Expert Picks: 4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Georgia (VIDEO)

Expert Picks: 4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Georgia (VIDEO)

We love the spirit of Georgia, and over three decades of experience crafting tours to this compelling country in the South Caucasus have gained an insider's knowledge of what to do, see, eat, and drink while you're here. That's why we created a special culinary and culture-focused small group tour dedicated exclusively to Georgia called A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture. Designed by MIR Vice President, Annie Lucas (who's fallen in love with Georgia over her many visits to the region), the tour celebrates the history and living traditions of this ancient country through its chefs, winemakers, artisans, and musicians. In our newest video, Annie shares her reasons to travel to the gorgeous Republic of Georgia, all of which you can experience on A Taste of Georgia. Read More


Singing the Plate Song in Uzbekistan: Katta Ashula

Singing the Plate Song in Uzbekistan: Katta Ashula

In Uzbekistan, traditional folk songs are known as Ashula. Ashula reflects the diverse influences that shaped the region’s music as well as the inner feelings, hopes, loves and attitudes of the natives. One of the types of Ashula is called Katta Ashula, which literally means big or great song. The tradition of Katta Ashula is popular in the Fergana Valley, where many languages and cultures come together. Folk singers from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have mastered this traditional style. It requires special training, a strong voice and the ability to improvise - which is illustrated in this video. Read More


Working Out in Iran: The House of Strength (VIDEO)

Working Out in Iran: The House of Strength (VIDEO)

A Zoorkhaneh, or House of Strength, is a traditional Persian gymnasium where men practice and perform a series of stylized exercises that have great historical and sometimes spiritual meaning. The House of Strength rituals were added to UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010, and are becoming more and more popular in Iran. Enjoy our video from a recent visit to a House of Strength in Iran. Read More


A Traveler’s Tale: Hear the Songs of Siberia’s Old Believers (VIDEOS)

A Traveler’s Tale: Hear the Songs of Siberia’s Old Believers (VIDEOS)

An unforgettable highlight in Siberia is listening to the polyphonic singing of Old Believers, exiled here in the 17th century for their religious beliefs. Read More