spain’s long siesta

4 Apr

london 11.37am 13.1 sunny monday 2016

this article today in the times is interesting. it says the spanish prime minister rajoy is going to change the working hours so that the working day ends at 6pm. instead of at present,  8pm with a long 2/3hr lunchbreak from 2pm.  and he wants spain to turn the clocks back one hour to  follow GMT. when i was holidaying there , oh a long time ago, i did find their hours very inconvenient. they start work at 10am, then everything closes at 2pm till about 4 or 5pm. i wonder why he does not just let each business decide when they wish to open.

like in the uk. here our supermarkets open from 10am to 10pm, most days.

of course it does make u feel you are abroad, when you are in spain when these strange opening hours are operating. and as a tourist, i suppose it makes sense. between 2pm and 5pm you are at the beach , or sleeping the previous night off. though actually, come to think of it, the reality was that if u were clubbing late last night, you would most probably come alive around 2pm, just in time for the shops to shut. haha.

added. 9.4.16 8.37pm 9.3C dry. saturday 2016. looks like the spanish want normal hours too

5 Responses to “spain’s long siesta”

  1. Garfield Hug Monday April 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

    I remember doing biz with Spain from lil red dot and I find their siesta too long because with time difference it meant I had to stay up later ha ha

    • alifesgayventure Monday April 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      its surprising that they are able to keep that siesta period alive for so long and be so out of step with the rest of the world. perhaps they like their tradition too much. and now they have to face the realities of life.

      • Garfield Hug Monday April 4, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

        Absolutely as it has been around even in old cowboy movies I watch.

      • alifesgayventure Monday April 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

        i used to confuse it with mexico, with the poncho wrapped peon asleep under his sombrero… but i think mexico has long ago left that stereotype. now it is fully identified with spain.

      • Garfield Hug Monday April 4, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

        Aah yes Mexico 😊

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