Poc a poc, Siesta and Mañana – this is how the islanders live

For some it is only a cliché for the others a motto of life: in Spain we love a calm lifestyle. Even though many modern companies and shops have abolished the siesta, the traditional lunch break, thanks to air conditioning, there are still small shops and businesses closed from 2 to 5 pm. Then the islanders meet in the local restaurants for the lunch menu which is usually accompanied by a glass of wine.

“Poc a poc” is a typical Mallorcan saying, meaning “bit by bit”. The locals just love to meet with friends, spend the weekends with cooling boxes on the beach and are reluctant to stress. This is really healthy! Spanish – and thus also Mallorcans – have an above-average life expectancy in a worldwide comparison. They are 83 years old on average, Mallorcan ladies even 85.2 years.

My tip: Live the Spanish work-life balance. Spanish people use 67 per cent of the day on basic needs. 16 hours daily they spend with sleeping, eating and leisure activities.

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