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Jul 16, 2014 | Translation

dinner partyIf I say ‘Spain’ to you, what do you think of? Sandy beaches, hot sun, maybe annoying British tourists demanding fish and chips? Or what about long, lazy meals, when, even after the food is gone, the conversation still flows long into the night?

The Spanish have a word for that! Sobremesa. Literally translated as across the table, it is that leisurely time spent chatting with your family and friends after the food has been eaten. We should all make time for a little sobremesa.

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