GO UNESCO: New Sites for 2014

GO UNESCO: New Sites for 2014

In 1978, a newly-formed UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) named the first 12 World Heritage Sites. On June 25, 2014, as the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee ended, the number of protected sites hit – and passed – the 1,000 mark. This year 26 new sites were named to the list. Five of them are in MIR’s destination countries. Read More



Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse

Good fortune comes to those born in the “Year of the Horse.” So says the Chinese calendar with its 12 revolving signs of the zodiac, each one reigning for a year. In 2014, it’s the horse that’s taking the reins as Chinese New Year welcomed the "Year of the Horse" on January 31st. And what a great sign to be born under: these horses we ride, take into battle, and love as our best four-legged friends. Read More




Silk Route Spotlight: Apples of Almaty, and 7 More Things I Love About This Kazakh Town

Silk Route Spotlight: Apples of Almaty, and 7 More Things I Love About This Kazakh Town

Former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty is now the "capital of apples," a city of history, business, culture, and stunning natural beauty. It's also in the running for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Read More


San Francisco Silk Road

San Francisco Silk Road

Headlined by an article about world traveler and extreme chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” this travel insert to the San Francisco Chronicle also features an engaging article on the Silk Road, one of MIR’s core destinations.“Bourdain delivers travel gems as a prelude to tantalizing details–and the unspoken reminder that the more we know, the more we realize we don’t know. The natural remedy is to travel and to discover certain principles that broaden your worldview forevermore once you’ve returned home.” A modern traveler can only imagine what the Silk Road was like in its heyday in the early years of the last millennium, but so much remains in Central Asia of that era that your imagination can fill in the details fairly accurately. You can’t help but imagine lines of camels making their grumpy, flat-footed way over the scraggly hills from watering hole to wateringaaaRead More


Silk Route Spotlight: Samarkand, Crossroads of Cultures

Silk Route Spotlight: Samarkand, Crossroads of Cultures

If ever there were a crossroads of cultures, it is the melting pot of Samarkand. Over there—China—and over there—the West, the Mediterranean. And here, Samarkand: center of spices, silk, religions, cultures, and conquerors. This Silk Road oasis in Central Asia’s Uzbekistan is so cherished by the world that it’s designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Read More