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Trip Report Another Trip of Discovery of Feminine Charm with DW and DD the Younger

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I mentioned on other threads that I was emotionally and intellectually preparing for this trip.

The physical preparation is also now in full swing (meaning it has its ups and downs) and the financial preparation is a procrastinator's nightmare.

DD is now with us from Chicago since Friday, provoking a 20 person chaotic family dinner at our house as usual. DW's pop of 86 to DD the older's SIL's and my nephew's 18 months boys, not all appearing in the customary family photograph.

DD the younger asked for Turkish fare, so we had Circasian chicken, Fava, Steam Kebap (small pieces of lamb wrapped in thin slices of fried eggplant,) two types of pilav, borek, my fusion blackeyed peas, cabbage and grape leave wraps and "Asure" pronounced ashourae, for dessert.

In between all the hullabaloo, I managed to put together three files for our Schengen visa applications, ownership papers, car papers, hotel reservation, IDs, passport, photograph (mine and DD's excellent if not a full liking, DW's reflecting some inner misery)

Will go to deliver files and be fingerprinted, like the culprits we evidently are, tomorrow morning and then visit the Grand Bazaar and streets below for a supposedly inpromptu visit, totally unapproved by me.

We expect to fly to Leipzig with THY in 8 days, spend one night there and drive to Prague for three nights. I checked for an interesting small town on the way back for our fifth and final night and not finding anything, decided to honour Handel, this time, and spend that night in Halle.

Hopefully, this will give us short periods at leipzig, Dresden and Halle and two full days in Prague.

We shall be taking Kafka with us and hope to acquire Bach, Handel and the various beers as well as the suckling pig, cabbage and dumplings on the trip.

So far, the diplomatic relations between the female contingent are quite amicable with no intermediation. I do not know if this is the calm before the storm or the start of a long and serene period in their lives.

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