TIME TO CEL­E­BRATE!

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS -

Where Ber­lin is turn­ing one this month, and to cel­e­brate our first birth­day we would like to in­tro­duce you to our ex­tended team: be­cause it's not just us writ­ers and ed­i­tors who cre­ate the mag­a­zine ev­ery month. There’s a whole crowd of peo­ple who help pro­duce and dis­trib­ute Where and its prod­ucts, as well as give us tips on any­thing from club­bing and mu­sic to sports and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. They are the peo­ple that keep us in­formed on what’s go­ing on in the city.

The Where ed­i­to­rial of­fice is housed in­side the big Di­namix ware­house in Schöneberg, where more than 30 peo­ple sort the hun­dreds of pro­mo­tional post­cards and fly­ers for cul­tural events that end up in the dis­play units you find in al­most ev­ery restau­rant and ho­tel in Ber­lin. Ev­ery day, while writ­ing our ar­ti­cles and dis­cussing ed­i­to­rial plans, we get to ob­serve all the ac­tion out­side, stay­ing con­nected to the big, lively city we write about.

The ex­perts we have on hand in­clude our trainee Catha­rina, who com­poses songs and knows where to go for the best jazz. Ru­mor has it that Aimée, one of our dis­trib­u­tors, is a real singer, some say even bet­ter than Bey­once: her fa­vorite place is the Alte Kan­tine (www.alte-kan­tine.de) “for the good vibes and the good choice of mu­sic.” Our in­stru­ment and con­cert ex­pert, Mike, who works as a courier, be­lieves ev­ery­one should spend an evening at Mag­net Club at least once for the great bands who play there. Chris­tian, our pub­lisher, is an avid col­lec­tor of con­duc­tors' au­to­graphs and a real ex­pert in post-Beethoven clas­si­cal mu­sic. Christoph goes danc­ing at Tre­sor for au­then­tic Ber­lin techno, while stock per­son Se­bas­tian prefers the hip hop and reg­gae scenes and rec­om­mends places like Eis­club (www.eis­club.de) and Bo­han­non (www.bo­han­non.de). De­liv­ery co­or­di­na­tor Anja doesn't re­ally like clubs but she is a pre­cious source of in­for­ma­tion when it comes to cine­mas. What I love about the team is that it re­flects the char­ac­ter of Ber­lin it­self: in­ter­na­tional, young, and lively. Viet­namese food is a com­mon fa­vorite, but lots of peo­ple, like dis­trib­u­tor Ker­stin, love Rus­sian places like Datscha (www.cafe-datscha.de) in Friedrichshain.

Then there are bi­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts like Annabelle, who wrote The Hill of Change (p. 14), mas­ter­ful gar­den­ers like our staff writer Hilda and like Dodo, our op­er­a­tions manager; sports lovers like vol­ley­ball player Em­i­lie, who works in dis­tri­bu­tion to­gether with French food ex­pert Alex; skilled bak­ers like Bernd ( Where Ber­lin's sales manager), and na­ture fans like courier Jan, who en­joys sail­ing around Ber­lin's lakes and rivers. Serene, our in­tern, a great city ex­plorer and the lat­est ad­di­tion to our ed­i­to­rial team, al­ways comes back with valu­able in­for­ma­tion about aban­doned GDR spots, Soviet memo­ri­als, and eth­nic mar­kets, and as for me... well, I am into the se­crets of West Ber­lin, Cold War spy sto­ries, and pi­ano mu­sic, but what I love most is lis­ten­ing to what every­body else in the team has to say about this won­der­ful city.

Have a great stay!

SOLVEIG STEIN­HARDT EDI­TOR, WHERE BER­LIN

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