I’ll go where my parents go

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international students go where all the tourists go!

In a surprising – well to me at least – survey of students about what they would visit in Edinburgh, it appears that they would largely see what everyone else wants to see there. What happened to the rebellion of youth? What happened to children wanting to do the opposite of the parents? On their own, do children just cave in to their upbringing and become clones of their parents? Or are Edinburgh’s attractions appealing to everyone regardless of age?

The survey, by Kaplan International Colleges, which took place amongst their own students, said that two-thirds of them wanted to visit Edinburgh Castle. Next in line of interest was Arthur’s seat, Calton Hill, Mary King’s Close and the grave of Greyfriars Bobby. This was in the attractions category. In the museums category – yes, there was a special separate question – the National Museum of Scotland was their favourite destination narrowly beating the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Today’s students seem only to be visiting just the top attractions.

But maybe I shouldn’t be surprised at all. These are international students so they will do what tourists the world over would do, explore. But few voted the Forth Bridge as a place to visit or the views from Lauriston Castle. Hopetown House isn’t there or Newhailes and Linlithgow Palace and the attraction of the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo have little appeal. The architecture of the Scottish parliament building seems not to be much of a draw and neither does Britannia moored in Leith. And speaking of Leith, that doesn’t appear either whereas I thought the trendy bars might just be the place that would attract student age groups. In the pub and club categories no Leith place wins. Instead they settle on Jamie’s Italian, Finnegan’s Wake and Espionage as the best club.

In my day, we’d have found a little, grotty pub that we could call our own, a place where no respecting parent would venture. We’d have a club that was edgy and the smell would be a cocktail of tobacco and stale, spilt beer. And there’d be a place that really was unknown on the tourist trail where we could go.

What are students becoming these days? Who knows but at least the tourism board in Edinburgh must be happy that all age groups are visiting their top sights.

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