Central Europe Discovery: Ready to Begin

Greetings  from Bus A

We arrived in Prague tired, but excited to take on our first Central European stop. The abnormally hot Czech day didn’t stop us from climbing the Eiffel Tower on Petrin Hill that overlooked the entire city. We then continued to the famous castle and the Golden Lane, home to colorful shops and rich history. That evening, we went to sleep quickly – all worn out from jet lag. The next day, we woke up all energized to walk all around Prague. We began in the Jewish Quarter and went to four different historical synagogues. 

Ben S., Lithia, FL, said his favorite part of the day was going to the Old New Synagogue – the oldest synagogue in Europe. Everyone also enjoyed the Pinkas Synagogue which serves as the Prague Holocaust Memorial. We took a long time reading names of those we lost to the Shoah and looking at drawings made by Jewish children before they went to the camps.

Our afternoon consisted of viewing the Old Town and the New Town and learning about famous Prague citizens including Franz Kafka. The town squares housed some funny characters including a gold painted man and a giant polar bear. This was Jake G., Minnetonka, MN, favorite part of the day – especially the silly photo he got with Mr. Polar Bear.

We ended our tours at the John Lennon graffiti wall which was the highlight of the day for everyone. Shelby C., San Mateo, CA, mentioned that she loved being able to spray paint on the wall and actually take part in the famous site. 

We also discussed how important the wall was for freedom of speech and expression during the communist period. Sadie E., San Mateo, CA, noticed “Free Hong Kong 7.1.19” on the wall and asked the meaning, so we were able to fit in some current events as well. Off to Budapest tomorrow! 

Greetings from Central Europe Bus B

The teens hopped off the plane yesterday and began their journey to the “Eiffel Tower of Prague.” From there, we went to the largest castle in the world, ”The Prague Castle.” After a long day of traveling and sight seeing, the teens had a full day of meeting new people and a glimpse of a beautiful city. 

Day 2, the teens were refreshed and energized! We began the day with the Shehecheyanu because we celebrated the opportunity we have to embark on such an incredible journey together. We spent the day exploring Prague! One of the highlights was expressing their freedom of speech by spray painting on The John Lennon Wall! Just in a blink of an eye, we are leaving Prague- a city that exceeded our expectations and are heading to Budapest tomorrow morning!  

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