and destinations. Here are some of MIR's recent mentions in the press Read More


Moscow’s Charming Chemodan Restaurant

Moscow’s Charming Chemodan Restaurant

"Chemodan" mean "suitcase" in Russian, but you don't have to travel far when you're in Moscow to taste environmentally clean, sustainable Siberian cuisine. Why "Suitcase Restaurant?" They have a special place in Russian culture, and travel. Read More