Friday, February 1, 2008
The one flaw we have found in Germany's spotless transportation sytem (ok- besides the poor customer service) is the strikes. This is the third strike since we have been here & while they are only moderaty inconvient they are weird. First, they announce the start AND stop date of the strike, there is some last min.- are they or aren't they?, and then they run limited transport from (this time) midnight Fri- 3pm Sat. Odd.
Last night Ian & I went to Museuminsel which is free from 6- 10 on thursdays. When we took the tram home around 10 the conductor was driving like a madman. Are they excited to have a day & 1/2 off? Do results actually happen from these bizarre stand-offs? Supposedly if they don't get what they want they will hold a strike with an indefinite end point, but why are they striking so frequently if the issues are resolved?
We are still big fans of transportation here, but this a mystery even the native Germans seem to have trouble explaining.