Siesta & fiesta! What’s up with Spain’s crazy daily routine!? – WIS016



Evening meals at 11pm! Two-hour lunch breaks! Hitting bars until 7am!

In this episode I try to stay awake to look at Spain’s daily routine, timetables, mealtimes and work schedules and try to work out if Spaniards really do ever sleep.
I examine the history of the infamous Spanish siesta (Think ancient Rome, Franco and the Spanish Civil War) and find out of it really does still exist or has just become a tired stereotype.
I discuss my struggles with eating dinner at inhumane hours of the night. I also examine research and find out why the Spanish work such long hours and yet are some of the least productive in Europe and find out why Spain is in the wrong timezone. There are moves to move it back an hour. Will it happen?
Can the rhythm of Spanish life can ever be harmonised with other European countries…?
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WHAT IS WHEN IN SPAIN?

The When in Spain show is a weekly podcast show, recorded in Madrid (and other parts of Spain) where l talk about my ‘warts and all’ observations and insights on life and culture on the Iberian peninsular.

In each episode of the podcast I cast an eye on everyday life, people, places, politics, culture and history and attempt to give an honest opinion from a Brit who has a love-frustration relationship with Spain. I shall attempt to dispel or indeed confirm Spanish stereotypes through my ramblings and see if I can delve into the Spanish psyche.

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WHO THE HELL IS WHEN IN SPAIN?

I’m Paul Burge, former BBC journalist, Hispanophile and Manchego lover. A Brit, born in Oxford and living in Spain for almost 5 years. I currently live in the centre of Madrid.


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