2019-Apr-27: After a quick afternoon snack at a restaurant nestled in Einstein's favorite rose garden, I hurried once again, to squeeze-in a bit of shopping time, before it was time to head back to the hotel. Today was a Saturday, and so, both local tourists and families were out on the town. At the foot of the Rosengarten was (what I later on found out from Wolfgang to be) a "Seifenkistenrennen", or a "soapbox race". Wolfgang explained that it has been a tradition in Germany and here in Switzerland as well, for children and their parents to build a soapbox car together, which they would then use to race against other cars. He explained that he built one with his own parents as well, when he was a child.
I was lucky enough to catch the race as it was just beginning. I had never see anything like this in my life before. Especially when set against the backdrop of European architecture, I started to recall some of those children's storybooks that I grew up with, and the types of activities that these books portrayed, which registered in my mind as some examples of what Westerners would consider to be forms of community building or typical family activities. Although eventually, soapbox racing found its way to the Philippines as a result of American occupation, its origins are still uniquely European. - 6 hours ago