People here aren’t scared to express themselves,” said James.
For foreign women, dancing presents a similar opportunity but also a dilemma – who asks who?
An aversion to either may well be interpreted as a lack of interest – or worse.
Maintaining Distance However, while a critical part of flirting, you should avoid reading too much into the hand on your knee or the lingering gaze, according to James.
But if a guy did that in the States I’d be like ‘you’re pathetic’.” Once contact has been made with the object of your desires, you are running a whole new cultural gauntlet – one in which body language can play a bigger role that what you actually say.
The key differences for travelers from more ‘distant’ cultures are in the Latin approach to eye contact and physical contact – lots of both.
While the relative calm of a laid-back cocktail bar might appeal, the best approach is to head towards the sound of a pounding salsa beat and shuffling couple feet, according to James Flood, a 30-year-old British who has had numerous romantic (or so he claims) dalliances with local Latinas in his travels in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba and Colombia.
Salsa Dance “Get a couple of basic salsa lessons – seriously,” he advised.
’ game can be a lot easier to play in Latin America.
“(Men here) are definitely intimidated by me,” she added.
For some Latin men, these differences can be quite a shock, Georgina 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?