For years, I’ve come to Germany every fall or so to practice German, and one of my favorite “first things” is to reacquaint myself with public transportation. It’s part of learning the culture. In Berlin, light rail, subway, streetcars (trams), buses and even ferries are coordinated by an association of the transit-system owners. To the end-user, it’s seamless. I bought one monthly pass and can use any of the transit options as much as I want.
It pays to wait for the green, even if the streets are clear of cars. It’s against the law to jaywalk here. It’s called being inattentive as a pedestrian in street traffic (I won’t bore you with the German). Germans on the street frown at violators, especially if there are children present. You’re supposed to set a good example. If the law catches you, it can be a fine of €5-€10. On the spot.
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