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I took my oldest son (who is 16) to visit Durham University yesterday for their Open Day. Durham is a 3 hour drive from our house. I told my son that I didn't mind taking him there as long as I didn't have to get up early and then stand around waiting for him getting ready (which is what I normally end up doing). I told him to get me up 2 minutes before he wanted to leave the house. So at 5:58 he woke me up, I washed, got dressed and we jumped in the car and drove up to Durham straight away. We stopped for a McDonald's breakfast on the way and arrived about 9:30.
Durham is a beautiful place. It's got a very good reputation as a university but it's in a strange location - inland between two rough cities on the east coast of England (Sunderland and Middlesbrough). It's got a massive cathedral but a population of just 50 000. It's got a really welcoming atmosphere and it would be a lovely place to study for 3 or 4 years.
I was the first person in my family to go to university and to see my son looking at attending a place like Durham is something else.
I treated him and myself to good food and coffee while we were there in between lectures and we both really enjoyed the experience. We got back about 10:00 at night, exhausted but having spent a great day together.
I would love to study there.