what are alex and his grandfather searching for on the journey?
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Alex and his grandfather are researching Jonathon's granfather's history and trying to find his shtetl (the small town where he lived). They only have a few maps to find the town, and although Alex's grandfather is along on the trip (and driving) he claims to be blind.
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