Monday, September 13, 2010

Greetings from the Frog Prince!

All around the world, people have different ways of greeting each other, some use handshakes, some bow, others bump noses.  In Turkey, Merhaba means hello and it's usually accompanied with a kiss on both cheeks.

Kissing friends hello might feel a bit awkward to handshakers, but in Europe and Turkey its not only fashion, its proper etiquette.  Even chic Americans are doing it these days. The closer you are to someone, the more affectionate you can be, even adding an embrace for family.

However, I should warn the ladies about the possibility of overzealous gentlemen -ahem- who might have had a bit more lager than they should. Its nearly impossible to disentangle yourself from them. To avoid situations where they might actually plant one on your lips, always kiss the right side first, then the left.  If you're meeting someone for the first time, or want to send him a message like "back-off buddy", extend your hand for a shake to keep your personal space undefiled.

You might notice I'm implying something here.

Some, OK lots, of Turkish men fall into the same category as other Mediterranean Casanovas. As a foreign woman, I would hesitate to go anywhere alone in Turkey unless I want to be pestered by "helpful" young men, especially if I had blond or red hair. (I guess they're upholding the tradition of the Ottoman Sultans.) Girls blessed with those hair colors are a virtual magnet for attention. 
I had fun with this in chapter one!

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LTM said...

cool--and you know this is true in south La. It's totally commonplace for male-female acquaintences to kiss each other on the cheek as a greeting. I forget when I'm away, and then when I visit or meet La. friends elsewhere, I'm always, "Oh, right!" :D

Hart Johnson said...

Well! I know where I want to head on vacation! As a strawberry blonde pleased to have an entourage this sounds perfect! teehee

It was similar in Mexico (especially far into Mexico), though I haven't been there since I was 20--but very odd offerings... all over. They were particularly impressed with my blue eyes (you can't get those in a bottle, though now I suppose you might be able to get colored contacts)

As for the kissing... good to keep in mind--I definitely want to be chic if is means more kissing...

Carolyn Abiad said...

So glad you ladies are enjoying this...writing to an audience is much more fun!


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