I wasn't laughing at an exchange student, I was laughing at Melbourne, its public transport and (thinking into the future here) people on internet boards who whould defend Melbourne and its public transport.
The 'very specific timetable gripe' was in fact a reflection on the WHOLE ATTITUDE to public transport in Melbourne, then and now. That it is only a welfare case, provided for people with no other options. The poor and destitute. Everyone else would drive.
Which is NOT how Germans (like this exchange student) would feel about it, whether their nearest beach is only a patch of Lake Constance or the chilly Baltic.
They might drive, after all, they make Mercs, Beemers, Audis, Volks and so on (unlike us) so they clearly aren't anti-motor vehicle. But they also have trains - in fact they make these too, and they make the equipment that makes railways - the signalling, the track, the electrification, all of it.
These Germans aren't stupid people, but I know which nationality IS, and they are the ones who think you wouldn't run public transport to the beach on a Sunday morning, because, you know, people like us drive.
Yeah but we won the war...