Wuppertal, Germany

After Pina Bausch, Wuppertal is probablyIMG_6024 known for its unique tram, the Schwebebahn. This suspension railway with hanging cars runs mostly over the river Wupper for about 13 km. It opened in 1901, but it has been modernized and now carries up to 82,000 passengers every day. Our tickets to the dance performance included public transportation to and from the Opera House, so we went out on the Schwebebahn, along with half of the city, it seemed. (We came back on the bus. It led right to our hotel.)

Wuppertal (meaning Wupper Valley) was and is an industrial city where aspirin was developed and the textile industry still produces goods, along with other industries for electronics, rubber, printing equipment, among others.

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If we’d had more time before the show, we would have wandered over to the sculpture garden, one of the scenes in the Pina movie.

Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas (the alma mater of my parents) has an exchange program with the Bergische-Universität-Gesamthochschule-Wuppertal, and one of my cousins spent a year on this program.

Not a huge tourist destination, we only managed to stay part of one day in this city.

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