Category: Taxi Drivers of Berlin

Taxi! (Berlin): Nurhan

Of all the taxi drivers in Berlin that I have had the privilege of driving around town with, Nurhan was the first female taxi driver. Don’t get me wrong, there are several hundred female taxi drivers in Berlin, I just never had the opportunity to be sent one.  Her friendliness and lovely sense of humour

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Taxi! (Berlin): Serkan

If I wrote about each and every taxi driver in Berlin that I encounter, I would end up with several volumes of books. Not all of them have an interesting story though, and some are not even that friendly or interested in carrying out a conversation. Others, like Serkan, are absolutely fascinating. Born and raised

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Taxi! (Berlin): Kiyani

Born in Iran, Kiyani’s dream was to study medicine or engineering and have a flourishing career. Sadly, he was drafted into the army and sent to the front. After witnessing the horrors of war for two years and the death of many a friend and platoon member, Kiyani himself was injured and discharged from the

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Taxi! (Berlin): Memu

At first I couldn’t place his accent, but then as the conversation began, I completely understood: born in Lebanon, Memu arrived in Germany 40 years ago by fluke. When he finished High School in Beirut, he had every intention to study medicine, but was hesitant because of the length of the course. His sister, who

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Taxi! (Berlin): Frank

The first thing that struck me about Frank when I got into his taxi was the absence of a GPS. Up until that point I had assumed that an electronic navigation system was a requirement for all taxi drivers here in Germany. When I gave him the address of my destination, Frank immediately pulled out

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Taxi! (Berlin): Murat

Thanks to an endless number of car crashes, a demonstration and traffic jams around Berlin, my bus never arrived and I was utterly exhausted. So it was that I came to meet Murat and listened to his story. This Palestinian driver spent most of his childhood running from bombs, bullets and death threats and was

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