Etgar 36

Day 31-Philadelphia and Washington D.C.-by Toby Spokes

Today was a normal Etgar day in Philadelphia, where wake-up was at 8:00AM to kick-start the day. We got on the bus and headed right into the heart of Philly. The first thing we did was go to the National Constitution Center, which celebrated both the document and the fact that it was composed down the street from the museum. They started with a very powerful presentation about the power of “We The People.”  We then toured the exhibits they had about the constitution.

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Afterwards, we went to go see where Benjamin Franklin was buried. We also walked to a memorial monument to Yoni Netanyahu. He was the brother of the current Prime Minister of Israel. Billy told us the story of how he died on July 4, 1976 when he led the Israeli soldiers on a daring rescue of the Israeli and Jewish people who were being held hostage in Uganda. Their flight had been hijacked and taken to Entebee.

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Time flew by so fast that when we were done at the burial site it was already lunchtime. So we walked a couple blocks down the road to Reading Terminal Market. This is an open market which is very well known for its variety of great food options.  The food varied from doughnuts to BBQ to salad, and so much more.

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After exploring the market and eating lunch, we traveled back into the Old City to visit the Liberty Bell.

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After that, we sat down near some trees on Independence Mall and had a chat about the Israeli-Hamas issue in the Middle East.  Robin led that discussion and helped us prepare for our meetings about the issue in Washington D.C.  After that, we drove over to the art museum, where some of us hopped off the bus to run up the stairs like in the movie Rocky and take pictures with the Rocky statue close by.

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We then got on the bus to go to Washington D.C. We stopped at a place called National Harbor for the evening, where we grabbed dinner and had free time.  Billy brought us to “The Awakening,” which was a large sculpture in sand that we played on for a bit.  Then Billy took us to a huge hotel called the Gaylord. There, Sam led a discussion about the legalization of marijuana.

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The night ended with a bus trip to our hotel in Fairfax, Virginia, where we rested up in anticipation for a big day in Washington D.C. tomorrow.

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