November 20, 2008
Last night David and I went out to our K-group (Koinonia Group = small group / cell group / house group / home group), and I got 18 kisses (not from David). This is something to get used to in Europe (and probably many other non-U.S. locations), the greeting and farewell with a certain number of kisses on the cheek.
This Time article from 2004 details the specifics, e.g. two kisses in Spain, Austria, and Sweden, vs. three in Egypt, Russia, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and one, two, three, or four in various parts of France (see the cool kissing map for France color-coded by the appropriate number).
Worldhum.com gives this explanation about how it's not really kissing: "In general, gently touching your cheek to your recipient’s while pursing your lips and making a kissing sound does the trick. There’s no rule as to which cheek should get the initial kiss, but people often start the kissing to the right."
They also mention that in France "Among the 20- and 30-something generation it’s pretty much expected to kiss hello, even when meeting friends of friends for the first time."
So anyway, upon arrival, I got three kisses each from three men, and upon departure, another three kisses each from two men and a woman (it just depends who's around at the moment everyone's doing the greetings). I think this is the most I have gotten at one time, so I noticed it.
My favorite person to kiss is David. And my lips actually touch his skin :-)
Non-sequitor: came across this pretty and interesting map of what people call soft drinks in the U.S., by county. Having mostly lived in New England and California, you can see what I call it (but I don't usually drink any).
Had a nice visit with a friend this morning at my house by the fire with coffee / hot chocolate, getting to know each other a bit better. And now to finish the laundry and pack for our trip this weekend to Verbier!
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Hi there! Looked up the soft drink map, and noticed "respondent" was misspelled twice! Ah, the proofreader in me never sleeps! Know you will have a grand time in Verbier! Ski safely all! Love to all, Mom xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx added two more for good measure!
Posted by: Patricia | Nov 20, 2008 3:04:50 PM
I followed the link to the soft drink map and all I see is a map with colored squares and a list of percentages on the bottom right. When I click the map it enlarges slightly. Maybe this is a firefox thing?
Posted by: randall | Nov 20, 2008 3:28:36 PM
oops, never mind. That's what I get for looking at small print too early! Coke, pop and soda, right? Of course in the states we have the inevitable question in restaurants: "will Coke (or Pepsi, depending) be all right?" It amuses me because I always order "Cola" and they still ask the same question and I reply "sure, Coca-Cola (or Pepsi-Cola, depending). Never fails.
Posted by: randall | Nov 20, 2008 3:32:23 PM
Thanks for the drink map! Fascinating!
Posted by: Martin LaBar | Nov 22, 2008 10:24:02 PM