Travel Photos: A Taste of Georgia’s Remarkable Food, Wine and Folk Traditions

Travel Photos: A Taste of Georgia’s Remarkable Food, Wine and Folk Traditions

What could be better than feasting and toasting your way across a country you’ve heard glowing reports of for years? The little country of Georgia has everything a traveler could hope for – highly valued and gently-used historic sites, warm and wonderful people, gorgeous mountain vistas and some of the finest food and wine on earth. I had the good fortune to join a handful of others traveling there on MIR's A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture, in October of 2014. Read More


Orthodox Christmas: January’s Holy Holiday

Orthodox Christmas: January’s Holy Holiday

Thirteen days after the traditional Christmas in the West, Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7th. It may not be coded into your smartphone or laptop calendar automatically, but it is, indeed, a holiday celebrated by millions around the world, including many MIR destinations like Russia, the Baltics, Balkans, and Eastern Europe. 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


Secret Santas in Belarus, Poland, Russia, Finland and Latvia

Secret Santas in Belarus, Poland, Russia, Finland and Latvia

In this Santa Survey, I’m going to skip the towns of North Pole, Alaska, and Santa Claus, Indiana, as well as any of the flourishing Santa-themed parks in the U.S. Instead, I’m heading straight overseas to investigate some foreign Santa habitats. Read More


MIR Moment: Sipping Tea in a Mongolian Ger

MIR Moment: Sipping Tea in a Mongolian Ger

Meaghan Samuels traveled with MIR as an Assistant Tour Manager on the Mongolia to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure program in 2011. In Mongolia, she had a wonderful opportunity to experience ger life up close, including this treasured memory of sipping tea with a Mongolian family in their traditional ger. Read More


Dashing Through the Snow: MIR Sleigh Rides (video)

Dashing Through the Snow: MIR Sleigh Rides (video)

From Finland to New England, horse-drawn sleighs are symbols of an earlier time when winter travel was more fun and adventurous than steering a four-wheel drive SUV over a paved road on studded snow tires. 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