One of my favorite things about Spain…The Kisses!
I’m a hugger back in L.A. I’ve always been a hugger. But that was generally reserved as a warm way to say hello or goodbye to good friends or my tightest colleagues. But Spain loves kissing, double cheek kissing, and it’s not just reserved for your besties. Admittedly, I was a bit awkward with it at first but I’m getting better. It’s sort of like Hollywood air kissees only more sincere. For awhile I was overthinking it. Do I go right? Or left? What if we end up on the lips? Does the arm go around the shoulder at the same time? A couple of times I reached out to shake hands with someone and ended up holding their hand while kissing each others cheeks.
By now I’ve had a bit of practice but I’m still working out the kinks. I let the other guy (or gal) take the lead. There are not just Spaniards here but folks from other countries, so I try to be respectful of all cultures. So far, I’ve received kisses from a fellow mom upon meeting her for the first time, my son’s basketball coach and even my daughter’s male teacher. It’s definitely made me feel more welcome here in Spain!