Like RC, this is an extended weekend for me. I am off today getting ready to head back to campus for another football weekend.
Ok, enough with the "where's waldo" hints/challenges. Ya'll are way too busy to spend time figuring out where I am bedding down at night.
With all of the audits we do throughout the year, I control the process and have the opportunity to pick and chose the ones I will conduct, so I will try to arrange audits to meet my plans. Hong Kong was an incredible new experience to go to a county where I have never been. The Philippines was another one as well. Within the last year, I've traveled to Belgium, The Netherlands, China, and the Philippines, so I should be happy for now. A new company showed up on our radar a few weeks ago that requires an audit. While the design center is in Austin, the factory is actually in a small town in Wales (United Kingdom), so that translated into somebody getting on another long flight overseas. Since I've been doing most of the international trips of late, my boss was willing to take this one, but I selflessly volunteered for the road trip. Given a chance to go back to London and revisit some of the places I missed on my last brief trek, I thought: "Hell yea". Besides, if I can work out another opportunity to meet up with the Romantic Rock Chef, who am I to turn down that deal? RC and I are working out the details so I am hoping to spend a bit more time to meet with him for lunch and a pint. Perhaps we may even talk about certain bloggers.
This trip is turning into a grand adventure. The audit will actually consume 2 days but getting there and back can eat up a few more. Given the timing to fly there and back, I put in for a few vacation days to allow me to explore London properly. Since I am doing part of this on my own dime, I have been looking at options for lodging. Most hotels in central London are obscenely expensive so I am exploring other options. I found a really interesting Bed & Breakfast for a really reasonable price located near downtown. I've scoped them out via TripAdvisor and I am really jazzed to see if what I have read is true. Should serve as an excellent base camp for the expedition. The real trick for me will be to figure out the Tube/train system, but I do love a challenge.