The day after the 10th anniversary of the Unleashing of Transition Town Totnes (has it really been that long?), I hopped on a succession of trains to head for Wuppertal, a city in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. Home to 350,000 people, it is sometimes called the ‘Manchester of Germany’, with its history of coal and steel, and later cloth production and other industries. Today there is less industry, although according to Wikipedia, “Wuppertal still is a major industrial centre, being home to industries such as textiles, metallurgy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, automobiles, rubber, vehicles and printing equipment”. And also a huge Beyer factory, the Beyer who are currently trying to buy Monsanto (why would you?), as well as home of Aspirin and the vacuum cleaner. And an amazing ‘floating tram’ (see video below). And lots of rather impressive sustainability stuff too.