After that we had half an hour to finish up the soup and warm it up for our lunch meeting with Menno and his wife. His door was already open when we arrived. They were waiting for us. He thought that we will only leave the soup there for them to eat it so it came as a nice surprise that we would actually spend this lunch together. His wife immediately asked for their nicest table cloth. We helped to prepare the table and cut some bread. We got to know that they are married for 60 years and just recently had a party. Menno is taking a lot of care about his wife who is partially paralyzed and can not hear well. She told us though that when they are people here, like us she often falls out of the discourse simply because she can not hear. Despite her condition, she is lovely woman. Smiling and taking part in her own limited way. At the end of the lunch, we asked feedback, since Menno was a lifetime cook. He said, it was delicious but a bit spicy and the vegetables were not cut small enough for them. We had a nice time and we left each other happily.
Later on we went to the kitchen to ask Jan, the chef cook, if we can use the oven to make ouf cake for the event. That we can use the oven but he even gave a special cake recipe which he explained to us with care. It was his way to be present with us in the event, since he could not attend, due to a museum visit in Den Haag with his wife (Thursday is always his free day)
Today is the big day. We know we are going to be up on our feet from early morning to late night. We know that we have no control over a lot of things but throughout the years, we learned to cope with this. So our stress level is not too bad.
In the morning we did a general run through with Jamila and we know we fit in with the one and half hour time limit we gave to ourselves. We are happy about that because time can be a bitch. In the afternoon we shopped for all the food and drinks needed, then we prepared the cake and all the texts. Since the event will be in dutch we made sure that everything is translated as well in english for our non dutch speaker audience member. They would then receive an english printed version in order to follow the event. On the last minutes we took 5 minutes to come to our room to dress up and transform into the hosts.