Chile: Adios Siesta?

Chile's rugged, reformist Christian Democratic President Eduardo Frei is nothing if not ambitious. Not only has he promised to end Chile's spiraling inflation and redistribute the land—but he has challenged an even more sacred institution: the three-hour lunch hour, with its hallowed tradition of siesta.

Ever since the founding days of Bernardo O'Higgins, Chileans have paused in the day's occupation at noon to go home, dine on three courses and Riesling, and once upon a time, snooze it comfortably off before returning for another three hours of work in the late afternoon. In...

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