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Old 24.02.2011, 13:24
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Re: what is "hello" ?

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I have a gay Swiss-Italian friend that I always greet with an
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that's how you call it..an arm. Swanky Grynch!
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Old 24.02.2011, 13:26
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that's how you call it..an arm. Swanky Grynch!
Mr.V !!... shhhhh... I didn't tell them it was you!!!... I thought you said you didn't want to come out of the closet yet?!?!?
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Old 24.02.2011, 13:27
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Mr.V !!... shhhhh... I didn't tell them it was you!!!... I thought you said you didn't want to come out of the closet yet?!?!?
ma'che ma'che che ditto!
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Old 24.02.2011, 13:28
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Re: Three-kiss greeting between opposite-sex friends, or same sex friends, or strange

oh ohhh.. I think I've just had a curse ( another one ) placed on me.
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Old 24.02.2011, 13:40
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Re: Three-kiss greeting between opposite-sex friends, or same sex friends, or strange

3 in Geneva since forever.. and it usually leaves the Americans and Brits amazed and slightly blushing
Once they get used to it, it's usually them who initiate the next bisou !
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Old 24.02.2011, 13:45
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Re: Three-kiss greeting between opposite-sex friends, or same sex friends, or strange

When I moved here I had no idea. Then hb's colleague when we met for the first time bent over to me, I was so confused, had no idea what he was onto and before I knew it I kissed him on his lips. Ugh. A nice guy, but so embarrassing. I thought for a second people just meet and kiss.
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Old 24.02.2011, 13:48
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Re: Three-kiss greeting between opposite-sex friends, or same sex friends, or strange

I've often seen 3 kisses between father and son
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Old 24.02.2011, 13:49
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Re: Three-kiss greeting between opposite-sex friends, or same sex friends, or strange

Oh MC how funny !!!!

And why are these sweet Swiss customs strange ? After all what's with all the hugging in the anglo-saxon world ? I don't recall that being as common as it is now
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Old 24.02.2011, 13:50
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When I moved here I had no idea. Then hb's colleague when we met for the first time bent over to me, I was so confused, had no idea what he was onto and before I knew it I kissed him on his lips. Ugh. A nice guy, but so embarrassing. I thought for a second people just meet and kiss.
That's funny. Happened to me once, somehow by mistake, we were both moving in the same direction for the bisou and *smack* landed on the lips.
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Old 24.02.2011, 13:51
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Re: Three-kiss greeting between opposite-sex friends, or same sex friends, or strange

Shortly after I first moved here I had to pick up mrs. g ( ms.W as was then ) after a girls night out .... she and 8 off her girlfriends 'round a large table.

by the time I got around to mrs.g I had chapped lips.



( what a way to go )
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Re: Three-kiss greeting between opposite-sex friends, or same sex friends, or strange

I kiss the Europeans, bow with the Japanese, hug Americans and shake hands with the rest of them. But it gets all mixed up at times.
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Old 24.02.2011, 14:00
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Re: Three-kiss greeting between opposite-sex friends, or same sex friends, or strange

Most parts of Greece have two kisses, even between same-sex friends and even between not-so-much friends. On the tiny island where I stranded in 1986, though, they prefer a good 69. That eliminates any questions about left first or right first.
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Old 24.02.2011, 14:02
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Re: Three-kiss greeting between opposite-sex friends, or same sex friends, or strange

Where i come from, (Belgium) near french border we give 4 kisses, silly as my aunt for example who lives on the other side of the country, only gives 3 so we are always left hanging with one to spare if she forgets
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Old 24.02.2011, 14:03
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After all what's with all the hugging in the anglo-saxon world ? I don't recall that being as common as it is now
They are just undecover emos. They just caught up with the trend a little late....
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Old 24.02.2011, 14:05
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Where i come from, (Belgium) near french border we give 4 kisses, silly as my aunt for example who lives on the other side of the country, only gives 3 so we are always left hanging with one to spare if she forgets
See I don't get the 4 kisses, really...it's cute, but not logical. One kiss on the good friend's cheek or family, I understand. But why 4? It takes so long. And all the flufeh touchy feely stuff..
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Old 24.02.2011, 14:09
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See I don't get the 4 kisses, really...it's cute, but not logical. One kiss on the good friend's cheek or family, I understand. But why 4? It takes so long. And all the flufeh touchy feely stuff..
Those Belgians, any excuse will do
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Re: Three-kiss greeting between opposite-sex friends, or same sex friends, or strange

As soon as it becomes known that you are recently new to ANY country and it's culture, there will be forgiveness if mistakes are made.

Looking the other person in the eye and smiling are universal, non-verbal cues to indicate social competence, friendliness and respect
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Lesbos? ....
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I kiss the Europeans, bow with the Japanese, hug Americans and shake hands with the rest of them. But it gets all mixed up at times.
...this reminds me of a forum member who got confused (forgetful) and kissed my significant other 7 times goodbye.
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Old 24.02.2011, 14:16
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...this reminds me of a forum member who got confused (forgetful) and kissed my significant other 7 times goodbye.
If its ok with you, will just shake hands this evening?
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