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From Travel to Tennis: The "GrandPiggies" enjoy a new hobby

The newest additions to the "ThreeLittlePiggies" family enjoy some downtime on the tennis court in rural Pennsylvania

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As we know, the three little pigs left their rural North Carolina home last year in pursuit of an adventure abroad. Thus far, they've been living the dream.

During this adventure, they spent the majority of their time in Prague, Czech Republic: A time that proved to be truly “magical” for the pigs and their future generations. They decided it was time to have kids.

I don’t know what inspired them. Maybe it was the untouched beauty of Prague. Maybe it was the romantic, iridescent glow of the Prague castle lighting up the castle quarter and Mala Strana each night (thanks, Mick Jagger for the lights). Or maybe it was the addition of “Jiri Sunka” to the mix this past holiday season.

Regardless, it happened, and these babies are affectionately known as the “grandpiggies.”

Exhausted and slightly jaded from their brief adventure with their parents, the little grandpiggies decided to take a break and lay low in Exton, Pennsylvania: A small census designated place in the Southeast corner of the state.

As their parents continue their traveling ways this summer (stay tuned for updates) the baby grandpiggies enjoyed some downtime at a local tennis camp, in association with Just Tennis Enterprises.


The hot, humid summer weather was enough to turn these piglets into bacon, but luckily they were able to take cover and enjoy some shade in this tennis ball cart. “Piggies in a basket.”

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They tried to act their age too. These balls are designated for 8 and under players. Since they’re about 5 or 6 in pig years, I figured this would be their best bet to enjoy themselves out there…

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They didn’t become wiser travelers from this experience like their adventurous parents, but rest assured, they had a great time. Whether they were taking naps on the heads of some of our youngest players….

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Or balancing themselves on the butt caps of tennis racquets…

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Or even being treated like rock stars….

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Our little grandpiggies had a great time on the court and they wanted to pass this message along to their ThreeLittle Piggy parents. Safe travels, piggies! Looking forward to a family reunion when you return stateside!

Posted by gabell 20:02 Archived in USA Tagged prague travel just tennis pennsylvania exton Comments (1)

Seances, Pirate Ships, and a Very Happy Birthday to Leigh!

An extra long post summing up Poland.

To conclude the week in Poland:

Leigh made us real iced coffees on Saturday before our "salt grotto crawl."
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The announcement told us to, "Please Relax. The 'seance' is about the begin..."
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It was difficult to take photos inside the grotto so here is a piggie enjoying the mural
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On Sunday Dwight made a really delicious brunch:
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Then the two of us walked around the town.

The piggies went rock climbing.
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With Dwight...
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And Satan?...
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Some stuff for dad....
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Then we went to a pirate ship restaurant/bar
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The piggies farkled a lot with the new dice Leigh and Dwight gave them
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Then they played cards with the new traveling Aussie cards they were also given
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Then they took classic beach pics on the Baltic Sea
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On Monday they did a little walk by the pigeon pen
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and remembered how bad they were at bowling
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Dwight was good though
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What a nice week! And tomorrow is Leigh's birthday so the three little piggies wanted to say, "Happy Birthday!!!" (this is what google translate says it is in Polish, "Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin")

Thanks so much for bringing along the piggies!! They really appreciated exploring such an unknown little town, hanging out, and getting their pierogie fix. Have a great flight back to the US and hopefully I'll see you both and Al within the next year ;)

Posted by gabell 08:21 Archived in Poland Comments (1)

This little piggie stayed home (Kolobzreg Part II)

Kolobzreg has been relaxing. With no tight schedule and without any fantastic weather the past few days, lounging around watching White Collar, Castle, and the IT Crowd has been a nice change of pace from Prague.

On Friday, we biked the Baltic:
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.piggies enjoying the sun and the sand

.piggies enjoying the sun and the sand

We stopped for some piorgies and some farkling with Al
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Piggies making friends and looking fly....
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On the ride back from the little snack shack the piggies managed to get attacked by a bee and stop at this cool bunker place:
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Then they stopped for a drink at this crazy cafe with a spinning room which made all the pigs feel sick. Leigh made a nice picture of the potential plan:
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After lounging on the beach some, they all went for some meat
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And then they became renowned heavy lifting champs, from all the protein obviously....
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Posted by gabell 11:35 Archived in Poland Comments (0)

This little piggie went to....Kołobrzeg?

Kołobrzeg. Still not entirely sure how to properly pronounce it.

But the piggies have been having a fun time in this little town where almost no one speaks English and the tourists are all Polish and German.

"Cezar Dubois," a dashing capoeira master, drove the piggies from Prague, through Germany, and into Poland. On the way there were a lot of prostitutes on the border around 2pm in the afternoon and a Polish "szkoła" bus!
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Kołobrzeg has everything a piggie could dream of:

Communist architecture
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Goats:
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Pierogies:
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Cool town halls:
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"Iced coffees" (which translates to Coffee milkshakes)
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Banana Grams (travel themed):
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Pigeon Fanciers (watching this dude has been the highlight of the piggies' trip):
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And most importantly, flocks of old people:
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"I think the average age here is about a million and a half" -Cezar Dubois

Posted by gabell 05:58 Archived in Poland Comments (0)

Last days of Prague

Prague seems like a totally reasonable place for a family reunion, no?

Dwight and Leigh flew in Sunday morning and Schaffer and Julie drove in that afternoon from Germany. They spent the last three days of my Prague experience with me. Here's some stuff we did.

We went to the castle and the piggies had a good time playing in the gift shop.

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Then the piggies went to the toy museum which was pretty cool.
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They met some other piggies, much older than them.

They found something of interest to a certain Susan Bellinger:

For my mother

For my mother

Among other things:

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(Their least favorite toy)

They went to U Zlateho Tygra (The Golden Tiger) for beers and some farkling
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Farkle is this new, cool game Leigh introduced us to. She even got me my own dice and instructions so the piggies can spread it across Europe and Eurasia this summer!

Farkle is this new, cool game Leigh introduced us to. She even got me my own dice and instructions so the piggies can spread it across Europe and Eurasia this summer!

Farkle with Al

Farkle with Al

And then.....is was time to go. The piggies sold their bed, donated their table, gave away three bags of clothes to the Salvation Army, lugged a 60lb suitcase up 4 flights of stairs for storage of the summer, packed their new backpack for a vagabond summer, and moved out...

The backpack is still pretty heavy so they've already dumped some of their favorite things. I think, "things the piggies have dumped along the way" is going to be a fun game to play. If anyone can correctly count how much stuff gets left behind, they win a prize. Here's round one:

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Round 1

As I mentioned on Facebook, I think I'll miss the gypsies sleeping and throwing up on my doorstep the most! <3

Bye bye Prague
Next stop...Kołobrzeg

Posted by gabell 06:27 Archived in Czech Republic Comments (1)

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