About my book

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An Estonian who used to work as a taxi driver in Finland has written a book about his real on-the-job experiences. Paul V. Speed’s first book „Real life in Finland: Funny and astonishing stories by a local cabbie. Part Oneincludes about 100 real stories, most of which took place late at night in the Helsinki and Espoo areas during his shifts. Estonia and Finland are linguistic and cultural cousins and have a love-hate relationship. Now foreign readers can also be entertained by the stories.

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This is the first and only work about real life in Finland written by a local taxi driver. The book reveals the true face of Finland and Finnish national character as seen through the eyes of a foreign cabbie. The author shows that Finland is more than its popular image of calm and stoic race car drivers and hot saunas in beautiful woodland landscapes. Indeed, Finns come in all types – ranging from calm and funny to wild and furious. The author’s descriptions of nightlife in Finland are a particular treat. The book contains appearances by other nationalities as well. Part One and Two contain tales about other nationalities – Estonians, Russians, Swedish, Americans, Germans, Jamaicans, Thais and others. The stories vary from pleasant encounters to unpleasant and dangerous episodes.

The book includes many photos and maps, doubles as a phrasebook, and includes over 90 references about different people and places in Finland. The book is not recommended for aesthetes and persons under the age of 18!


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My younger brother called me on an evening in January and asked me if I would like to go work as a taxi driver in Finland.

At first I didn’t know what to say because I had never thought of myself as a taxi driver. I told him that I needed to think for a bit because I was already working in the construction business.

A couple weeks passed by. I contacted the owner and manager of the taxi company directly. I informed him that I had to turn down his proposal this time. I decided to stay in the construction business. The owner understood and took my announcement really calmly. He wished me good luck and told me that if I ever needed a job. I could turn to him.

Another 6 months passed by.

The project on my construction job had ended and I went on a holiday. I wasalso waiting for the next construction project. It was postponed several times. A couple of months had gone by from my last project. I was considering the proposal I had gotten from the taxi company.

I got in touch with the owner again. The gentleman, who had been working in the taxi business for about 30 years, was glad I contacted him. He promised he would arrange a training program for me and later hire me to his company. I was happy to still have an opportunity to get a job in the taxi business. Furthermore, I was already imagining myself driving a nice and expensive car, carrying around polite Finns. I envisioned that the job would just be fun, that I would meet cheerful people and earn money easily.

But you can read what really happened in my book “Real life in Finland. Part One”.



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The Part One of the full-lengthReal life  in Finland” is available on Amazon!


TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART ONE

FROM THE BEGINNING. WHAT IS TRUE, WHAT ISN’T?
Briefly about the book

BEGINNER’S SLIP-UPS
Stories that happened during the time I had started and wasn’t familiar with the area, the routes and the technology in the taxi

COMEDIANS AND COMICAL FARES
Stories about comic drives and/or comical citizens

ARROGANT OR JUST STUPID?
Stories about customers who were arrogant or stupid

SHIT-FACED CLOWNS
Comical and less-comical stories about very drunk people

FUNKY SENIORS
Comical and not so comical stories about annoying or weird older people

ADVENTURES WITH YOUNGSTERS
More interesting cases that happened with the younger people of Finland

A COUPLE OF STORIES USHERING IN PART TWO OF THE BOOK

APPENDIX

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO FINLAND
Size, number of inhabitants, bigger cities
Official languages, climate, main export articles
Major cities in southern Finland
Finnish taxis, ordering taxis and taxi culture

WHICH IS IT – VIRO OR ESTONIA?
Viro or Estonia – which one is right?

SOME USEFUL PHRASES IN FINNISH

 

PART TWO

SEX, DRUGS, GUNS AND PSYCHOPATHS
Stories with sex, prostitutes, drugs, guns and aggressive people

IT’S GOOD TO BE AN ESTONIAN
Pleasant and unpleasant stories involving Estonians

PLEASANT AND UPLIFTING MOMENTS
Delightful drives with fun people that made me as well as the customer happy

STORIES FROM AND WITH COLLEAGUES
Incidents told to me by colleagues

HOLIDAYS
Some of the more interesting adventures that happened on holidays

APPENDIX

MORE USEFUL PHRASES IN FINNISH


P. S. All photos and text are the property of the author and the use of them commercely without the written consent of the author is strictly forbidden.

P. P. S. The stories in this book are mainly my own experiences or fantasies with taxi driving. Everything described here might not comply with the experience of other taxi drivers in any way.

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