Ever thought about the fact that if you had been born on the other side of the world, your day would probably look completely different? From the time you’d wake up, up to the food you’d be eating.
On that note the Ablo Crew went on a little investigation: how do people around the world make the most out of their 24 hours, and how different from each other does it get? Let’s have a look! 👀
Good morning sunshine
Sleep is not for the weak. According to our friends on Ablo, Dutchies get the most sleep, with over 8 hours a night. 😴 Japan is on the other end of the spectrum. They get through their day with the help of power naps, or as they like to call them ‘inemuri’. In most countries, sleeping on the job would be a reason to get you fired! But in Japan those power naps are very common. They’re seen as a sign of hard work! So, I’m sorry, I’m just gonna have a quick nap before I continue. 💤
In the mood for food
Food is such a staple in every culture, so obviously it will be different around the world. The first meal of the day cannot really be considered a ‘meal’ in Italy. Italians tend to just drink a quick coffee, and off they go. ☕️ In the UK however, they’re famous for their ‘full English breakfast’, consisting of a giant plate of sausage, beans, eggs, bacon, tomato and toast. Americans often have a sweeter breakfast. On the menu you’ll find different kinds of cereal, pancakes with maple syrup and French toast. If you prefer a more savory breakfast, Vietnam might be the place for you. The Vietnamese like to start the day with ‘Pho’, a rice noodle soup with a clear broth and beef or chicken. So, with all this on the table, where in the world would you prefer to have breakfast? 🥐
Work Work Work Work Work Work – Rihanna, American philosopher, 2016
Let’s talk business. Do you know the feeling when the alarm clock goes off on Monday morning and you’re just not ready to start another working week…? ⏰ Well, imagine living in Saudi Arabia, where the working week begins on Sunday. Say goodbye to your Sunday brunch plans. 👋🏼 If you like being on the road for 6 hours a day, then Nigeria might be the place for you. Due to horrible road conditions and endless traffic jams, Nigerians spend on average 3 hours a day commuting to and from work. 🤯 I think most people would prefer to work in Finland. With the lowest number of working hours and an average of 3 breaks a day, it’s the country that gets the award for shortest work day worldwide. No wonder it’s one of the happiest countries in the world.
After a long and stressful day, it’s important to unwind. In Iceland they do that by sweating it out in one of their many hot springs. For the other 7 billion people who don’t have access to beautiful hot springs nearby, we look at Western Africa for inspiration. They like to de-stress by having drum sessions on djembes. 🥁 The ‘storytellers’ on the djembe set the mood, while the others dance it out to the rhythm. If you’re more of a laid-back kind of person, then you would probably agree with the French, who end their working days with a nice glass of wine. Oui, please! 🍷 If all of that still doesn’t sound relaxing to you, then maybe you should go to India, where they combine meditation and yoga with laughing classes. Hahahaha! 😂 See, I feel better already!
So, it’s pretty obvious the world is a super interesting and diverse place and there is so much to learn. Start making friends worldwide on Ablo and see how they spend their days!