No..I am not talking about training..but about trains..the contraptions invented by humans to ride from one place to another.
Some ride on the train, some in the train. Nevertheless train is the common thing. Once upon a time there was a saying: you can set your watch according to the train schedule; also, they said that german trains and swiss ones are the most punctual.
Now, to get to my point...I don't want to bore you, my dear reader. German trains aka DB...are always late. Like, really really really late. I cannot say anything about the swiss ones..did not have the honor.
So, there I was going from Prague to Berlin. Easy does it. I will not get into the details of how we bought the tickets. Short version: three counters, started from 6000 crowns (czech) for two persons..to 3000 crowns (also two persons).
So, there I was at the central train station of Prague, running late, when the board showed me the truth: 140 minutes delay ..not my delay..the train's delay. I admit, it was coming from Hungary...nevertheless ..140 minutes. Ok..we said....let's have a coffee, a sandwich, and we will manage. In 5 minutes the delay increased to 150 minutes. Anyhow, after some time it went to 170 minutes. In between I developed a food poisoning, my friend tried on some pants, we died of the smell of a polecat (yes, it was alive), bought books etc etc..
Finally the train came. Where am I aiming with the story? The ticket controller said that if we have complaints, we should complain. So..170 minutes delay to go to Berlin, another 25-30 to get back to Prague. So I did a complain. Twice. I still expect the answer. I don't expect money or refunds or anything touchable. But at least an apology.
BUT ladies and gents, in here, as an expat or tourist, you will learn to wait. Forever. They say the communists are to blame. Damn communism. So, whenever you come to the Czech republic, don't take it personal. It's not personal. It's the communist way. Even with the people not born during the communist period :)
THIS IS NOT A COMPLAINT. This is reality. I will wait..I have all time. But YOU tourists, YOU expats. Really, don't take it personal. If the lady at the counter seems to hate you, if nobody answers, if they throw the food in your face..DON'T take it personal. It's a way of life...just adjust..you chose to be here..not them ;)