America’s European Vacation

Dear internet,

Nobody in the US takes long vacations. Ten days, including the weekends (so really 5 working days) is seen as the absolute maximum you can take off before people think maybe there is something wrong with you. Whereas in Europe a lot of people get six weeks off a year, and it’s just unfathomable that anyone would take any less. Plus the entire month of August whole countries shut down so people can go to the seaside and/or mountains and/or ancestral village.

The coronavirus lockdown is America’s European August. Conversely, the coronavirus lockdown in Europe is how a lot of Americans voluntarily live their lives, just going from their jobs, which they consider essential to their sense of self, to their homes, day after day after day.



a nice cottage by a lake
A nice cottage by the lake