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The Siesta

During a typical daily schedule on home soil, AFC is used to a disciplined regimen of fitness alongside work – and so the concept of an afternoon nap (or, “siesta,” in Spanish) is very much foreign to them.  Yet the Couple has embraced such activity during their time so far in Spain, and they are feeling much more rested and energized.

 

Due to the siesta, the Couple is very much energized in the evenings -- and so they've been able to enjoy their time out even more.  Here's a shot before a late dinner at a trendy restaurant (in Spain, dinner usually isn't serving until 9:00pm or 10:00).

Due to the siesta, the Couple is very much energized in the evenings -- and so they've been able to enjoy their time out even more.  Here's a shot before a late dinner at a trendy restaurant (in Spain, dinner usually isn't serving until 9:00pm or 10:00).

 

 

The Spanish siesta usually lasts about an hour and a half, beginning at 2:30pm and going until 4 or 4:30.  During this time, shops and restaurants are closed – and the central city streets appear much like a ghost town.  Yet as soon as evening arrives, the bustle returns – as folks emerge from their bedrooms to take on the remaining hours of the day.

 

 

The Couple walking around outside La Catedral Valenciana at dusk, fully energized from a mid-afternoon siesta.

The Couple walking around outside La Catedral Valenciana at dusk, fully energized from a mid-afternoon siesta.

 

 

 

As an athlete, Jon is accustomed to napping during strenuous training days.  Yet since pioneering the Creating Substance brand internationally, writing five books, and reaching a VO2 level a notch shy of Lance Armstrong’s, naps had simply become a thing of the past.  Yet, Jon didn’t mind reverting back to his old methods, getting in an extra hour of shut-eye while cuddling up next to his beloved. He soon found himself embracing the siesta as his own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyuda has grown to appreciate the siesta too.  Before the trip, the demands of her job increased tenfold due to a company merger, and so she was particularly drained from long days at the office (coupled with two-a-day workouts).  The siesta culture has allowed Lyuda to unwind during the midday, when normally –- back at her desk –- she would have been cranking out Excel spreadsheets.  Jon has made sure she isn't too relaxed, though –- as he maintains a spreadsheet of his own, monitoring how many miles Lyuda runs each day.

 

 

The extra hour napping has worked wonders for the metabolism, allowing Lyuda to lean down and fit inside the width of the "slimmest" building in Europe.

The extra hour napping has worked wonders for the metabolism, allowing Lyuda to lean down and fit inside the width of the "slimmest" building in Europe.

 

AFC now understands why the Mediterranean lifestyle has produced so many centenarians.  The integration of rest and relaxation with the workday (something absent from American culture) produces a unique and healthy balance – and the Couple hopes to include this mix in their own lives going forward.

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