Given that this blog is inspired by a word that has no English equivalent – sobremesa – it seems appropriate to occasionally explore other words from around the globe. Shoutout to Danielle Shover for introducing this one to me.
When you’re making your way to a familiar place, have you ever considered turning left instead of right? Transitioning from routine to adventure? You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to feed your wanderlust. Try getting lost in your own city.
Welcome to A Longer Table.
I’m happy you’re here and I hope that you pull up a chair often.
If we’re meeting for the first time, here’s a little background of how this blog came about. A few months ago I stumbled onto the Spanish word sobremesa. As it turns out, there is no English equivalent for this word, which describes the “art of savoring the conversation and company of others after a meal.” While the word was new to me, the concept was not.
I am currently living in Honduras, where I see sobremesa played out on almost a daily basis. The most important part of the meal begins when the last bite is finished. And while it is a cultural mainstay in Spain and Latin America, it is not unheard of in the United States. A habit in many homes, it’s a great opportunity to talk about what’s going on in one another’s lives, share opinions, and strengthen relationships. Sobremesa is an unplanned delight – you never know where the conversation may lead.
I currently have a business-focused blog, LeaderSips, but when I decided I had more to explore beyond that blog, it occurred to me that I was looking for an opportunity to create an online sobremesa. At the same time, I wanted to make sure that the community I was creating was open and welcoming. And that’s when the popular saying, “If you are more fortunate than others, it is better to build a longer table than a taller fence” came to mind.
And voila! This blog is my longer table. I invite you to join me for a regular sobremesa.