Span­ish town’s sum­mer ad­vice: don't skip your af­ter­noon si­esta

Cape Breton Post - - WEEKEND | NORTH OF 49 -

MADRID - The heat is on, and a Span­ish town is tak­ing its af­ter­noon si­esta se­ri­ously. Ev­ery sum­mer day in Ador, a small farm­ing town in eastern Spain, a po­lice­man reads out a town hall procla­ma­tion rec­om­mend­ing that lo­cals ob­serve the tra­di­tional si­esta pe­riod be­tween 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The ad­vice, given over a loud­speaker sys­tem, en­cour­ages peo­ple to keep chil­dren in­doors and turn down the vol­ume of TV sets and mu­sic equip­ment. Mayor Joan Faus told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Fri­day that lo­cals are not legally re­quired to ob­serve the si­esta pe­riod. But he said the town hall strongly rec­om­mends they stay in­doors be­cause “at that time of day it is dan­ger­ous to be out­side” be­cause of the sum­mer heat. Spain has en­dured two heat waves al­ready in July, with tem­per­a­tures ex­ceed­ing 40 de­grees Cel­sius (104 Fahren­heit) in some ar­eas. “From 11 a.m. on­wards you can't be in the street or out in the field,” he said. “All you can see are snakes and lizards and other nasty crea­tures. The heat is suf­fo­cat­ing.” The si­esta, or af­ter­noon nap, is a fa­mous Span­ish tra­di­tion, though the cus­tom has largely been lost in ma­jor cities. In the coun­try­side, how­ever, it is still com­mon.

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