I tell you, depending on the S-Bahn in Berlin these days is a curse. Not if it weren’t running on 50% of its normal capacity due to wrecked trains, lack of staff, funding or god knows what are the reasons for this chaos since forever, but not even those few trains get you anywhere. Running on time no one expects in earnest any more. They brought out a contingency time-table a couple of months back by which for example lines which usually run in a four minute interval during rush hours were reduced to a ten minute window. A couple of days back this was replaced by one emergency time – table, same trains now operating on a twenty minute scedule. One would – and I insist one also can – expect those few trains to arrive on time. Won’t you agree? But no. After all, it’s winter. So why not have the few trains left not work, either. I don’t even want to start to sum up the money I have spent on cabs in order to get to work on time. And the time I waisted waiting, mostly at arctic temperatures on windy platforms, crammed in with thousands of NOT so cheery folks. I am a patient and understanding person. So I took all their changes of scedule into my stride, adapting my own time scedule. Doubling the time needed to get to work. It is not enough, I was forced to learn. But who am I to complain? Some of the lines are shut down all together. At least I depend one lines that are – on paper – still on. So why not listen to a band called “I like trains”. Here’s their song Twenty Five Sins from the album Elegies to lessons learnt. Quote a line from this song: “This town is burning down.” By the way: this week, the ticket prices have been increased by ten percent. That at least they managed to implement on time.