It’s the right of passage for English students which is denied their neighbouring Scots – the Gap Year.
Immortalised in The Inbetweeners 2, the Gap Year is when English school-leavers take a year out before starting University.
And it is expected that it will be even more popular next term instead of sitting at home and studying digitally.
Home and away
I spent a year of my own studies with the bold Australians, only these Aussies were refugees from Munich’s Oktoberfest.
Who turned up unannounced on my doorstep in Aberdeen www.abdn.com Aberdeen – a light in the north asking to stay for the weekend and leaving a year later.
They did, of course, give me an open invitation to go out and see them.
But I imagine looking for a Peter Smith or Steve Brown in Perth, Western Australia, might be difficult.
See you Down Under
Recent changes to the Working Holiday Maker Visa means British and Irish travellers can stay for up to three years.
While you can get yourself lost deliberately in this huge country in your campervan.
You never stop learning so it might be time for that Gap Year I never got.
Smutley and Brownie… you have been warned. Visit www.australia.com.
Turn on, tune in, drop out
Of course those of us left disenfranchised by the lockdown can do what dreamers have been doing for decades, lose themselves in America’s Wild West.
Colorado’s is Big Country and free and the best way to see it is at your own pace…
Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is gratis as are some of the natural spas.
Such as Conundrum Hot Springs. Which reminds me of a fall-out I had with an Aussie in our group.
You know the type who claim that people are trying to take their photo of the Rockies.
Seems you can’t escape them anywhere.