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10/08/2013

CIEE Alcalá de Henares LA study abroad FALL 2013. SIMONE VANDROFF (BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY): SIESTA.

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La Siesta

 Una de mis cosas favoritas sobre la vida en España es la siesta. Tradicionalmente, la siesta es una tiempo entre tres y cinco de la tarde para descansar. Es una parte muy especial del día, porque la mayoría de tiendas y restaurantes cierran durante este tiempo.  Como yo lo veo, la siesta es que no es una opción, sino un mandato. Antes de llegar a España nunca había dormido la siesta porque no me gustan, pero ahora que es una parte tan importante del día, me siento obligada a echarme.

 

Viviendo con siete compañeras españolas que se han acostumbrada a la siesta. Al principio pesé que era raro que mis compañeras se echaran una siesta en la sala de estar cada día. Pero después de hablar con ellas sobre esto, regularmente duermo la siesta también. ¡Les dije a mis compañeras que no es normal dormir la siesta en los EE.UU. y las personas que duermen siestas son perezosas! Mis compañeras se reían de mí, me dijeron que está bien dormir una siesta cuando lo desee, no es importante tomarla durante el tiempo sugerido.

 

Aunque yo sólo estoy viviendo en España durante unos pocos meses, tengo la intención de aprovechar al máximo esta maravillosa tradición de España. Me gusta el estilo de vida aquí en España donde la gente come lentamente y no se apresure en todo lo que hacen. Cuando vuelva a casa en los EE.UU., voy a seguir definitivamente teniendo siestas, porque es una parte necesaria del día. Tienes la oportunidad de despejar su mente y relajarte.

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The Siesta

 One of my favorite things about living in Spain is the siesta. Traditionally, the siesta (or nap) is a time of day between three and five in the afternoon to rest. It is a very special part of the day because the majority of stores and restaurants close at this time. The way I see the siesta, it is not as much of an option, but rather a mandate. Before coming to Spain I didn’t like to nap, but now because it is an important part of the day I feel obligated to take one!

 

Living with seven roommates from Spain I have become well accustomed to the siesta. When I first started living here I thought it was weird that my roommates would take siestas in the living room every day. But after talking to them about it, and what is okay, I partake in the siesta every day. I told my roommates that it is not normal to take a nap in the United States, and the people who do are considered lazy! They laughed at me when I said this, and replied that I should take one whenever I wanted and it would be just fine; it is not necessary to take one during the suggested time.

 

Even though I am only living in Spain for a few more months, it is my intention to take full advantage of this wonderful tradition Spain has. I like the lifestyle of Spain; the people eat slowly and don’t seem to rush everything they do. When I return home to the United States I will definitely take siestas, because it is a necessary part of the day! You get the opportunity to clear your mind and simply relax. 

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