As I walked down the street today, I realized how American I am when I questioned how a business can survive if they close for a few weeks while the owners are on vacation. Once they return, how long does it take for their business to make the same profit it made before they left?
There are three restaurants around the corner from my house that are closed for at least 2 weeks for the summer holidays. Of course it's a common thing in Europe, since I've read about it in my travel guides... but it's still a difficult concept to wrap my head around. The longest I've seen a retail store closed during business hours is for 30 mins when they were out to lunch.
I guess this is more proof that we Americans love to overwork ourselves.