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Progreso versus Matamoros, Mexico

Having visited Progreso several times this winter, and Matamoros only once, it is safe to say I’m a bit skewed towards the former...

South Padre Island Texas

For the past month we have been sheltering ourselves away from the massive cold front that has left the Midwest covered in snow and ice. We...

Where are those guys?

I suppose reading the blog might have been confusing recently for some of our more attentive readers. We posted blogs from Canada and...

Mexico: A gringo story

Having always loved Latin music, food, clothing and culture, my first trip to Mexico was dreamt about for years before it actually...

Man vs Wild

Bear Gryllls’ show, Man vs. Wild (Born Survivor in the UK) – Man vs. Wild – Season 1 – is a rare TV hit. What I...

Top Ten Travel Websites

So its 2010 and to celebrate we’re looking for the top ten amateur travel sites on the internet. Help us find them! We’re...

The Mount Washington Hotel and Resort

Also known as the Bretton Woods Resort, the Mount Washington Hotel is the one of the last remaining “Grand Hotels” of New Hampshire’s...

Amtrak: An Open Plea to the US Government

Dear President Obama, In response to your recent town hall meeting, I have a question I’d like to pose to you as a concerned citizen....

Happy New Year from Abandon the Cube

We hope the New Year brings about lots of good things for all of our readers!  Lauren and I will be in the US for the first quarter / half...

Caucasus and Turkey Newsletter Released

After a lot of hard work, Lauren has released our next newsletter.  This issue covers the Azerbaijan, The Republic of Georgia, and...

The Movie Transsiberian

From the Beijing Train Station to the corrupt police on the far Eastern route of the Russian Trans-Siberian Railroad, the 2008 movie...

Driving from the East Coast to the Mid-West

When it was time to depart the East Coast and North Carolina the issue of how to move forward was pressing.  We wanted to continue our...

Soaking in Venice

Not at all impressed with Euro-rail as it was the most expensive train, without private cabins, and the lights remained on all night, the...

A New Traveler Joins ATC

Here at Abandon the Cube we’re always happy to hear other traveler’s adventure tales. We’ve met a lot of great people...

A Near Miss on Base Camp One

In the morning we awoke to the sounds of people around us, and, paranoid that we should perhaps not be camping on church grounds, packed up...

Central Asian Money Habits

One of the strangest, and most frustrating things about traveling in Central Asia has been the double standards related to costs. As...

Visiting the Gates of Hell, Darvaza Turkmenistan

Dante readers beware, the “Gates of Hell” are very real. They are located in the middle of a vast, uninhabitable desert (not...

Dinosaur Eggs on the Journey to the Caspian

We decided to take a weekend trip out to the Caspian Sea from Ashgabat.  Leaving mid-afternoon on Friday we planned to stop in the small...

Statistics from Shanghai to Ashgabat

Originally, the trip was planned as a Shanghai to Ashgabat adventure. Well, we have an announcement to make—we have decided to keep on...

Funding the Escape

Naturally, some of you are wondering how we can afford to be unemployed and yet pay for train tickets all over the continent. Here is how I...

The Longest, Most Corrupt Train in Central Asia

After sleeping in the Almaty-1 train station we boarded our first Kazakh train at 5:12am bound for Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The train arrived...

Doing the Math

The Statistics Are In 7 Cities 4 Trains 3 Countries 2 Buses 2 broken backpacks 1 Car $ 464 USD Per person (3,175 RMB)* 11,896 miles...

Packing for Several Months on the Road

Top Five Things I Wish We’d Brought • More carabineers. So far, carabineers and rope have been two of the most useful items in my pack....

Shopping for Outdoor Gear in Shanghai

We ventured to every travel gear store in Shanghai. For those seeking camping, climbing, trekking or other outdoor wear and gear we fully...

A Visa-Related Snag

Having completed all the necessary paperwork, acquired mini photos of myself and located my passport I set off to the Uzbek consulate in...