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Changing the Day? PDF
Sunday, 21 March 2010 00:00

I don’t know what other folk think, but I’ve always rather liked the horario español

That’s the long morning, followed by lunch and a siesta from 2 till 5 and then back to work till 8.30/9.00 pm or so and a late dinner before going to bed late.  It’s not logical to like such a long day, but it’s always rather suited me.

Now, however, there are moves afoot for Spain to fall in line with the rest of Europe, if not the world.  Many and varied are the voices that have been clamouring for years for a 9 to 5 working day, which, they argue would be more productive and less tiring for working people.  But they know they’re up against it; trying to change a centuries-old tradition won’t be easy – less so if it’s decreed by government.

A logical breakdown for a 24-hour day would be eight hours dedicated to work, eight to sleeping and the remaining eight to enjoying life and the company of our nearest and dearest.  But since when was life logical in Spain?  I like it the way it is, actually, warts and all!


Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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