A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
In the morning, I said good bye for a while to my close friend and walked to the Five Swans. I felt slightly dizzy due to the lack of sleep. Nevertheless, there was a main big event to track Hadrian’s Wall. I sat on the chair and waited for several minutes. Some of my group showed interest to my private schedule last night. I only replied my close friend and me had long chats all night.
Near 9.00am, my party walked to the entrance of the University of Newcastle. There was a mini van waiting for us. The captain of this tracking was Ian who was working at the Department of Archaeology at Newcastle University. Around 9.20am, my former housemates arrived. I had left my stuff in the house and I decided to take mine back today in my mind.
The tracking of Hadrian’s Wall was amazing but unfamiliar experience. It was a more enormous structure than I predicted. The weather was cloudy, windy, and cold. The stronghold of Roman forces was enough to make me feel amazed. I really wondered why they settled there and fought against indigenous guerrillas for such long years. What was the aim of the Roman Empire at that time? In Western Europe, scholars are enthusiastically interested in the process how the Roman Empire ruled their territory and why they must have been fallen in the end. However, there have been a number of huge political entities in East Asia. Furthermore, they still exist in the same area even though the historic situation is different.
We tracked all day along passages of Hadrian’s Wall and some of us explored new places in our lives. The most impressive scene in my excursion was the overview of landscape from Vindolanda. Privately, I felt it was like a wasteland in the middle of mountain ranges. I came to admit that Roman imperial powers between the first and the second centuries were invincible. Nonetheless, I predict that the reappearance of such huge political entity would have been difficult in Europe, because polities in Europe have already experienced their independence and liberty for a long time.
Two days in the excursion were a series of extensive programmes. Furthermore, the weather was cloudy, windy and rainy as well. The last day, we were able to see the shining sun in the sky of Newcastle. The programmes in the last day were city tour. My group visited the Newcastle University Museum. After lunch I had a chance to talk with my school junior when I used to stay in Oxford City.
On the way back home in the Netherlands, I asked to one of my team-mates, the American girl, what she found through this short trip. She answered that she found nothing, because life is always a series of journeys to the end. Additionally, just with a short trip cannot influence her life. I believe her answer is really cool, because my life goes on.