Ask any English person if they’ve been to Stonehenge and 9 out of 10 times, they’ll tell you that they “driven by it”. Fair enough. Even amongst travelers, we’ll fly half way around the world to some grand monument, walk across a big red bridge or eat an exotic delicacy, but we’ll neglect some of the amazing offerings right in our own backyard. My confession? Canada was the 38th country I visited. That’s right, I’ve been to Fiji twice and have only just had a doughnut from Tim Hortons this past year when I finally crossed the border to our north.
You can say that Stonehenge is just a pile of rocks. And in a way it is. For the £8 that you’re paying to “enter”, you’re not seeing that much more than what you’d see from the roadway. There’s even a little chain around the stones so you can’t even get that close. But that’s no excuse not to make at least a quick stop and spend 30 minutes staring at this ancient mystery and wonder. This “pile of rocks” has been standing there for over 5000 years. It has survived nature and time as a link to our past. It’s incredible to think how our the builders were even able to transport and erect such a large structure with the limited tools they had during that time. Even to this day, there are still mysteries and secrets waiting to be shared with the modern world.
I didn’t have any epiphanies nor did the experience exceed my expectations. But I’m glad I came. It was the first stop on my 7 month around the world trip. Looking back, it represented all the places that were waiting for me on my adventures and all the places that I’ve yet to make my way to.
Here’s two of my English friends accompanying me and actually seeing Stonehenge up close for the first time.