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Vol. CLIV, Issue 8
Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Kisses and Handshakes

When large groups of Spaniards get together, the train of kisses and handshakes takes a long time.  Men shake hands for every hello or goodbye.  A kiss on each cheek is standard between two women or between a man and a woman.

Even though I’ve been here for over a month, my brain still goes into overdrive whenever a woman initiates the double kiss.  For just that reason, some Spanish women hesitate when greeting foreign men.

I was told to read the signals of my female coworkers when I arrived at my internship for the first time.  Some of them went for the double kiss right away : fine.  When there was a pause with the others, I offered my hand, which I could tell was surprising for them: still okay.  The worst, though, was an American-Spanish hybrid of a double kiss while shaking hands.

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