Odd Jobs: The Grill Walker

Travel Interviews: David Farley meets a guy in Berlin who sells sausages from a grill strapped to his body

06.22.09 | 10:41 AM ET

Meet Martin. He sells sausages from a grill strapped to his body on the streets of Berlin. When I found him he was standing in the shadow of the city’s Death Star-like TV tower on Alexanderplatz, the Socialist-inspired square in the erstwhile East Berlin.

World Hum: What’s your job title?

Martin: I am a grill walker.

How long have you been a grill walker?

Four weeks.

How many hours do you work per day?

Eleven.

How many sausages do you sell per day?

Sometimes 300.

Are there any hazards to your job?

I’ve burned myself. See [holds up his hand to reveal a one-inch burn mark on his wrist].

Besides getting burned, what’s the worst part of your job?

The weight of this grill strapped to me. It’s 35 kilos.

Wow, that’s heavy. What’s the best part of your job?

I get to interact with people.

And you get free sausages, I imagine. How many do you eat a day?

I usually eat three.

How do you recommend one eats a sausage?

Definitely with mustard. It’s really tasty.

Why do Germans love sausages so much?

That’s simple: It’s because they’re delicious.


David Farley

David Farley is the author of An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town and co-editor of Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic: True Stories. Hes a contributing writer at AFAR magazine and his writing appears in the New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, and Gadling.com, among other publications. He teaches writing at New York University.


3 Comments for Odd Jobs: The Grill Walker

Ramon 06.22.09 | 12:54 PM ET

Where can I apply for that job in my hometown?

Grilling Companion 06.23.09 | 8:19 AM ET

Wow, that is certainly different approach to street vending.  I love his answer to why Germans love sausages, duh…

Tomasz 07.06.09 | 11:03 AM ET

Hello!
Where can I buy a grill and how much it costs
Yours.

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