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Book Review: Rising / Falling – Always Hoping: A Journey to a Part of Asia, by Craig Chamberlain

This is the only book written about the Mongol Rally. As many of you know, we are participating in this 10,000 mile adventure across Europe...

The Empire Builder

Recently, I’ve taken the Empire Builder from start to finish a total of three times, that’s around 6,600 miles! Traveling by train is...

Sweet Home, Rockford IL

Although still listed as the 14th most undesirable place to live because of the crime and unemployment, I’ve been lucky enough to...

Book Review: Lost on Planet China: One man’s attempt to understand the world’s most mystifying nation, by Maarten Troost

If you have ever been to China, then Lost on Planet China will be full of inside jokes only you and other China travelers will understand....

The George Bush Presidential Library

A  recent visit to the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas revealed a deeper look at the man, the President and the...

Remember the Alamo!

Remember the Alamo! This saying had little meaning to me until recently, when we visited the Alamo in San Antoino, TX. This was a prime...

Book Review: Smile When You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer, by Chuck Thompson

Chuck Thompson is an infamous name in the travel industry. He has been a long-time critic of how Americans perceive the rest of the world,...

Palo Alto and the Mexican-American War

If you live or vacation in Southern – Central Texas, this is especially important to all the winter Texans, take a short drive North...

Texas!

Texas! The only state in the union that considers becoming its own country on a daily basis and was an independent nation from 1836 to...

Book Review: The Ridiculous Race: 26,000 miles, 2 guys, 1 globe, no airplanes, by Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran

Steve and Vali made a deal with each other. The first one to circumnavigate the globe by land would win a bottle of the most expensive...

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...

Book Review: The Geography of Bliss, by Eric Weiner

If you are interested in social psychology and how the conceptual understanding of happiness varies between cultures, then The Geography of...

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...

Abandon the Cube Featured on Lonely Planet

Good news for travel buffs, Lonely Planet now has a program that features great travel blogs. This program has exploded in the travel...

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...

How to raise money and find sponsors for the Mongol Rally

Having done quite a bit of research on how to find sponsors for our team in the 2010 Mongol Rally, we thought it might be helpful to write...

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....

China versus America: a Conversational Comparison

Many folks in very important acronym-named think tanks spend their days thinking about the China versus America issue. I wish they would...

USA Travel Options: Choices of Futility

Recently, I have been surprised by how difficult traveling is in America if you don’t want to fly. And reasonable people are prone not to...

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...