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How do you feel about the Mediterranean custom of having a daily siesta?

The afternoon siesta, which was instituted to allow businesses to close in the heat of the day to allow workers and shoppers to rest and even take naps, is common in Spain, much of Latin America and in warmer climates throughout the world. Typically shops close around 1 p.m. and re-open around 4 p.m. though the hours may vary from place to place. Not everyone takes a nap. Some people just take family time at home. Others might read or relax or watch television. Shops re-open about 4 p.m. and stay open late--9 to 11 p.m., depending on the business. After shops close families usually gather for a late dinner. Even with air conditioning this custom persists in many countries. Would you like to work or do business in an environment where these business hours were commonly practiced? I have seen the siesta used in Spain and Vietnam, by the way.

Asked By: Warren D - 2/1/2007
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this is also done in mexico, ive been there. I LOVE IT!!! it gives you a time to rest and enjoy the company of loved ones. it also gives u a break from work. while i was in mexico for 2 weeks i slept during siesta time usually, if i didnt sleep we just hung out and had fun. i really enjoy siesta time and it was... More
Answered By: <~*~*skinny*~*shortie*~*~> - 2/1/2007
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I think it's cool but it'd be hard to get used to in America. Most of us are used to working all day and getting home to our families/friends at night. Still, I would love to try it out. I've heard mid-day naps make people more alert and productive.
Answered By: LB Smooth - 2/1/2007
 
I'm not into it - any of that.
Answered By: Jeff (Mary) Kidd - 2/1/2007
 
One of their better ideas. My sister lives in Spain, and I always have a siesta when I visit. School times don't make it easy for little kids to have their siesta. My niece is 6, starts school at 9:00am, has a break from 12:30pm until 2:30pm. Journey takes 20 minutes each way, and by the time she has lunch, no time... More
Answered By: Taylor29 - 2/1/2007
 
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