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Friday, March 4, 2016

Sephardic Heritage Trip to Spain 2016/5776: Day 4

We started off our first day in Gibraltar with a deluxe breakfast. Following breakfast, we went down to tour Gibraltar and learn about the culture and history of this Spanglish speaking commonwealth. We traveled through rocks and tunnels and learned about the artificially made water falls that provide water to the ~2 mile long country. 
We stopped at Europa point to see the short distance between Gibraltar in Europe and Morocco in Africa. We learned about the strategic value of Gibraltar and how controlling it gives you control to the Mediterranean Sea. We travelled to the Jewish cemetery and marveled at how Jews in Gibraltar slowly developed their community. We then went to visit caves that are used as concert halls. 
Thereafter, we interacted with the large monkey species on the mountain. We arrived back at the hotel and had 6 hours of free time to get ready for Shabbat. We are looking forward to an excellent Shabbat with the Jewish community of Gibraltar. ~Merle Dweck and Michelle Harari