A trip to Stonehenge
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I think there is a bit of a dreamer in every traveler. True travelers are driven to see new things and to try to understand the world around us. Stonehenge is one of the places that just calls out to travelers. It is a mystery that has fascinated my mind since I was a child. What exactly was it used for and who exactly built it? It's intruiging to think of the motivating factors for such ordinary people to build something so extraordinary. The amount of work that went into bringing the huge stones to that site is staggering. Even using modern equipment, Stonehenge would be something magnificent to see. The fact that the it's builders didn't have sophisticated tools to mine and shape the stones nor cranes to move them is mind blowing.
After leaving Wales, I decided to just spend a couple of days with my friend rather than heading to London like I had originally planned. I still want to see London, but I could not pass up the opportunity to stay with my friend's family and experience life in England through their eyes. They are stationed with the British military at Bulford Village which happens to be a short drive to Stonehenge. We went one afternoon to see it. It truely is an amazing place. You are provided with a handheld radio which serves as a personal tour guide around the monument. There are numbered signs in the ground which correspond to different sections on the radio. You are able to pause the tour and take it at your own pace. This gives you time to listen to what they are teaching and stop to soak up what you've learned. It was a cold, fall day when I went which seemed to add a dramatic flare to the day. It was easy to sit there on the wind blown hills and become lost in thought wondering about the mystery that is Stonehenge.