Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Born and raised in Samarkand, Abdu Samadov is full of inside information about Uzbekistan. He has studied in England and the U.S. and is fluent in English, Farsi, and Russian. Abdu guides MIR travelers throughout Central Asia and enjoys sharing his knowledge. Here, Abdu recounts some of the highlights of last year’s small group tour Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan. Read More


Iran Travels and Tastes: Taftoon Flatbread (VIDEO)

Iran Travels and Tastes: Taftoon Flatbread (VIDEO)

While leading a tour through Iran, MIR Tour Manager Jamshid Fayzullaev spotted a baker preparing dough for the flat Iranian taftoon bread that will soon grace the tables of a Yazd restaurant. Enjoy this video of the baker as he shapes it into balls, ready to roll out flat for baking in the tandoor oven. After he rolls it out, he’ll score it and flip it onto the padded mitt that you can see by the oven. Read More




South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

The South Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are quite simply my favorite destinations. Why do I have such a strong affinity for this region? Read More



Baking Bread, Breaking Bread in Georgia

Baking Bread, Breaking Bread in Georgia

Georgia in the South Caucasus is known for sawtoothed mountains, great wines, and fresh bread - lots of bread! MIR's Tour Manager Devin Connolly offers her favorite Georgian mouth-watering breads, including cheese-filled khachapuri. Read More