Madrid is Now Home to Spain’s First Nap Cafe

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Ideally, a siesta, or midday nap, should be taken in your own bed far away from your office. In cases where that's impossible, workers in Madrid’s financial district now have the option to rent a bed in the city's newly-opened nap cafe. As Refinery29 reports, Siesta & Go is Spain's first establishment built around one of the country’s most cherished traditions: napping.

Siestas are common in parts of the Mediterranean and Latin America, but they originated in Spain. Siesta & Go aims to make the practice a little more convenient. The Madrid location is home to 19 beds in private and shared rooms. Customers can reserve a place to rest their heads by the minute or by the hour, with rates for private rooms running around $15 USD an hour. The rooms are cleaned by professionals, and the nightshirts and blankets guests receive are single-use only.

The space isn’t designed for napping exclusively. There’s also a lounge where guests can curl up in an armchair with a book and a cup of coffee, both of which are available on the premises. Siesta & Go also provides newspapers, magazines, Wi-Fi, and slippers.

The benefits of napping have been shown many times over: They’re an easy way to alleviate stress while boosting productivity and memory function. And the importance of a midday snooze is especially apparent in Spain, where it's not unusual to work until 8 p.m. and eat dinner at 10.

[h/t Refinery29]

Google Translate Now Lets Your Smartphone's Camera Read 13 More Languages in Real Time

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Your days of lugging around foreign-language dictionaries while traveling are behind you. As VentureBeat reports, Google Translate's in-app camera now recognizes 13 new languages, including Arabic, Hindi, and Vietnamese.

In 2015, the Google Translate app launched a feature that allows users to translate written text in real time. All you need to do to use it is to tap the app's camera icon and point your phone at the words you wish to decode, whether they're on a menu, billboard, or road sign. Almost immediately, the app replaces the text displayed on your camera with the translation in your preferred language.

The tool initially worked with 27 languages and Google has introduced more over the past few years. With the latest additions, Google Translate now recognizes about 50 languages.

Many of the new languages now compatible with Google Translate—including Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Thai—are widely spoken in South Asia. Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, and Punjabi are four of the 10 most common languages on Earth.

Google Translate users can download the new update now for iOS and Android phones.

[h/t VentureBeat]

A Finnish Tourism Company Is Hiring Professional Christmas Elves

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Finland isn't quite the North Pole, but it will be home to a team of gainfully employed Christmas elves this holiday season. As Travel + Leisure reports, the Scandinavian country's Lapland Safaris is looking for elves to get guests into the holiday spirit.

Lapland Safaris is a tourism company that organizes activities like snowmobiling, Northern Lights-gazing, skiing, and ice-fishing. The elf employees will be responsible for leading guests to their buses and conveying important information, all while spreading holiday cheer. The job listing reads, "An Elf is at the same time an entertainer, a guide, and a mythical creature of Christmas."

Each Lapland Safari elf will receive training through Arctic Hospitality Academy prior to starting the job. There, they will learn "the required elfing and communication skills." Training will be conducted in English, but candidates' knowledge of French, Spanish, or German is a plus.

To apply, aspiring elves can fill out and submit this form through Lapland Safaris's website. The gig lasts from November 2018 to the beginning of next year, with employees having the option to work at any of the company's Finnish destinations (Santa's workshop is unfortunately not included on the list).

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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