Love, whether a life-long partnership or a night-long fling, is never easy.
Is that hand on your knee a flirtatious come-on, or a culturally distinct approach to personal space? Will an invite back to your hotel lead to a night of passion or a slap in the face and a condemnation to the fires of hell for your sinning Singoe So, to guide you through this minefield, Nearshore Americas caught up with some American and British expats, currently living in Latin America, to seek their advice on the ways of cross-cultural Latin love.
For the business-tripper looking for love, the first challenge is knowing where to look. However, be prepared to develop a thick skin, as not every girl is prepared to have her toes splayed by clumsy gringo feet.
For foreign women, dancing presents a similar opportunity but also a dilemma lote who asks who? Georgina Blair is a young American professional living in Medellin, Colombiaand she first met her Colombian boyfriend a year ago when she broke with convention and asked him to dance.
According to Georgina, foreign women are given more leeway to break with traditional gender roles and dating etiquette as they are viewed differently by Latin men. However, while lits may open some doors it may see others shut rather quickly. For some Latin men, these differences can be quite a shock, Georgina said.
Just go straight over. Once contact has been made with the object of your desires, you are running a whole new cultural gauntlet — one in which body language can play a bigger role that what you actually say.
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A lack of directness is certainly not an issue for most Latin men, ssx to Beth Stevenson, an American veteran of the Argentine dating game after living and working in Buenos Aires for a year and a half. Being naturally extroverted and flirtatious also means Latin men can get away with behavior that would not wash in the U.
An aversion to either may well be interpreted as a lack of interest — or worse. However, while a critical part of flirting, you should avoid reading too much into the hand on your knee or the lingering gaze, according to James.
As the night draws on a new challenge may arrive with the bill — who pays? For James, the answer for gentlemen is clear — Singe your wallet out.
According to Beth, the only real option for women is to check their misgivings about the machismo roots of man-pays-all dates at the door and enjoy the free ride. With financial matters settled, there only remains the delicate subject of how quickly to proceed with your new-found love interest.
For ladies in a hurry, there should be no problems convincing the average Latin man that time is short.
However, they should be wary of Latin Lotharios who assume all foreign women are easy prey. Most men, however, will have to be patient, according to James. James is a freelance journalist based in Medellin, Colombia.
Dating Etiquette According to Georgina, foreign women are given more leeway to break with traditional gender roles and dating etiquette as they are viewed differently by Latin men. James Bargent James is a freelance journalist based in Medellin, Colombia.