Every year there are four points in our Wheel of the Year when the sun and heaven are in perfect balance. On these days, the druids and pagans would travel to the Ancient Wonder of the World, the Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, to watch the sunrise. On 21st March 2019, we went on a tour to watch the Spring Equinox take place at these neolithic monuments.
The hardest thing about this tour was waking up at 2:30 AM, to meet the tour guide at 3:00 AM in Central London. We were under-dressed too. We did not realise how cold it was going to be in the rural areas of England. I was wearing only two tops with my white Zara jacket and I felt like I was going to freeze (although that could have been because of the lack of sleep).
It was a 1.5 hour long bus ride and then we had to walk 20 mins to the Stonehenge. Along the walk, we saw a lot of parked cars/vans of the druids and pagans who had camped their the night before. We arrived at the Stonehenge at 4:45 AM to witness the sunrise.
The benefit of this tour was not only witnessing the druids and pagans in their ceremony, but touching the stones to soak in the "good luck" for the year. Trust me, I rubbed my hand over every stone I could.
Is the luck real? Well, Mick was able to get through Heathrow Airport from New Cross Gate, process his VAT and check his luggage in with no queues and no issues so... 🤷 If you've ever travelled around London or had to process VAT at any EU airport, you would understand that there was some mighty power helping Mick that day LOL.
The Stonehenge is a World Heritage Site, built in 3,000 B.C. Then in 2,500 B.C, the prehistoric monuments were put upright in a stone circle during the late Neolithic period where many burial mounds were built nearby. It was absolutely fascinating seeing these stones up close because we were wondering, how in the world did people lift these stones to stand upright 5,000 years ago?!? They are like 3 metres in height. How???
Another interesting thing about this event was seeing the druids and pagans worship the stones. Some were playing instruments, some were drinking a specific home-made brew, and some were smoking weed (yeah, the cold, thin morning air had a thick cloud of marijuana floating over it 😂).
It was a very peaceful event. People were respectful. There was no shoving or being obnoxious to get their photo for their instagrams. People were just chilling - and I wished all the places we travelled to in Europe could have this vibe too. Here are some pictures of the druids and pagans caught in their moment of spirituality.
After 2.5 hours of roaming the area, we hopped back on the bus and headed back to London. We were beyond exhausted at that point and poor Mick had his flight back to Sydney at 10 PM that night - why we agreed to this, I have no idea.
Overall, we loved the experience. It was truly a unique and once-in-a-lifetime moment. If you're travelling to London, and want to see Bath and Stonehenge, try to coordinate your holiday with the Equinox to soak in some good luck.
Thanks for the adventure, Mitch and Yuka ❤️