As a compulsive explorer, I have a tendency to rush to a new place as soon as I hear about it. Which is usually fine, unless you get the season entirely wrong. So when I first heard of the Thaiwiese, an area in Preußenpark ( Wilmersdorf ) where Thai families meet, cook their delicious foods, and sell it, I immediately took an U-Bahn to Fehrbelliner Platz, only to realize that this event takes place only in the summer, and only in good weather – not on frosty December mornings. So this year I decided to turn my “to-see” list into a more seasonal affair, vowing not to visit any of the springtime sites if the trees are not yet entirely green. Now that summer is around the corner, the time has come for me to get out and start crossing some of these places off my list, and I would like to share them with you: One place I have grown particularly curious about is the Naturpark Südgelände, a tangle of once-busy railway tracks abandoned more than 50 years ago. This was enough time to allow a whole forest to grow back on the tracks themselves, showing how quickly and powerfully nature wins back its spaces but also providing fabulous photo opportunities. Also on my list are the Tierpark zoo, which I want to see again, this time in its leafy version; the Pfaueninsel, an idyllic island on lake Wannsee inhabited by free-roaming peacocks; and a strawberry-picking excursion, as suggested by Annabelle Mallia on p. 48. The sunshine also inspires me to go shopping, either on the Ku’damm, with its good mix of high-end and high-street shops (p. 12), or in Prenzlauer Berg, which is also a great spot for a pleasant coffee break in the sun. Enjoy your stay!