Sunday, December 02, 2007

Field Notes: ¡Béseme!!

Lots of kissing going on in Buenos Aires. Everyone kisses hello: a single kiss on the right cheek. Men kiss hello as well, which is a little awkward for some yankees. If you meet a friend on the street, you kiss them hello and everyone with them, whether you know them or not.

Lots of public "necking" as well. It's not uncommon to see a couple sitting on a park bench kissing away, blissfully unaware of what's going on around them.

In fact, I would say there is a lot more physical affection here in general. People will routinely touch you when they talk to you, either on the shoulder or arm. Couples hold hands while walking down the street, even septuagenarians. Many couples choose to sit next to each other at a restaurant instead of across from each other, so they can cuddle.

Romantic, really.



Jennywren said...

Hello Julia! Wally and I have been keeping posted of your south-of-the-equator adventure mostly through your Uncle Charles. He and your mother came by Thanksgiving weekend to see photos of our recent Mediterranean trip.
Okay, I have to many suitcases did it take to take along all your Britannica Great Books? Also, have you adopted any new furry friends yet?

Julia said...

Hi Jennifer,

We had ten duffle bags for all of our things, and I split up the books across all of them. It ended up not being too much trouble getting it all here.

We don't plan on adopting any pets, at least not right now, because our apartment is not very conducive to them. But dogs are very popular here. Perhaps that will be another post.