|New New York taxicabs: higher, shorter, and made by Ford|
The second guy driving me came from Yemen. He told me that he has three uncles in Germany living in Cologne, Hamburg, and Berlin and he is going to visit this summer. By then his Berlin uncle will have moved to Munich. I informed him that his uncles had chosen the four biggest cities in Germany to live in.
After having stepped off the cab I thought why are those Yemenis in Germany and what are they doing there? Had his uncles got political asylum, but was Yemen not one of those Schurkenstaaten (pariah countries)? Following some research on the Internet I found out that the US consider Yemen to be a Tier 3 country, i.e., the people there are trafficking persons with the Yemeni government not caring at all. In fact, the sea around the Horn of Africa is infested with pirates capturing ships and whole crews demanding for their liberation ransom from shipping companies and governments.
The third guy did not speak to me at all but driving with only one hand was talking nonstop into his mobile phone. I recognized many French words and thought his language might be Creole. When leaving the cab I asked him but he said that he was from Ghana.
The language he spoke made me curious. In the German Wikipedia I read: English is Ghana's official language but in Ghana more than eighty different languages are used such that most Ghanaians speak several of them. The government pushes French as an additional language such that since 2006 Ghana is an associated member of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. Do they need a second lingua franca or don't they like English? It was a pity that I could not ask my taxi driver those questions and above all test his personal language skills.
New York taxi drivers surely are cosmopolitan.