News from the Natural World: Gap years are found to be the latest form of imperialism.
News from the Natural World: Gap years are found to be the latest form of imperialism. The mighty ‘gap year’ became something of a bloated stereotype in the human world. It was even renamed a “gap yah” after so many rich, middle-class, privately educated teenagers set off to get chlamydia in Thailand. Whilst some humans were just looking for hedonism and a rite of passage into adulthood. The reality was much more sinister. Could it really just be banter and booze or was there something eviler afoot? This modern gap year evil actually mirrored a previous historical phenomenon: the Grand Tour. Back in the 17th century, Europe’s ruling aristocrats travelled all around the Mediterranean. Some said they were seeking a higher understanding of classical culture and learning. But much more likely was debauchery and chasing skirts around the Parthenon. Behind the refined ideals, the Grand Tour was about the perpetuation of power. Not much had changed as we look at the 21st Century Grand Tour.