Monday, June 30, 2008
Safe Arrival to Europe
The first post from the trip leaders...
We are in Prague!
What a beautiful city! We look forward to exploring the town later this evening.
The teens arrived today and after collecting their luggage they boarded our NFTY chartered buses and traveled the Olympik Hotel in Prague. We gathered together for a group orientation and some ice breakers for group members to get to know each other and their staff. Everyone checked into their rooms for some time to shower and relax, before continuing with group activities.
We are scheduled to leave for the center of Prague for a relaxing evening out that will include a short walking tour and dinner in the magnificent Old Town Square, famous for its medieval old town clock tower, cafés and restaurants.
We will return back to the hotel to get a good night sleep before leaving tomorrow for a full day of touring in Prague. We will visit the old Jewish Quarter of the city that holds within it some amazing stories and sites of the thriving Jewish community that lived here before the Holocaust. From there we will cross the river and up the hill to the king's palace, to visit the castle and cathedral to understand the connections between the Jews and the local population of Prague.
Our participants seem tired but very excited to be here in Prague and even more excited about the days to come. We are proud to be here with them and to looking forward to leading them through Czech Republic and Poland as we journey through our people's history here in central Europe.