16. History

This one is sort of generic, but I was just watching The Tudors this evening and was fascinated by the scenes of Anne Boleyn in the Tower of London. When we were there, we were constantly amazed at the age of the things we were viewing. The majority of the Tudor period was in the 1500s, and some of the buildings in the Tower were almost a thousand years old.

We had the same awestruck feeling when we were in Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. People have been walking through the doors and gates for years, and will continue to do so.

Coming from the States, where our buildings are a couple hundred years old at best, it was mind-boggling to constantly be surrounded by history. I’m grateful for my high school English teachers for providing the background for some of the works we read, because not only did it help me appreciate the literature at that time, but it helped me appreciate my surroundings in my travels over 20 years later.