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

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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.

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Taxi! (Firenze): Giovanni

This interview was a bit more challenging, first of all because I conducted it in Italian, second, the old city of Florence is tiny, so there wasn't much time for a lengthy conversation.

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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 some sort of electronic navigation system  was a requirement for all taxi drivers here in Germany.

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Taxi! (Berlin): Salman

I will call him Salman because for once, I didn't take notes during the drive and failed to write the blog about him right away, so four days later, I have no clue what his name is anymore.

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Taxi! (Berlin): Murat

This Palestinian driver spent most of his childhood running from bombs, bullets and death threats and was born in a refugee camp in Lebanon. His parents settled down in the new host country and tried to make the most of their new life.

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Taxi! (Berlin): Hakan

There are days when I know immediately whether a taxi ride is going to be unusual or extraordinary. The drive with Hakan was worth every superlative I could think of that day

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Taxi! (Berlin): Johann

The moment I met Johann, I knew he was not a native Berliner in any which way. You can take a Bavarian out of Bavaria, but you can never change the accent.

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Taxi! (Berlin): Lutfi

Sudden storms or long rainy days are always an excuse to grab a cab, and I do so in the hope that I will land another interesting story. Such was the story of Lutfi that I discovered last week

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Taxi! (Berlin): Serkan

I first met Serkan at the train station upon returning from one of my trips with Champagne. He was in line at the taxi stand and was highly amused at the cat backpack and the cat herself.

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