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Another weird Zurich tram experience.

I only use the trams in Zurich once a week or so and when I do (thanks to the invaluable advice given here from you lot) I'm always on the look out for spiteful drivers, vindictive inspectors and rude, and generally crazy, native fellow passengers.

This afternoon was no different as I found myself on the 13 tram heading east to the HB, my head down in a magazine trying hard not to make eye contact with the local nutters. I was engrossed in an article as we were slowing into a stop when the robot voice came over the PA system announcing that the next stop was the Shilquay HB stop. "Bloody Hell!" I thought, "That was quick!".

I shoved my magazine into my case and looking out the window, behind raised from the seat, realised we were only just arriving at the Design Museum (the stop before).....

The PA system then came on with a human voice, the lady driver of the tram. She was actually trying to stifle a giggle as she apologised profusely and explained that we were indeed at the Design Museum and her system had thrown a "wobbler" (not sure what German word she used for this, but that was her general meaning I'm sure).

At that point it got really weird. Some of the other passengers also started giggling and laughing. As I looked around, some even made eye contact with me and smiled. Thinking on my feet, I kept a stony face.... "if I smile back, this guy might actually slap me...." but his smile was so genuine, so infectious, I couldn't help it. I smiled at and with him and the rest of the passengers in the tram.

So what the hell is going on with this city? Is it the sunny weather? Friday afternoon? Or is everyone on drugs all of a sudden?

Or could it be the advice given here on EF to me, for me to be on the look out for crazy and nasty locals is some elaborate practical joke of which I am only now just "getting". Please, come clean!
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Old 17.06.2011, 16:42
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Re: Another weird Zurich tram experience.

My policy when stuff like that happens is to enjoy it, but don't get used to it.
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Old 17.06.2011, 16:43
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Re: Another weird Zurich tram experience.

The clue is in the tram number...
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Re: Another weird Zurich tram experience.

Another clue is that t'was you.
You seem to have a homing beacon on you that switches on as soon as you are in transit and attracts all crazy/weird/silly stuff.
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Old 17.06.2011, 16:48
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I only use the trams in Zurich once a week or so and when I do (thanks to the invaluable advice given here from you lot) I'm always on the look out for spiteful drivers, vindictive inspectors and rude, and generally crazy, native fellow passengers.

This afternoon was no different as I found myself on the 13 tram heading east to the HB, my head down in a magazine trying hard not to make eye contact with the local nutters. I was engrossed in an article as we were slowing into a stop when the robot voice came over the PA system announcing that the next stop was the Shilquay HB stop. "Bloody Hell!" I thought, "That was quick!".

I shoved my magazine into my case and looking out the window, behind raised from the seat, realised we were only just arriving at the Design Museum (the stop before).....

The PA system then came on with a human voice, the lady driver of the tram. She was actually trying to stifle a giggle as she apologised profusely and explained that we were indeed at the Design Museum and her system had thrown a "wobbler" (not sure what German word she used for this, but that was her general meaning I'm sure).

At that point it got really weird. Some of the other passengers also started giggling and laughing. As I looked around, some even made eye contact with me and smiled. Thinking on my feet, I kept a stony face.... "if I smile back, this guy might actually slap me...." but his smile was so genuine, so infectious, I couldn't help it. I smiled at and with him and the rest of the passengers in the tram.

So what the hell is going on with this city? Is it the sunny weather? Friday afternoon? Or is everyone on drugs all of a sudden?

Or could it be the advice given here on EF to me, for me to be on the look out for crazy and nasty locals is some elaborate practical joke of which I am only now just "getting". Please, come clean!
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Old 17.06.2011, 16:50
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Another clue is that t'was you.
You seem to have a homing beacon on you that switches on as soon as you are in transit and attracts all crazy/weird/silly stuff.
With the face he has on his profil picture, can you seriously be surprised?
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Old 17.06.2011, 16:56
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Re: Another weird Zurich tram experience.

She actually said that the faulty stop announcer machine might make the tram unpunctual.

What you witnessed was nervous laughter. Fortunately you alighted during the awkard silence before the tears, wailing and checking of watches.
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With the face he has on his profil picture, can you seriously be surprised?
Reading about the things that he has witnessed, and that face, I am totally surprised.
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Old 17.06.2011, 16:57
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So what the hell is going on with this city? Is it the sunny weather? Friday afternoon? Or is everyone on drugs all of a sudden?
Surely tis the smell of organic farmhouse Stilton?
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Another clue is that t'was you.
You seem to have a homing beacon on you that switches on as soon as you are in transit and attracts all crazy/weird/silly stuff.
This is indeed a strange city. To me i was told this is a cold human nature and no dancing.
Since i am alone here i go to bars and i smile and i dance.
The problem: girls go crazy and i have to recuse invite to go in her homes. I am not single anymore.
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Old 17.06.2011, 17:01
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The problem: girls go crazy and i have to recuse invite to go in her homes. I am not single anymore.
To quote Chandler...

Oh, I know, this must be so hard. "Oh no, two women love me. They're both gorgeous and sexy. My wallet's too small for my fifties AND MY DIAMOND SHOES ARE TOO TIGHT."
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Old 17.06.2011, 17:02
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Re: Another weird Zurich tram experience.

i had something with the trains the other day.

i was on the platform waiting for the train with several other passengers and then the time ticked to the minute that the train was meant to leave.

hmm. late again, i thought. but then there was an announcement that the platform had changed.

we all then sprinted to the new platform and got to the train waiting there, but the doors were locked. after 20 seconds of futility, the train departed and left us there.

i learned some choice swiss german words that day!
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Re: Another weird Zurich tram experience.

What a nasty way to start the weekend, I really feel for you
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Old 17.06.2011, 17:21
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Re: Another weird Zurich tram experience.

Did you have toilet paper hanging out of your flies?
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Did you have toilet paper hanging out of your flies?
Flies? How many does he have?
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Re: Another weird Zurich tram experience.

Maybe the Tram operator said secretly in German to smile and laugh at the Englishman with the cheese.
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Old 17.06.2011, 21:12
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Re: Another weird Zurich tram experience.

its Zurich Pride this weekend...mystery solved
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Old 17.06.2011, 21:23
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Re: Another weird Zurich tram experience.

Why surprised anyway! One cannot generalize as there are good people and nuts It's like anywhere else in the world you come across either of the above. That's the way cookie crumbles; sometimes you are nicely spoilt sometimes you are mistreated. Be it a tram or in the office. Ups and downs one time you pay a bloody fine and no excuses there, the other time the polite tram driver keeps the door open for you from miles away... Good example here: rude tram experience in basel

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Re: Another weird Zurich tram experience.

Obviously a tram full of furrinners. After several years on EF, I can't figure out another explanation.
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Obviously a tram full of furrinners. After several years on EF, I can't figure out another explanation.
yes there is..... Grumpy was considered a native
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