Last week we spent a little time in the Japanese Gardens in Kaiserslautern. It's a serene little getaway in the middle of a busy city. (Yes, K-town is a city to me. Remember I'm from a tiny little town in AR!) After walking inside the gates, I instantly felt more calm and relaxed. Id been feeling a little frustrated over the inprocessing events (long lines, complicated answers, etc.), so this was a much needed break. J told me to find my zen. Here in the gardens, it was easy to do so.
The entry fee was about 3 euros per person, and well worth it. They have a cute little cafe near the back of the gardens with plenty of places to sit and admire along the way. Coming from the US, it is difficult to get into the European relaxed and unhurried lifestyle. They definitely move at a different pace here and we are trying to adjust, to take time, and to slow down. It's all too easy to get caught up in the PCS craziness around here. Spending a little time in these gardens helped me regain my center.