Siesta: The Long-Awaited Sequel to Friluftsliv.

In Spain, a siesta is usually a necessity in daily life. A few hours mid-afternoon to chill and relax; it’s time when shops temporarily close; it’s time families sit down for lunch; and it’s a time to take a nap. Whatever suits your pleasure.

Or so I imagine.

I’ve only been to Spain once. In 2014. And, given the opportunity, I would return in a heartbeat.

There’s something about a life where leisure is not taken for granted, whether in cozy Scandinavia (ie, hygge in Denmark) or taking a siesta in Spain, a 15 to 30 minute nap typically between 2 pm and 5 pm.

As an American working woman, I can hardly afford this luxury. Whether I am headed to work or studying for a class or writing some poetry, there are never enough hours in the day for me to find peace and quiet and simply to rest.

I’ll keep this short (as it should be). And sweet: like taking a few hours just for yourself. Something everyone should consider.

Something everyone should need.

I know I do sometimes.

So grab your cup of tea or coffee and lay down and rest. Enjoy the moments of time ticking by. Enjoy the pleasure of a nap.