Thursday, 10 February 2011
First time she's flown anywhere by herself.
Meet Uschi Niklas, my mate Christoph's wife.
She retired from her job at the University clinic in Mainz 2 weeks ago and almost immediately said "I think I'll go and see Stephan and Áine and the grandkids"
Who live in Ireland.
I got roped into working out which airline was cheapest (Lufthansa marginally more expensive than Ryanair, but quality beats naffness any day), booking the flights on my credit card and checking her in on-line last night.
Took her to the airport - she wanted to be there 2 hours before departure - and all we had to do was to drop her bag, show her how the check-in kiosk works (for next time...) and buy her a coffee, so she had a good 90 minutes to find the gate.
And of course it's a surprise, so only Áine (aka chauffeur service) knows about it.
Would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when she fronted up...