Spain is famous for the Siesta. Whilst most adults probably don't take midday naps, here in España everyday between 2 and 5pm the majority of towns and villages close down during the midday sun. For some people this might seem unrealistic and annoying - and actually it probably is. An old time tradition that doesn't blend with modern day life. Nowadays the allocated siesta time tends to be used for eating a big lunch, being lazy and getting a long break from work rather than actually sleeping a little. In fact almost none of my Spanish friends ever have a siesta, I've been laughed at before by my Spanish peers for admitting I am indeed a siesta goer and was even called 'una abuela' (A Grandma) I mean being laughed at for their own tradition. The cheek of it! The Siesta just seems to be a few hours in the middle of the day where life shuts off and generally annoys people that want to get on with their day.
I think siestas are great though. A designated time to have a nap without feeling guilty for doing so, plus using the word 'siesta' sounds almost quite cool. Not like 'nap' that just makes me think of babies and the elderly.
My goodness I'm awfully tired, I'm going to have a nap...Oh is it 3 already? Woopee it's siesta time! (Que Spanish party music)
The siesta is a time where you are pretty much guaranteed not to be missing out on anything, nothing ever happens in this time, few people are in the streets and TV during the hours of the siesta is well known for being boring - probably a strategic move to help people fall asleep and therefore increase reasons to tune in to such awful viewing.
As I literally spend most of my waking hours dreaming about dreaming, and needing to sleep 12 hours a day or more in order to get through it - in my opinion siestas are great. Siesta = Fiesta!
What do you think about the siesta? Can you see it working in your country?