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Back to my Hadrian’s wall hike: here’s a photo from after it started to rain (NB: The wall to the right is not actually Hadrian’s wall, it is just a random wall that was built on the same path. Everything to the right of the wall was the wilderness for the Romans, and everything to the left was civilization. The border today is further north than this. The entire hike is a pretty magical experience that I recommend for all of you. The way I did it, from Chesters to Housesteads, we started out pretty flat, going through hours and hours of pastures. There was a shrine to Mithras about halfway through, and then we got into the hills. On the top of the hills, you could see far into the misty distance. It was really amazing.


Remember how I went to Chesters Roman Fort? Well, it has a cool history. It was actually originally a Roman Fort, and later turned into a town. There’s a museum with all of the pieces from the excavation as well. It’s pretty amazing. I highly recommend visiting it and all of the other sites if you end up visiting England. The tour guide there, Neil, was incredibly animated and friendly as well.


I didn’t only go to Roman Britain to visit Vindolanda, however. I also hiked a bit of Hadrian’s Wall (not much, but a day’s hike). We went from Chesters Roman Fort (more on this later) to Housesteads Roman Fort (if any of you are planning to visit England, ask about the overseas visitor pass). It was a long hike that took us on the line of where Hadrian’s Wall once was. There were actually some ruins that we saw as well. We could, however, see the ditch that was in front of the wall for almost the entire time. Unfortunately, it took us enough time to walk to Housesteads that it was closed by the time we got there. We were planning to get a taxi back, but luckily a family was arriving back to their cottage near us and they gave us a lift.


Yes, this is actually what I did over my "summer". I visited a multitude of sites in Roman Britain. Among them, I visited Vindolanda, the site of a Roman fort. Those of you who have completed CLC Unit 3 will know what it is, but for others who don't know, it is the site of 12 Roman forts, wooden and stone. It is an abundant source of wooden writing tablets and shoes, a rare look into the life of people on the frontier. Because I visited in the summer, I actually got to see archeologists (volunteers) working at the dig. Any of you who are 16 can sign up, but it fills up pretty fast (like 20 mins) after sign ups begin. Learn more here: Vindolanda Trust.