The gray skies and looming clouds didn’t stop us from making the two hour trek from Kaiserslautern to visit my Aunt (the mother of the cousins we visited in Berlin) in Wetzlar. Once we got there, a warmth washed over us. My Aunt and her mother prepared a comforting meal of goulash, dumplings, red cabbage, and cheesecake. The last time I saw my Aunt was ten years ago so we had a lot of catching up to do. The girls played in the backyard, which is part of the Kindergarten my Aunt runs.
After a walk through a nearby forest area, we ventured toward the middle of town. We strolled along cobblestone streets, passing an outdoor theater, locations that inspired Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, and let the girls run wild for a bit at several playgrounds. For all the photography enthusiasts out there, Wetzlar has a pretty cool Leica monument. And of course, we stopped for ice cream.
I can’t really explain it, but our day in Wetzlar was unlike any other experience on our trip. It was almost like being at home, but not.
And I loved every minute of it.
Photos by Marcus Hoapili and Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili