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February 25th 2005
Published: February 25th 2005
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can you tell how huge this place is? (thats me in front of it)
Thursday Matt & I took a day trip to Canterbury. It was actually quite different city to go to. It still has city walls and a cathedral and a castle, but its also modern and there's a comfortable mixture of history and modernity where as any other city I've been to tried to distinctly divide the two. We walked through Dane John Gardens, and stopped by the Canterbury Castle (which is nothing but ruins). It was snowing pretty heavily -- huge flakes that melt on contact since it was probably about 33 degrees -- so we stopped for tea to warm up and wait for the snow to lighten up. We spent the majority of the rest of the day walking around the Cathedral - I think thats the coolest one I've seen because the last couple of cathedrals I've been to have all seemed the same, and this one is much different. Its massive and there are all different levels to it with hallways that feel like tunnels, a crypt, and a kinda creepy martyr's chapel. The site of the church was consecrated by St. Augustine, Thomas Becket was martyred in the church, and King Henry IV's remains are buried there.

Friday night I went to Trumpington (a south suburb of Cambridge basically) with Matt & Matt to go to a folk music night and had the most amazing time. There was so much variety & talent: everything from guitars, to bagpipes, to violins, to a setar, to instruments that none of us had ever seen before. Plus there were people from all over the region, and then a Scot, an Irishman, and a guy from Australia. Tonight was an experience.

Lyrics to 'The Parting Glass' that the Irishman sang:

Of all the money that e'er I had
I've spent it in good company
And of all the harm that e'er I did
Alas it was done to none but me
And all I've done for want of wit
To memories now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all.

Of all the comrades that e'er I had
They're sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They'd wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you

view from the back entry of the Cathedral
should not
I'll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be with you all.

Oh, If I had money enough to spend
And leisure to sit awhile
There is a fair maid in the town
That sorely has my heart beguiled
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips
I own she has my heart enthralled
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all.

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above the altar in the martyr's chapel

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