Hello, 2016!

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We've just said good­bye to 2015 and here we are, ready for an­other great year of ex­plo­ration and dis­cov­er­ies in this mag­nif­i­cent city. Here are three of my res­o­lu­tions for the new year. 1. Eat more (and bet­ter) chocolate: Cold weather should never again trans­late into "mis­er­able mood." On the con­trary, it is the per­fect ex­cuse to pay a visit to Win­ter­feldtschoko­laden (Goltzstr. 23, www. win­ter­feldt-schoko­laden.de) and or­der a cup of thick hot chocolate, or pe­ruse the wooden shelves of this for­mer phar­macy for co­coabased de­lights that will sat­isfy my ad­dic­tion. 2. Re­lax: We all need a bit of pam­per­ing, and af­ter giv­ing spa vouch­ers to my friends for their birth­days last year, it's time I tried out Va­bali (www.va­bali.de), the Ba­li­nese spa in Wed­ding. With its in­ter­con­nected pools, its many dif­fer­ent saunas, and the myr­iad treat­ment op­tions, it sounds like a big theme park for lovers of a good pam­per­ing. 3. Im­prove my history knowl­edge: And Berlin is just the right place to do that. This year I plan to visit the Plötzensee prison and me­mo­rial, where the Nazis ex­e­cuted more than 2800 po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents and mem­bers of the re­sis­tance. On a sim­i­larly ter­ri­fy­ing note, I also want to visit the WWII bunker in Rein­hardt­straße. This win­dow­less and (I can imag­ine) slightly claus­tro­pho­bic cube served as a fruit stor­age fa­cil­ity dur­ing the GDR era and was a techno club in the 1990s, but since 2008 it has been trans­formed into a con­tem­po­rary art gallery (www.samm­lung-boros.de) by ec­cen­tric art col­lec­tor Chris­tian Boros, who also cre­ated his pent­house atop the bunker, com­plete with a gar­den. SOLVEIG STEIN­HARDT ED­I­TOR, WHERE BERLIN

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