There was an amusing episode when we have been walking along the centre of the city in Saturday evening. Streets were almost empty, it was getting dark and a few people could be hardly found around us when we turned home.
Suddenly a young woman came to us and started speak German trying to ask something.
We don't understand and speak German and as usual in such cases I tell "Speak English, please!" The woman tried to speak bad English - she asked where the railway station was. But after a few phrases I understand that she was a Russian speaking person. We laughed at each other because nobody was around us besides us - the three Russians in this German city.
Since then when anybody in Germany asks me about something in German I usually say "Speak English or speak Russian, please".
When walking along Zentrum of the city we found a very touching sculpture devoted to a Wuppertal-man who lived there long ago and used to sit at the square for a long time so that everybody knew him and he became a landmark of the city.
In memory of this local person (with no name) the simple bronze figure was erected on the place where he used to spend his time…