Our ultimate destination in Poland was a wedding in Trzcianka. As Americans, neither of us is able to pronounce the t-r-z-c combination, nor the name of the first city on our Germany-to-Poland drive, Wroclaw (how to pronounce Wroclaw). We read it as "rock" + "claw" which soon morphed into a nickname, "Rock Lobster". Upon hearing this, Darcie's dad reminded us that Poland and Sweden had once been at war, which was settled when Sweden got rights to all vowels and Poland got all of the consonants.
On our way to Poland to attend the wedding of Dale's friend David and his fiancee Dominika, we flew to Berlin and spent a few days here before continuing to Poland.
Our flight from JFK to Berlin was only 7 hours but felt longer after watching The Avengers Endgame on the flight. Passage through immigration was so fast and painless it felt criminal. Because we were driving to Poland, Hertz limited our car choices to economy, manual options. Hence, we drove a Ford Kuga (apparently it only dates younger models?) to our first hotel in Alexanderplatz in East Berlin. At least it wasn't a Trabant, the infamous East German car.