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The piggies apologizing for traveling too much

And their long overdo silence

Where 'O Where are the pigs?

Currently doing a summer filled with adventures that some might deem "too dangerous." But rest assured, the news definitely makes things look worse than they are!!

The pigs spent two months in Lebanon (though unfortunately, it seems the piggies felt they were getting a bit porky and were self conscious and didn't take many photos of themselves....)

Their reason: take a seven week intensive Arabic course (7 hours a day) at American University of Beirut
Result: Utter exhaustion but the ability to impress cab drivers (talking pigs??)

traditional sweets

traditional sweets


typical dinners

typical dinners


Sidon, crusader castle

Sidon, crusader castle


Sidon

Sidon


animals like monkeys, birds, and dogs, are typically kept in cages and sold on the roadside

animals like monkeys, birds, and dogs, are typically kept in cages and sold on the roadside


Roman Hippodrome in Tyr/Sur

Roman Hippodrome in Tyr/Sur

Climbing the ancient Phoenician temple, pretty much the only remaining in the word, definitely not renovated, definitely the most dangerous thing the piggies did in Lebanon

Climbing the ancient Phoenician temple, pretty much the only remaining in the word, definitely not renovated, definitely the most dangerous thing the piggies did in Lebanon

no trip is complete without shooting some guns!

no trip is complete without shooting some guns!

volunteering with refugees

volunteering with refugees

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Waterfall (without water), the third most dangerous thing the piggies did in Lebanon besides getting in any taxi anywhere, ever

Waterfall (without water), the third most dangerous thing the piggies did in Lebanon besides getting in any taxi anywhere, ever


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Piggies celebrated the victory of the German world cup final

Piggies celebrated the victory of the German world cup final

of course, they were subject to a very intense and exhausting course of tricky Arabic puzzles. This says in Arabic, "What is it?"

of course, they were subject to a very intense and exhausting course of tricky Arabic puzzles. This says in Arabic, "What is it?"

So many photos were taken in Lebanon, most of which were already posted on facebook....but Lebanon Part II might come soon as well

Next up: Cyprus, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan....!!!

Posted by gabell 28.08.2014 01:35 Archived in Lebanon Comments (1)

Running around Boarders: Cyprus

The boarder between Lebanon and Israel is closed. This means, despite seeing Israel from Lebanon twice, no one is allowed to cross between the countries directly by land, air, or sea. Essentially, they pretend the other doesn't exist. Fair enough after all the war between the two. In fact, if the Lebanese can prove you have ever been to Israel, they can (and will) deny you entry (with maybe a few exceptions like specialists from the country or celebrities or something).

Luckily, its quite easy to go to Israel without proof. So the piggies decided to fly to Cyprus after Lebanon and connect from there. But of course, why go and not see the area?

Two days in Larnaca. They stayed with a man who was interesting to say the least, but that's a different story entirely.
He drove them around the island quite a bit to some very lovely looking sites:
Laranca is very much a resort city

Laranca is very much a resort city


really amazing views and cliffs

really amazing views and cliffs


rocks

rocks


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the man's three legged dog who hobbled around with us

the man's three legged dog who hobbled around with us


and a kitten companion to match

and a kitten companion to match


more amazing views

more amazing views


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the only interesting photo from a monastery

the only interesting photo from a monastery


this man was the highlight of the trip. He owns a restaurant in Cyprus in the mountains and showed me all the antiques decorating the walls from his grandmother. This was one of his favorites.

this man was the highlight of the trip. He owns a restaurant in Cyprus in the mountains and showed me all the antiques decorating the walls from his grandmother. This was one of his favorites.

Cyprus is nice. But it's very much a "vacation," "holiday" destination. Good for families, groups of friends, or couples. For solo-traveling pigs, other destinations seemed more interesting. Such a active war zones!! Israel during the war next up!!

Posted by gabell 28.08.2014 01:23 Archived in Cyprus Comments (0)

Cooking With Piggies

They aren't much in the way of chefs, but here's some pork-free cooking from Chicago

Starting the mornings off right! Breakfast is important for half-marathon training!
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Or creatively, anyway
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No bowls :(

New easy recipe involving rice, chicken, and an easy tomato sauce with lemon juice, pepper, and soy sauce
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A friend brought the piggies tamales from Texas
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The Onions went a little crazy over spring break

The Onions went a little crazy over spring break

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Pineapple and apricot chicken

Pineapple and apricot chicken

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Piggies go hard

Piggies go hard

The Onions went a little crazy over spring break

The Onions went a little crazy over spring break

Chicago is finally warm enough for iced coffee and going outside!
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Michael made tacos

Michael made tacos

A night out at a Persian restaurant!
Stuffed Pepper

Stuffed Pepper


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Followed by a night in with leftovers
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Fish tacos with friends! Way harder than I thought it would be....
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Posted by gabell 20.04.2014 17:48 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Happy Birthday Grammie!!

With Love from Chicago

It's good to know that even in your 80s, one can be such a socialite, answering the phone is even a chore ;)

Yesterday was my grandmother's 85th birthday!!!!

So, I've called her a few times to wish her a happy birthday but no answer. So, it only seemed fair that the piggies make an official birthday wish from Chicago to North Carolina.

Happy 85th! Birthday Grammie. WIth Love from Chicago

Happy 85th! Birthday Grammie. WIth Love from Chicago

Or from France or the Arab world or wherever the piggies are mentally

Or from France or the Arab world or wherever the piggies are mentally

:D

:D

Love this picture of her when she was in her teens.

Love this picture of her when she was in her teens.

Don't worry, I'll keep calling ;)

Posted by gabell 04.04.2014 14:35 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Piggie Ricans on the Island of Culebra (IV of IV)

The next morning, the piggies took a little 8 passenger plane from Vieques to the island of Culebra with the Aussie.

right behind the pilot

right behind the pilot

plane selfie

plane selfie

playa Flamenco

playa Flamenco


the most beautiful beach the piggies have ever seen

the most beautiful beach the piggies have ever seen


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Australia

Australia

Posted by gabell 28.03.2014 21:14 Archived in Puerto Rico Comments (0)

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