Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hadrian's Wall...

I won't go into the historical significance of Hadrian's Wall. Go here if that's what you're in to. Instead, I'm going to talk about how gorgeous this place was, how many sheep there were, and how many Monty Python references I made that went completely unnoticed by the other Americans...

We rode the bus for about an hour, I napped on the way. We stepped out and saw this...
"Oohh Dennis! There's some lovely filth down here," I said in my best 'Monty Python guy who always plays a lady for some reason" impression. Silence. Awkward silence..:-/

We made our way up a long uphill path to the wall/barracks which was located at the top of a very steep muddy hill. Totally worth the effort to hear the American girls constantly complain about dirtying their Uggs...

On the way, we saw dozens and dozens of sheep roaming around...
These were just the peasant sheep, though, as we made our way up the hill, Ba, King of Sheep, appeared to us...
I immediately bowed down to the ground while chanting, "Baa-ram-ewe, baa-ram-ewe. To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true. Sheep be true. Baa-ram-ewe." Well, no I didn't, but you get the idea...

Next, we reached the top and admired the view...
It was really really nice. The wall was also cool, we got to walk around on top of it and look at what was left of the barracks...
Not much left, but to be fair, it is about 2,000 years old. After seeing the room that was deemed the public toilet, and the centurion's bedroom complete with heated floors, we walked along the top of the main wall for a while and admired the view some more...

I can't say enough how visually stunning this area was. There was nothing but an ancient stone wall for miles and miles. And sheep. Sheep were there, too...

On the way back, we stopped at the tourist food trap, where everybody except me bought a small bag of crisps for the equivalent of about $3. I learned from the last time and ate plenty of food before leaving...

While waiting for the bus, I took a few last minute pictures. There was a bird feeder, and it had attracted a whole bunch of birds I had never seen before. I was even able to get up close and take a really nice one of a pudgy little one sitting on a stone...

I don't know what it is about this picture, but it makes me really like photography. I'm thinking about taking some photography classes when I get back home. Future job prospects..?

Maybe...

-Matt

2 comments:

meloogal said...

THE ELUSIVE SHEEP KING.

He's...breathtaking.

Was there much rejoicing in the land?

cloverything said...

BABE!