Western Europe Discovery #3: The Globe Theater and Borough Market

What an incredible couple of days! We can’t believe that it was only on Thursday we last wrote. On Friday morning we woke and began our day at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. We had an amazing guide who taught us not only the history of this influential stage, but what it must have been like to see one of Shakespeare’s play live. One of the funnest things we learned was that no one really threw tomatoes at performers. Why? Because tomatoes were too expensive to throw and not to use!

We then headed over to the Borough Market for lunch. We all got to explore, eat, and snack on some of the freshest food in the country. After filling up on food and feeling refreshed, we headed over to the offices of the Gift organization. It is a Jewish organization that provides food packages to families in need. We learned how difficult it can be for families and packed up some packages for those families in need. It was a very humbling experience.

Before Shabbat started we had some down time to rest and get ready. We took the tube to the Marble Arch Synagogue for services and dinner. Services were very lively with singing and clapping. Dinner was delicious and we got to meet the mayor of the Israeli city of Yerucham. During dinner he talked to us about how much we can accomplish even though we are young. We then walked back to the hotel and while it took us awhile to get there, we had a great time talking each other, seeing the sights, and bonding as a group.

On Saturday, we slept in a bit to catch up on our rest. We played some games and then did a special program called Cafe Talk, we rotated in smaller groups and discussed current issues and the Jewish connections to them.

After some interesting discussions we went to the British Museum, where we saw some of the most amazing remains from around the world.

We had a picnic lunch of sandwiches, apples, juice, and water. Once we finished, we had a walking tour for some sightseeing, like the London Bridge. We then had a traditional English dinner of fish ‘n’ chips. Boy, was it good!

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