Taxi! (Berlin): Bedar

I am not really sure where to start when it comes to telling the woeful tale of Bedar. He hasn't been a taxi driver in Berlin for long, six years tops he says.

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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

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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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