Machon recently returned from an exciting two day trip in and around Westport, Connecticut. We kicked off the trip with an edah viewing of the new documentary, Food Inc. The movie exposes the origins of our diets, shedding light on the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer. The movie significantly advanced our educational goals with regards to our take-home project. Since the movie contained so much useful information, we spent Wednesday evening decompressing the issues of the film and how they pertain to our everyday lives. Afterwards, we spent the remainder of the afternoon at the Westport aquarium, where the chanichim happily watched the seal feedings. In the evening we retreated to the home of one of our counselors, Dana Levy, who graciously hosted all 90 of us for a night of swimming, barbecue, and relaxation. In the morning, during our morning t'filot (prayers), we split into groups and discussed the impact of makom (place) on prayer experience, with many chanichim sharing personal prayer stories. In the afternoon, we transitioned into our rain plan, spending a couple hours at a laser tag and arcade complex. The chanichim most definitely enjoyed their time out of camp, but, as always, were excited to return to our home away from home for a wonderful Shabbat just around the corner.