For some businesses, December is one of the slowest months work wise. This December for Rainy London has been non-stop work galore: indeed, clients suddenly and frantically realise it’s Xmas time and those projects that were neglected at the bottom of a drawer, and not even *so urgent* a week ago are now ‘*due yesterday*, if possible‘ (because politeness always comes first).
Given a busy December – and I should add, a very cold and snowy one! – possibly January will be sluggish and relaxed.
In Italy, as in other Mediterranean countries, the general rule for most businesses is to shut down for a period which varies between 1 week to 10 days. This year, a few of my clients will be off from Friday 24th, Christmas Eve, right until the 7th, where possible. This is because the 6th is a major Bank Holiday in Italy: l’Epifania (or in the colloquial name, la Befana).
The translation sector is a bit sui generis and considering that most of us boast a worldwide clientbase, I will personally be working on and off until New Year’s day 😦
I also owe everybody an apology: I was meant to post a sequel to the Medical Course entry I did earlier this month but these weeks have been mental and I promise you will be enjoying it by January.
Apologies again… giurin giuretta! (= Italian for I swear!)