Going this time for a job interview to East Ilsley and will have few hours after it before taking the flight home. What to do?
My idea was to drive back to Stansted (yeah, it's the glorious Ryanair both ways) and take a short break in St. Albans to see the cathedral as such things are of my interest. The flight arrives at 8:00, I guess, sometimes between 10:30 and 11:00 I will be able to reach East Ilsley (driving from Stansed). Hope around 1:00 PM or so I will be free, driving to St. Albans would be probably an hour or so. The flight back is at 17:20, so I guess, I have to return the car by say, 16:20 - it's Enterprise, so the rental location is within the terminal, no need to take the shuttle.
Therefore having probably two free hours in St. Albans, hope enough for the cathedral and a sandwich.
1) Never was in UK really (only for transit) and never had interview with a UK company. What to expect (compared with the US) and what is the dress code? Luckily the company in questions has U.S. operations in CA so probably acting / dressing like in CA should be fine, but who knows....
2) Anything unisual to expect for drive between Stansted and E. Ilsley? According Viamichelin it's allmost freeway all the way and it's around 100 miles - so hope it's trivial, just never drove on the "wrong" side yet.
3) Is the plan with a brief stopover in St. Albans realistic?
4) Have GPS, "she" has some issues and was pretty annoying in MK and AL. After "she" asked me to drive straight into a bedroom of an Albanian villager and continue straight through his home and backyard till the car does not take a dip in Ohrid lake - my passenger (the most gentle soul on VT probably) told me: "kick in the leg that f**** b***ch", well-deserved comment. Just don't want to get surprises, my map in GPS is probably two year old - if there is no construction in the area it would be fine. The name of that gremlin is "Garmin", have Tommy Tom Tom (Tommy is not really a gentleman, he asked me in Bremenhaven to take a dip in the channel, straight before the customs clearing area. We landed up in totally wrong place (beyond the EU customs) and having U.S. plates was no fun there because you can ENTER - but not EXIT unless cleared. They made an exception ane Tommy did not say even "sorry" for that adventure. Since that time we retired him and got... that gremlin "b*ch" insted. :(
So hope, no issues with the road constructions in the area.
5) Never flew with Ryanair. Not much into flying - but need some experiences. All I heard, the baggage policies are pretty strict. Will have only carry-on with me, but what to expect and how to beat? I heard, some people put all the clothing on them just before check-in and carry EMPTY bottle. After the gate they go into restroom, pack the clothing and fill the bottle with water. Good idea?
That's probably it, wish me luck here, but hope will have more interviews (some in the States).