I have done many things in my time here in London. I have seen Big Ben, the London Eye, Parliament, I have even seen Harry Potter Studios, and that is just to name a few things. For me, traveling is not something that I like to do very often, hence why I have typically stayed in the London area during my time here. However, there was one event that, when I saw it as available, I knew I had to do it. So, come April first, I was on a bus to Stonehenge.
Now, while Stonehenge is not one of the seven wonders of the world, the structure has its fair share of fame. The amount of lore and myth that surrounds this strange structure makes the pyramids look like it is made out of Legos. It has been speculated to have been constructed by aliens, cultists bent on opening a portal to another plain of existence, heck, there is even a theory revolving around Bigfoot creating this structure for some unknown, and most likely nefarious, purpose. Regardless of the lore, I felt obligated to at least see this structure for myself.
Getting up at six in the morning in order to catch a train to take me to the bus stop was rather brutal, especially as I have not had to get up before nine the entire time I have been here, but it felt like a small price to pay. The four hour trip to the actual site with over thirty other study abroad students and an incredibly small onboard toilet, not so much. At least I was able to get at least a few more hours of sleep before we got there.
By the time we got there, the sun was high in the air, casting its light down on the stone pillars. When we got to the structures, it was oddly quiet. There were dozens upon dozens of other denizens there, but hardly anyone uttered a sound. It was as if we were compelled to be silent and respectful in the presence on this strange monolith of ancient design. That being said, while Stonehenge is truly an impressive sight, I felt slightly underwhelmed.
I really do not know what I was expecting (maybe some interdimensional portal that led to another world), but it was just a structure. Do not get me wrong, it was an incredible sigh and I am glad that I got the chance to see it, but it felt like it did not live up to all the hype surrounding it, especially with all of the memorabilia in the gift shop. However, despite this, I found the experience rather enjoyable. No, I did not see aliens or any of the other mythical things that Stonehenge is associated with, but I still got to see an incredible sight and I think that is just as good.