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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...

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...

Habitat for Humanity

Being unemployed, we decided to try to make ourselves useful to society in a way that doesn’t include posting comments on various...

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...

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...

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...

The Art of Post-Holiday Relaxation

As the holidays winded to a close I was reminded of how un-zen-like we can become when we are tossed into a medley of the most stressful...

Merry Christmas from ATC!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Next year will be equally as adventurous as 2009, with the Mongol Rally launching from Italy and...

Sking the Olympic Runs at Whistler, British Columbia

For Christmas this year the family went to Whistler, BC, Canada to check out the slopes for the upcoming 2010 winter Olympics. Though it...

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...

Feeling Insecure: A Celebrity Call to Arms

Last weekend I saw an episode of Conan on Late Night where Ben Stiller wore the stillerstrong.org headband. It made me realize our targets...

On Seeing Old Friends Again

There is something special about seeing an old friend after a two year absence. Returning to Illinois and Minnesota for the first time...

How to Get Rid of Everything

Two years ago I packed up almost everything I owned and moved to China. One month ago I returned to America with three boxes of items...

The East Coast Survival Kit

Our ship docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA and we hightailed it to the closest Amtrak station. From there we bought tickets on the...

3 Things I didn’t Miss About the USA…. And A few I did

Transportation — Nothing says welcome home like finding yourself stranded at the port with no public transportation option and a long...

Smoking in Old San Juan

Having spent several days crossing the Ocean and the previous day exploring Saint Thomas, we were excited for our day in Puerto Rico. We...

Funchal Island

Our cruise ship stopped in Funchal Island, owned by Portugal, which is a small island filled with wealth people, everything has to be...

MSC Cruises Review

We took a 17-day cruise from Venice to Ft. Lauderdale on the MSC Poesia, which had stops in Italy, Tunisia, Spain, Portugal, Virgin...