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June 03, 2014

In Spain, punctuality messes up schedules

"Spaniards, Italians and Arabs will ignore the passing of time if it means that conversations will be left unfinished. For them, completing a human transaction is the best way they can invest their time. For an Italian, time considerations will usually be subjected to human feelings. 'Why are you so angry because I came at 9:30?' he asks his German colleague. 'Because it says 9:00 in my diary,' says the German. 'Then why don’t you write 9:30 and then we’ll both be happy?' is a logical Italian response."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 3, 2014 08:44 AM