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We all have our own personal routines and habits during the weekends so how does the rest of the world spend their Sunday mornings? We interviewed 3 families about their weekend routines.

Sunday Morning in Estoril, Portugal

Luis, 43, travel agent, and Sonia, 34 ,financial controller at Rituals Portugal.

‘I’m definitely not a morning person! – Sonia

Luis wakes up around 8 and goes out for fresh bread and coffee, while I sleep. He comes back home with supplies, and gets his work ready for the next week. I finally wake up and prepare the breakfast. Then we head out to the beautiful beach around Estoril, or all the way down to the coast of southern Portugal in our van, looking for the perfect spot to catch awave. Luis loves to surf and I just enjoy the sun – or rain – and my fashion magazine, of course. After that we go out for lunch at our favourite cake shop. Luis is addicted to cakes! Simple moments, spending time together is what makes our Sundays special.’

Estoril Sunday Morning Rituals around the World

Sunday Morning in Stockholm, Sweden

Linda, 38, brand marketing manager Nordics at Levi Strauss & Co., and Paolo, 41, executive creative director at Sandström & Massanyi.

‘Our Sunday mornings usually start around 8.30 or 9am. We sip tea and coffee and watch the news in our pyjamas, then I listen to some Bon Iver while relaxing in the bath, and Linda works on her yoga. Then we ease into some clothes and out the door, down to the seafront boardwalk known as Norr Mälarstrand.

Sunday is the one day of the week that we don’t make any plans. It’s nice to have the day to ourselves to do whatever we feel like. It’s the perfect way to wind down and get new energy for the week ahead.’

Sweden Sunday Morning Rituals around the World

Sunday Morning in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Machteld, 35, head of wholesale at Rituals Benelux, and Daan, 35, director and co-owner at Careware, live with their three young sons, Peppe, Toob and Benjamin.

‘Sunday morning usually starts around 6.30.Not because we particularly want to get up, but because, unfortunately, small children don’t understand the words weekend and lie-in. We’re usually woken up from our lovelydeep slumber by the first little man who climbs into our bed. The second is usually not far behind! That’s the end of any possibility of rest. Once the third kid wakes up, the bed is turned into a playpen by three mega-excitedlittle guys. Time to get up! The kids watch TV while we grab a moment of ‘peace’ to
enjoy a cup of tea. We always eat breakfast together at the weekend – bread, freshjuice, eggs and a healthy portion of chaos. Chocolate sprinkles are their favourite and, because they like to do everything themselves,
more usually ends up on the floor than on the bread. It’s a nice chaos… We’ve had to learn to accept it. The early part of our Sunday mornings is more about relaxation – chilling out in warm, comfy clothes. At the end of the morning, though, I head off to the hockey field in the Amsterdamse Bos. The guys all bring their own
hockey sticks and cheer me on!’

Amsterdam Sunday Morning Rituals around the World

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