Above: In Frankfurt, along the river Main.
Right: First night in Wetzlar at a wine bar along the river Lahn near the town center.
We drove into Frankfurt on the Autobahn, which is something I've always wanted to do. Justine only drove 160 km/hour though, which was probably for the best as we encountered a major multi-vehicle accident which caused a huge traffic jam!
I'm going to be spending the next week in Wetzlar, Germany with Justine who teaches ESL at a grades 5 - 10 school.
She's been incredibly kind and caring... always worrying about keeping me busy. I think she forgot that I've successfully kept myself amused through three cities in Europe! She welcomed me to her home with a homemade traditional Polish chocolate cake...friends for life!
I'm not going to tell you much about her yet... haven't really decided how I want to go about introducing her. I just know I want to do something special!
Above: At an open air music festival near Wetzler.
Right: Atop a tower lookout over Frankfurt.
I also got to meet Justine's son Sammy and her friend Armin.
Sammy is a great kid - the opening the door for others, carrying stuff for elders - kind of kid. Awesomely polite and very cool. I plan to do an interview with him soon.
Armin took me to see the Bear and the Bull in front of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. He's an Apple freak and googles as much as I do...we're going to get along great.
He also wanted me to try Applewine - a traditional drink, which I very much enjoyed.
Apparently he also drives much faster than Justine on the Autobahn!
He lives in a house that was built in 1704. Amazing place, full of stairs and nooks and crannies - all off-center and crooked. It has a cool garden surrounded by ancient stone walls. Incredible place, full of character.