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Road Trip Across the American Midwest

The American Midwest is a strange land. Daniel Tosh says middle America is for those who have given up on their dreams, and to some extent...

Bear Baiting in America

By bear baiting we do in fact mean we’re baiting a bear. Bear baiting consists of taking a bunch of fish guts, molasses-dipped bread...

The Return to the Amber Waves of Grain

The time has come, my lovely friends, to bid adieu to the Middle Kingdom. We packed up our belongings– things we had acquired over...

Gwendolyn Xiaolong

Newer photos loaded every few days at the bottom of the page. NEW! Here are photos of Gwendolyn at the hospital. We’ll load more on...

Having a Baby in China – Vol. II

Although the last post was overwhelmingly negative, the actual delivery and birth went quite well, and our baby is now safely tucked in our...

Having a Baby in China- Vol. I

Having a baby in China as a westerner is an astonishing experience in every sense of the word. It’s unlike the process back home in...

Making Money on the Road

We’ve met quite a few people who make their money on the road in interesting ways. Whatever allows you to travel and make a bit of...

Where the Wild Things Are Under the Bed

Recently we’ve had a rash of strange creatures find their way into our little Beijing hutong. Perhaps it’s because we finally...

An Introduction to Darius Lux

We at ATC are constantly inspired by the travelers around us. Having recently met the digital acquaintance of singer/songwriter and...

Book Review: Border Run

For the past two years Lauren has been running a small book club in Beijing called Book Smugglers. From time to time publishers send books...

So it goes

It’s a long story, and one we’ll share at another point, but we’ve moved on from our management of 12sqm Bar in downtown...

Tourist in a Tourist Town

We recently had some friends visit us in Beijing, an occurrence which was a wonderful reminder of how many amazing sights there are in this...

Painting in China

China is a great place to get artistic. Granted, it’s hard to paint outdoors because a mob will gather around you, suffocating any...

Update: Latest Cube Abandoner

All is going well with the pregnancy at present, and our baby girl (that’s right, it’s a girl!) will be arriving this summer....

Why Americans Need More Vacation Time

It may come as a surprise to you, but the more vacation you take the healthier you’ll be. Or, so says a study done in the UK to...

St. Patrick’s Day Snow in Beijing 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Beijing. You’re supposed to dye the waters green, not layer the city in three-five inches of...

Mike to the Rescue

The other day Mike and I were buzzing around on our super sleek moped. He calls it a motorcycle as his man points don’t decrease when...

New Cube Abandoner on the Way!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official! We’re expecting a tiny little cube abandoner of our own! The little guy (or gal) will be...

Happy Birthday, Mike!

Our favorite Cube Abandoner Mike B is turning old. His first grey hairs made an appearance this year, as did sore joints in the cold and a...

Slavery: Still an Issue

Let’s not keep patting ourselves on the back in America and Europe over the end of slavery. Sure, it’s not a major issue in the...

Apple in China

The other day Apple was set to release the new iPhone 4S in China. What transpired has hit news stands around the world, so I’ll only...

The Great Escape… Beijing Motorcycle Edition

If you follow us on Facebook, then you’ve probably noticed the bad-ass photo of Lauren on a motorcycle. Here’s how that...

A Very Merry Commie Christmas

It was in the depths of a dreary and cold winter in Beijing when Christmas hit, almost unexpectedly, amid family visits and mad rushes at...

Seven Billion… and Counting

When I was in high school I distinctly remember the day we learned about the concept of a Malthusian Crisis. The teacher drew an upward bow...

Fix Our Trains NOW!

A friend sent me this photo recently and as many of you know, this is an issue we’re pretty passionate about. There is crap public...