With Love And Friend­ship

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Ah, love! The feel­ing that has in­spired hu­mans ever since the be­gin­ning of time takes cen­ter stage each Fe­bru­ary, with can­dlelit din­ners and sweet noth­ings whis­pered in each other's ears while watch­ing a ro­man­tic movie or a sweep­ing view from a rooftop. St. Valen­tine, the Chris­tian priest be­headed by Ro­man sol­diers on 14 Fe­bru­ary 273 for con­tin­u­ing to wed cou­ples de­spite a mar­riage ban, has given the world a day to cel­e­brate love with cards, choco­lates, and flow­ers, and us at Where a good ex­cuse to write about our fa­vorite places for ro­mance in Ber­lin (p. 10). But Valen­tine's Day is not just for lovers. It is also a day to stop and think of what C.S. Lewis de­fined as "the hap­pi­est and most fully hu­man of all loves": friend­ship. To me, it is a com­bi­na­tion of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing, en­cour­age­ment and re­spect, shared in­ti­macy, se­crets, and life-en­hanc­ing mo­ments. It is the re­la­tion­ship that most in­ten­si­fies the qual­ity of our ex­is­tence, and the ba­sis for any good-qual­ity ro­man­tic part­ner­ship des­tined to last. So let's take the time to think of our clos­est friends and let them know how we feel about them. Whether we send them a card, a Ber­lin sou­venir, or just an email, let's not for­get to cul­ti­vate the most valu­able affini­ties of our lives.

Happy Valen­tine's Day! SOLVEIG STEIN­HARDT EDITOR, WHERE BER­LIN

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