It may not have won a place in the New 7 Wonders of the World, but Stonehenge is a Wonder of the World in its own right, in ways more than one.
Having seen it only in photos and before seeing it in person, I admit I didn’t use to feel excited about it…until I came to England. Last year I decided I wanted to go and see it but going there by public transportation was not a good option, so I told my husband to drive me there half-jokingly. Then two weeks ago, my husband surprised me by saying we would go to Cornwall and stopped at Stonehenge on the way. Even if I was tied up with two birthday parties to attend to, writing assignments, and music theory course, I jumped at the idea without second thought, and forgot to tell my piano student that I was going to be away! Knowing my husband, I might not get offered again, so forget about everything else.
The trip was to be about four and a half hours, but due to the nice flow of traffic, we were going to arrive earlier than expected. (Well, that’s what we thought and hoped for.) When, finally, I spotted the town sign from a distance, I readied my camera. We were driving at a minimum speed of 40mph and was lucky enough to capture it in all its glory, heightening my excitement even more, every inch of the way, because we’re nearly there! I don’t know my camera that well yet and was really lucky to have the right setting at the right moment. The satnav indicated we would be there in eleven minutes. That was until the road became heavily congested and we were literally inching our way. The 11 minutes turned into 20, then 40, 60, 80, 100, 2 hours! The traffic report on the radio kept saying “traffic towards Stonehenge is stationery”. We were starting to fidget in our seats. Our prebooked ticket said it was only valid at the date and time indicated. Everyone was getting impatient, especially the driver.
More than 2 hours later, the traffic eased up and the gear went up to the fourth. Few minutes later we caught sight of the Stonehenge and thought, “We didn’t have to pay a ticket to see it! Did we get ripped off?” Then again, my ever loyal camera captured the above image as we sped past it, to get closer to it. I didn’t expect it to be so huge! The stones were massive! People were dwarfed by them.
Seeing it closely, I thought to myself, “So if they are this huge, how in the world did those ancient people arrange them? What kind of technology did they use?” I was stupefied! I really wish it won a place in the New 7 Wonders of the World. Nevertheless, the Stonehenge is no doubt one of the Wonders of the World, and I think they should not limit it to only seven because there are hundreds of them.
Oh, by the way, the advantage of buying the ticket in advance was that we didn’t have to queue up. As it was HOT, everybody decided to go to Stonehenge on that day causing traffic jam and a long queue in the ticket booth. Another thing is that the prebooked ticket is valid on that day regardless of what time you arrive there.