Jamie, The Family's, 18 year old first born has left for his gap year. Even I, male used to a son travelling the world, was a bit on the choked side as Jamie got on the plane for his first unaccompanied flight via Auckland, Los Angeles and London Heathrow to Edinburgh before going on to Switzerland for the winter's skiing season (working) and then China to do a course learning Chinese.
The last hour had not been without drama when a problem with the visa waiver for the USA transit was discovered but with the help of the wonderful Air New Zealand staff at Napier Airport all was sorted in time for the first leg of the flight.
|That's Jamie in the blue T-shirt|
|Poor light through a plate glass window at 30x is my excuse for the poor quality|
|Ready for the off|