“A good way to meet people, because of the dancing culture here, is just to pick a partner and ask her to dance with you.” Even if you don’t have time to squeeze in salsa classes, it is still worth the effort to at least try and get your rusty hips and leaden feet moving, according to James.“Your foreigner inability can be charming to the right person,” he added.And even without the preliminary close quarters inspection offered by a dance, the whole ‘is/he isn’t she/he?’ game can be a lot easier to play in Latin America.“If you catch a woman’s eye, don’t dwell in it or keep catching her eye. ’ Men and Flirting A lack of directness is certainly not an issue for most Latin men, according to Beth Stevenson, an American veteran of the Argentine dating game after living and working in Buenos Aires for a year and a half. “They do not leave you alone, which is annoying but they’re very charming.” Being naturally extroverted and flirtatious also means Latin men can get away with behavior that would not wash in the U. “What we expect from guys in Latin America is completely different,” Beth 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?For James, the answer for gentlemen is clear – get your wallet out. “The whole roots of man-pays-all dates at the door and enjoy the free ride.“At first I resisted but it’s such a pain in the ass, and really so hard to get a man not to pay for you that it’s almost embarrassing,” she said.“Just because a girl is being touchy feely it doesn’t mean she’s definitely interested in that way,” he said.“For a lot of people here, personal space exists on a much smaller scale.” As the night draws on a new challenge may arrive with the bill – who pays?
However, be prepared to develop a thick skin, as not every girl is prepared to have her toes splayed by clumsy gringo feet.