Cuban dating etiquette
Throw in a language barrier and culture gap and you’re lost in a strange new game with strange new rules.
Is that hand on your knee a flirtatious come-on, or a culturally distinct approach to personal space?
For some Latin men, these differences can be quite a shock, Georgina said.
“For Colombian women it is more about feeling good about yourself based on how well you fulfill these stereotypes of being a nice girl,” she said.
Is splitting the bill a nod to equal gender relations, an unforgivable challenge to your date’s masculinity, or the sign of an incorrigible tight-wad?
“With girls here, if they’re really interested – it’s obvious,” said James.
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The key differences for travelers from more ‘distant’ cultures are in the Latin approach to eye contact and physical contact – lots of both.
An aversion to either may well be interpreted as a lack of interest – or worse.