15 May '15, 10am

Where a Lebenskünstler Eats Falafel #Berlin #food #drivinghungry

Where a Lebenskünstler Eats Falafel #Berlin #food #drivinghungry

Matthias moved to West Berlin, to Kreuzberg, in the mid-1980s — but he’s still not sure you can call him a Berliner. It isn’t the first time I’ve run across this sort of modesty among Germans: I’ve met people who’ve lived here ten, twenty, thirty years who tell me they still don’t know whether they’ve earned the right to call themselves Berliners. (As for me, having moved here for four years ago, I wouldn’t dream of calling myself a Berlinerin.) But in Matthias’ case, I think his modesty about his provenance mostly has to do with his circumstances: he only lives in Berlin six months of the year, driving a taxi six days a week. In winter, he flies south, either to Thailand or to the Philippines, where he works as a deep-sea diving instructor and a guide, which he used to do in Egypt, on the Red Sea, until the terrorism wave in the late 1990s scared away the tourists. When I...

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