Last night we went to a party in Rohrbach. We checked the schedule and found that a 23 tram, run by the local transportation gurus RNV, went there from the Bismarckplatz very frequently, so we figured this would be a pretty easy trip. (The route of the 23 as shown on the map and on schedules is from the Bismarckplatz to Leimen.) So, we went over to the Bismarckplatz to wait.
We missed the first scheduled 23 because we were still trying to get a ticket out of the machine, which would take neither a card nor cash. Basically it was unusable, but it didn't say so until you got to the payment screen. Very annoying.
The second 23 scheduled said "Stadtbuecherei/Betriebshof" on it as a destination instead of Rohrbach/Leimen. But, it's a 23, right? No sign, schedule, or map anywhere ever says the 23 goes anywhere but Leimen. And it's scheduled to go there. So it should. So, we figured those were just on the way and got on. Then we found out that the train actually wasn't going to Leimen at all. We got back off. So did at least 20 other people who had also been fooled. We all waited for the next scheduled 23.
When it came, it again said "Stadtbuecherei/Betriebshof" on it. Maybe it's just a mistake, we thought. How can two scheduled trains in a row not go to their intended destinations and leave us all standing here like idiots? We got on and tried to make our way to the front to ask the driver if the train was going to Rohrbach. Before we could make it that far, the doors closed and we took off. Then we found out it wasn't going to Rohrbach either. Luckily we could continue to wait for our train at the next stop. We and quite a few people got off there to wait for a real 23.
Finally it came, after about 40 minutes of waiting. The real 23, going to Leimen.
We enjoyed the party and a few of us took a look at the schedule to go back to the Bismarckplatz at the end of the night. It looked like it came every 30 mintues. Scheduled 23s. Doing the 23 route. The route of the 23 on all schedules is between Leimen and the Bismarckplatz. NO OTHER ROUTE IS LISTED OR SHOWN ON ANY SCHEDULE, MAP, OR SIGN. So of course this train, coming only every half hour, is going to take us where all schedules, maps, and signs tell us it's going to take us, right?
It took us to the freaking Hauptbahnhof instead, where we had to wait 20 minutes for a barf-smelling Moonliner to take us to the Bismarckplatz.
RNV, what is your deal, eh? You have a tram called the 23. It has a route. Why doesn't it go this route, 3 times out of the 5 that we tried? Why is there no note, ever, anywhere, that you might just take some other route and leave us high and dry? Are you just screwing with the routes so you can go park your tram/bus/whatever at the Betriebshof? Then these routes should not be scheduled as regular!! You can't say a train's coming at 12:54 to take us to the Bismarckplatz, and then just not go there!!
In other news, we're about to go on a little trip that requires dress clothes. We finally had to buy an ironing board after 9 months ...actually more than that now, 11 months of never needing one. And we'll probably go another 11 months without needing one. Unfortunately for us, the cheapest ironing board available at Woolworth (closest place, we have no car) was 30 EURO. God, the world hates those without money.