Etgar 36

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Day 13-Grand Canyon-by Seth Hochman

Posted on July 12, 2014

Today was a pretty relaxed day. We started off by waking up around 8AM and then boarding the bus to roll out for the Grand Canyon at 9AM. We had a decently lengthy ride to the park, but it was definitely worth it. We stopped for lunch when we reached the glorious North Rim, where Continue Reading »

Day 12-Zion National Park-by Rachel Kaufman

Posted on July 11, 2014

Today began with an early morning in Salt Lake City, Utah. We woke up, packed our bags, and headed to Zion National Park. The drive through Utah was breathtaking, with massive, uninhabited mountains and wide open roads all around us. After catching up on a bit of sleep, we watched a powerful documentary called Food, Continue Reading »

Day 11-Salt Lake City-by Adam Lightman

Posted on July 10, 2014

Last night we finally had the long-awaited overnight bus ride from Boulder, CO to Salt Lake City, UT. The counselors had been telling us that this would be one of the better nights of sleep of the entire trip. It actually wasn’t a horrible time sleeping on the bus because it was dead silent the Continue Reading »

Day 10-Boulder-by Zavi Feldstein

Posted on July 9, 2014

Our morning began in full swing with a passionate debate about the raising of the minimum wage. As a working teenage, it was fascinating to learn about the perspectives on the issue, as I discovered why the minimum wage exists, and what states actually abide by the standard set by the federal government. It was Continue Reading »

Day 9-Denver and Colorado Springs-by Jordan Sitomer

Posted on July 8, 2014

After sleeping in until 8:30, we ate breakfast, and then we hopped on the bus to downtown Denver for a meeting with Rebecca Yount, the Outreach and Publicity coordinator for Ten Thousand Villages of Denver. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit gift shop that carries fair trade goods from artisans in more than 30 countries. Continue Reading »

Day 8-Denver-by Samson Pollak

Posted on July 7, 2014

Today started off with us “getting the hell out of Dodge” City at 8AM, which, I must tell you, is not the prettiest sight. After a long bus ride, we finally arrived at the Food Bank of the Rockies, our first stop in Colorado. We were greeted there by Buck, one of the workers at Continue Reading »

Day 7-Dodge City-by Zack Zand

Posted on July 6, 2014

To start off the day, Kiki led a discussion about the environment. During this talk, we discussed current issues such as global warming, pollution, and sources of energy. This will get us ready for when we meet with both climate change deniers and the Sierra Club. When the conversation concluded, a bunch of us sat Continue Reading »

Day 6-Oklahoma City-by Max Marcovitch

Posted on July 5, 2014

For me, today epitomized the Etgar 36 experience as a whole. In going from the most somber of emotions to joking around with friends in mere hours, I have learned to expect the twists and turns that come with this journey. The first thing we did today was have a “framing” discussion on the heated Continue Reading »

Day 5-Dallas-by Evan Simon

Posted on July 4, 2014

Yesterday we had our first meeting about a real life issue in the United States. In the morning we got on the bus at 7:00 to go to Dallas. Our first stop was at an LBGT temple in Dallas to use a meeting room for our upcoming discussion with the Pro Life group. This was the same Continue Reading »

Day 4-Memphis and Little Rock-by Justin Baronoff

Posted on July 3, 2014

Today was a great adventure! We began in Memphis for a second day, visiting Elvis’ mansion Graceland. The whole place was very exciting. My favorite part of the house was Elvis’ racquetball room, where he would hang out and play games. This is where Elvis’ costumes, records, and awards were shown, which was both amusing Continue Reading »