Siesta time in Antigua Guatemala

Siesta time in Antigua Guatemala by Rudy Girón

Siesta time used to be sacred in Antigua Guatemala. Almost all business stop for lunch and siesta time between 12pm and 3pm or 1pm and 3pm. Nowadays, many businesses are owned by foreigners and the tradition of siesta is being lost. Heck, many businesses are not even closing for lunch anymore.

Even though it’s convenient to have everything open at lunch time, something very important is being lost, does anyone know what it is?

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  • sjbj

    sounds like quality of life is being lost. sad. 

    • That’s true SJBJ, certainly the quality of life is being diminished. 🙁

  • Sleep.

    • Hahaha, that’s a good one too. Sleep or siesta to be precise.

  • NYChapin

    good digestion ?

    • That’s also a valid point NYChapin. Good digestion is also part of a good quality of life.

  • Sba246

     a good home cooked lunch?

  • Tom de NY

    A beautiful way of life is certainly being lost.  Many years ago I was stationed in Germany (then West Germany!) as a G.I.  Our base was in a rural, agricultural area, and I remember being surprised the first time I saw that a great many of the village shops would close from noon until 2.  Having been born & raised in ‘the city that never sleeps’ I thought this strange, but came to admire it as a better, more humane, way of life. The people took time to be people, not just economic production units.