Berlin, and its Marathon

In September 2010 I went to Berlin, a city I had learned so much about but wasn't sure about actually going there.  My friend's boyfriend was running the Berlin Marathon (42km!) and so I tagged along and took in what turned out to be one of my favourite places in Europe (so far).  The amount of history there was overwhelming and it was prominently displayed everywhere, from the Berlin Wall memorials to bullet holes in statues in the park.  Berlin was more beautiful than I could have imagined, and I hope to visit again in the near future.