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Americans Not Traveling Abroad

There are over 300 million Americans. Less than 30% of them have passports. That means Americans are not traveling abroad. And 50% of those...

Chinese New Year in Beijing

In 2008 we lived in Shanghai and had the amazing opportunity to stay in the city over the Spring Festival (the Chinese lunar New Year)....

Going Green? Why not Go All the Way?

Folks are talking about the environment in a new way. Global warming, greenhouses gasses, Co2 emissions, and our dependency on a depleting...

State of the Union 2011: Opinion

The State of the Union Address was January 25th, 2011, ATC reviews the plans behind President Obama’s speech. Transportation: One...

Chinese Mega City in the Works

From the most populated country in the world plans to build a mega city to house some 42 million doesn’t seem that surprising. China...

Poor Journalism & American Debt: Will China Call in Debt Early?

I live in China. I’m an American. You’d be surprised at the number one question people ask me from back home. Simply put, they...

“Should You Look For Work in China,” asks CNN. ATC Responds!

Recently, CNN ran an article asking the question, “Should You Look for Work in China.” The article follows the story of two...

Cultural Differences or Just Rude?

Today, I was walking down Nanluoguxiang when a women in a new model Audi decided to take a short cut out of one of the many side alleyways...

Nanluoguxiang, Beijing

Beijing has many amazing attractions. The Great Wall is a short ride away, the Forbidden City is at the epicenter, the entire city is flush...

New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year! With the new year comes a barrage of newly affirmed goals and resolutions. Living in China isn’t always easy, there...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Dear Friends, Family, Fellow Travelers, and Random Readers, Merry Christmas from Beijing, China! We’re thrilled to be celebrating...

The Beijing-Erlian Visa Run

We recently did a visa run. As with many people who live in China, we have to leave the country every 60 or 90 days to reactivate our...

Life in a Beijing Hutong: Initial Impressions

We recently signed a one year lease on a local hutong home called a ping’an. A hutong is a cultural community of homes in the traditional...

Moving into a Hutong Home in Beijing

As many of you know, we were recently evicted from our apartment in Beijing. This stellar nightmare had a surprisingly happy ending when...

Evicted! A Nightmare in Beijing’s Freezing Winter

First, a little background information on rental practices in China: In general, you sign a lease and pay your rent whenever you move in....

Long Way Round – REVIEW

We recently watched the series Long Way Round, where Charlie Boorman and Ewan McGregor ride their BMWs from London to New York– the...

Top Ten Lists for Travel and Adventure

Abandon the Cube has undergone changes…for the better we hope. Be the first to check it out! We’re excited about the changes...

Pet Shopping in Beijing

We’ve been looking all over for a place to buy a ferret. Yeah, I know what you are thinking, why buy a pet when you will just have to...

MooMu Media – Spotlight

A lot of people are interested in how much money our website makes, how we acquired so much content for the blog, and how we created the...

The Beijing Zoo

Since it was my birthday week we got to do a lot of really fun stuff. After all, you only turn 27 once! Mike decided to take me to the...

Job Hunting in Beijing, China

Since we finally had an apartment we were free to start looking for jobs. We set about looking in the obvious places for expats living...

Apartment Hunting in Beijing, China

Having decided to stay in Beijing for a while, we set bout organizing ourselves to look for an apartment. We were determined to stay in the...

Exploring New Beijing

Arriving as we did in the middle of the night we had an epic sense of adventure attached to our return to China. Adding to that feeling was...

Should We Stay or Should We Go?

The euphoria at being back in a land where we could speak the language, knew the customs and food, and already felt comfortable was beyond...

Where To Go From Here

With the 2010 Mongol Rally behind us, we found ourselves sitting at a restaurant in Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia, wondering where we should go....