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Chief Wellbeing Officer by Steven P. MacGregor, Rory Simpson

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“Big things have small beginnings.”

David, Prometheus

IF you want a hassle-free food-shopping experience sans queues while visiting Barcelona (outside of the hottest of tourist spots), go between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. The time traditionally reserved for siesta may not actually involve many naps these days but it’s certainly not the time when Catalans go to the supermarket.

Clearly defined daily habits such as these surprised us both when we first came to live in Spain, in contrast to the UK and US, where patterns of movement in society are less clear. After living in Barcelona a number of years, one may pick up on certain other habits that allow ...

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