#14 Europe Chapter 2 : Bus Problem in Munich

I was less than 24 hr in Munich. Actually, i kind of avoid Germany on this trip, but at the end i visited Munich and Nuremberg. I have a friend studying in Nuremberg, I haven’t seen her for quite a long time. We were not really that close, when she was still in Surabaya. But since she moved to germany, we talked more on FB. Weird isn’t it? Hahaha! Anyway, when i planed my trip, i know i would need to pass Germany, unless i would like to take a plane, and i won’t. So, why not visiting her in Nuremberg!

I took a train from Hallstatt – Austria to Munich – Germany. From Munich, i would take a bus ride to Nuremberg. From Nuremberg, another bus ride to Brussels – Belgium. The bus was damn cheap! From Munich to Nurember was EUR 5, while Nuremberg to Brussels was EUR 9. Of course, it cost a lot compare to bus ride in my cheap-home-country-Indonesia. But…… the  bus was better a lot. Unlike buses in Indonesia that ugly and almost fell apart, bus in western europe are in perfect shape. Every passenger got a proper seat, with fix seat number. They would make proper stop along the way. They drive safely, so we don’t need to pray along the way. And they are supposed to be on time, or at least consider as one. Well….. wait till my story end…..  Flixbus apparently become the biggest bus company in western europe now. They bought smaller bus companies, add more bus, and more lines. Friend of mine keep on telling me that Flixbus kind of doing monopoly, and it is illegal, actually. It price also amazingly cheap……. and it is kind of illegal as well, said him. I think he have been adopt the western mind lately. As an Indonesian, i’m still thinking that the cheaper the better! hahaha!

I got 1 text message from Flixbus when i was in Munich, a day before my departure schedule. It was written in Deutch (what elase), it shows some number, i just don’t understand. The next early morning, i walked to the bus station, i was 1 hour early from my departed time. Once i got there, i tried to figure out how the system works, and where to wait for my bus, and i kind of find it.

After sometimes, i asked bus crew about my bus. He said, my bus was canceled (WHAT??) and it have replaced. I showed him the text i got on my phone. He said, it was written that i got replacement bus, the number was written on the text as well (GREAT!) The replacement bus was there on front of me, and it would leave about 15 min later than my original bus.  Oh yeaaaahh!! That’s transport management, in Germany level!!

BUT!!!….. here come the but.

When i was about to jumped to the bus, the crew bus just rejected me! I showed him the text, and my original ticket. He just don’t care. He told me to go to office to sort things out (FUCK!) So, i went to the office, across the bus park. It was small office with small rather unorganized counter. There were some customer there, while behind the counter, there was only 1 guy!! Fuck and fuck!! After i got my talking turn, i told him my problem. He said, my bus was delayed for 3 hr. I could wait if i want to. BAD option! The other option is, i need to go to the ticket office up stair, ask for refund, or another bus that leave earlier. Another BAD option!!

My english was not good, neither did that guy in the counter, i believe! But it just could not stopped myself from yelling and rumbling about this horrible situation. “I came from developed country! I’m used to this kind of shit. But i’m in Germany now! I was not expecting this situation from Germany!!”

I didn’t really know, if my anger had really moved him. Or he simply just realized he has another option. He make sure that i need to go to Nuremberg, grabbed my ticket, and rushed toward a bus. I followed him instantly. He scribbled on my ticket, handed it to the bus crew, and told him i need to go to Nuremberg.

That’s it….. I get a bus, 30 min later from my original bus………

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