Tegel to Alexanderplatz, 27 January 2015, 26 euros.

He was born outside Accra and went to study in London and moved to Frankfurt and ended up driving a taxi in Berlin.

I get into the front seat of his yellow Mercedes and he is pleased when we switch into English because he doesn’t get the chance to talk it much because his wife and kids still live in Seven Sisters and he sees them not at all.

a short trip is better than no trip at all

He drives from eight till eight and sleeps well when he is not at work which is on and off and here and there. He gets an average of one fare an hour and can queue for hours in some spots and then get the shortest trip but even a short trip is better than no trip at all. 

Often late at night around the Häckischer Markt he gets flagged down by street walkers who say they will go down on him for as little as twenty euros but he says he is not interested because sex is not something you should pay for and any way they will only pretend to enjoy it to make him feel happy and men are such fools.

He says some girls only do it to earn enough money to put down the deposit on a flat and it’s not as if they are doing it to feed a drug habit or something.

He likes it in Berlin because it is a big city and he can disappear in it and even in winter when it freezes over hard it still feels like home.

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