Usually Sundays are really calm for most of us, but the way in which people spend said day obviously changes from country to country.
In Mexico, Sundays are probably one of the busiest days if you go to a mall, a restaurant, or the supermarket. People take advantage of it to do the things they don’t get a chance to during the week. They treat themselves to a nice meal, or a movie, a little bit of shopping or simply a day out in the countryside. Thus, you have to be really strategic about what you do, and the times you choose to do so.
In my family, Sundays usually meant visiting family outside of the city, and to be honest I loved it, because as I said if you stayed in the city, it would’ve probably been super busy. I knew what to expect on Sundays, and there was always something to do. We had options, and not just for entertainment. If I ever happened to forget something for my homework or buying whatever it was I needed for a project on Monday, I knew there would be something opened. However, the whole concept changed as soon as I moved to France.
Here, Sunday is the most relaxed day of the week. So much so that nothing’s open. If you walk around Paris, the only things you’ll find open will be cafes and a few restaurants and clothing stores. Other than that, it pretty much feels like a deserted city.
To me, this was the weirdest and most confusing thing ever, and it meant I had to be really organized with my food shopping and other activities.
Normally back in Mexico, we bought food for the house on Sundays, which I cannot longer do here, and don’t even get me started on emergencies. If you ever forget to do anything important on Saturdays, you are pretty much screwed. Even the most random and unpredictable things like getting sick are a struggle on Sundays, pharmacies are closed and hospitals have a limited number of staff working that day.
Now don’t get me wrong, it is nice to have a peaceful and quiet city for a day, especially in the mornings. It always amazes me how much silence there is as I wake up on a Sunday, compared to the rest of the week where you can start hearing people walking, children talking and cars as early as six in the morning.
It is a nice contrast though, and a good change from time to time. I definitely miss not having to worry about whether things would be open or not when I needed them to be, but aside from that, Sundays are still just a day to relax.