i’m in the uk and i don’t want to leave

Posted on August 30, 2006. Filed under: Candida, Travelling |

I don’t have much time to write and no real access to capitals because the keyboard is so small that i keep hitting shift and slash at the same time.

i’ve done so much and have learned so much since getting here on saturday the 26th — my flight was early by an hour and air transat is, contrary to public belief, a fantastic carrier! the flight literally flew by. i checked in early and took off to brighton, just to stay awake, wandered for a bit, found a gluten, sugar, dairy free restaurant right off the bat and got lost in the lanes. i was staying right by gatwick airport and the next day, after 10 hours or so of sleep, i went to Cantebury — wow! the Cathedral there was amazing, and though i didn’t pay attention to the fact that it was a sunday, i was able to be in the crypt, walking around when i hit upon a very strange sense of presence in one of the corners. i could picture treachery and treason and cloaked figures running around. probably from the da vinci code, but the feeling of presense couldn’t be shaken. i stood, and to exemplify this moment the choir and organ started above and the sound was so powerful, echoing through the empty crypt. i then went upstairs and found a guide book and learned that Thomas Becket was murdered just above where i was standing and his body had been kept in the place i was standing for hundreds of years. people had come to the chruch on pilgrimages ever since he was slain in 1170 because to be at the site was supposed to cure disease. well, if that’s true, and if it can kill candida, i’m all for standing there for a very long time.

i really wished brian could have been there with me to see the church — i was even partically inspired, out of curiousity to think about a church experiment — to go, at least to learn more about religion and history and custom, to church for 1 year and to document it. we’ll see if i do it, but finding out that this was the mother church of the anglican churches (which i technically belong to) was kind of cool and listening to the intenese history of building, destruction, building, destruction, murder, building, destruction, building again just fascinates me — the fact that so many people were willing to die and to sacrifice so much for this faith and for their beliefs.

i also want to start a collection of quotes or tidbits of places that people were drawn to for healing purposes. bath being another one. people came here for thousands of years to be cured by bathing and drinking in the water and after being in the remains of the baths yesterday i could sample the water. my tour guide from the first day (i have more to share the next time i find internet) said that it takes between 10,000 and 20,000 years for the water to get to the pump house here — and i had a glass of the piping hot water yesterday and my tongue tingled a bit and i swear to god that it’s perfect today. i don’t care if science claims that it isn’t supposed to work — science hasn’t helped me much so far and i’m sure as hell going back today to get another glass, just in case!

more next time i find cheapter internet! (so much more to tell you and i’ve learned so much!)

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