For class today: Bath. Why? Don’t get too grossed out, but I haven’t taken a shower in a week and after hearing all of my classmates’ complaints about my smell, John decided that only the Roman Baths in Bath could cure me and we had to do it on a weekday.

Okay, I’m kidding about the showering, but today we had a class field trip to two major sites: Bath and Stonehenge. In Bath, we went on a self-guided tour of the Roman Baths, famous for its, well, Roman baths. Can’t quite explain the trip on text, since you need to be there to take in the sights and smells (I did get a whiff of some sort of stench somewhere, but it was only one area, I think) but we were told that the water in the baths hasn’t been disturbed (i.e., sanitized) since it was last used (that’s why the water is a green, mouldy colour). So if you see kids near the edges of the pool of green, keep your eye on them (parents will be so ever grateful, trust me). But would I recommend going in and taking a tour? Definitely, even if you’re not a Roman history buff (like me). We then made a trip to the Fashion Museum afterwards and oh my goodness, I never felt such a deep appreciation for those in costume design until then. The amount of detail, creativity, and care each costume had; I was very humbled. And you can definitely imagine my jump of pleasant joy when I saw on display costumes from Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility film (see ‘Lost in Austen’ for more info on my obsession (scholarly) interest in Austen). We didn’t have an incredible amount of time to dwell in the Fashion Museum but is it worth scheduling into your trip to Bath? Yes. Yes. Yes. (There’s something for everyone, unless you really don’t care for fashion).

 

Next on the itinerary was Stonehenge and let me say, Stonehenge Rocks.

Again, describing the visit with text cannot encompass what it’s like to actually walk around Stonehenge’s perimeter, but there is definitely something about Stonehenge that makes you curious to know why it even exists. Although I’m still scratching my head about the mystery behind its story, I’m really glad I took the time to learn as much as I could about Stonehenge during the self-guided tour. One of the major things I took away was the fact that Thomas Hardy, author of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, drew inspiration from Stonehenge to create the backdrop of one of his settings. Hardy describes Stonehenge with such poetic prose that had I never heard of Stonehenge before, I would want to find out what it is and where it is too. For many, Stonehenge is just a bunch of rocks, but for a few, if not some, Stonehenge serves as a portal to realms of imagination.         

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