1. Efrutik
    July 3, 2012 @ 5:19 am

    Ah Mensa! Now looking back at my one experience while in Germany a few years back, it has become much more clearer with the post. It really is a cool concept to be able to go to a cafeteria where local everyday people, CEO’s and students all come together to eat (as it was in my experience). Will visit Mensa’ establishments more often now when back in Berlin ­čÖé

  2. Jennifer
    June 27, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    Good post and so true! I worked through my lunch in the US for years until I got a boss that just didn’t allow it. That time away to refresh and rejuvenate is really important to my productivity, sanity, and stress levels!

    Of course, living in Italy now, I’ve found that they work to live instead of living to work. I’ve changed my ways even more to adjust to the culture and it really has just made life better!

    • Andrew
      July 1, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

      “Didn’t allow it”? I think I would not like that. I like eating my lunch at my desk so I can go home early. By forcing me to take time off I would feel forced to stay later, but that is just me. It is also nice to have time to myself at lunch sometimes.

      Good that you are adjusting. I like the Italian mealtime ethic, but it does not seem all that productive.

  3. Debi
    June 26, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Great post! I just love how lunch is more of a social time!!

    • Andrew
      July 1, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

      A lot of things are more social in Germany.

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