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.

yours,

Daya

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