All in all, Latin men make you feel like hope still exists.
On a quest on some lovin’ in the midst of a frigid, endless winter, I recently made my way to Seville, Spain,the rare place in Europe where men don’t treat you like Stan-Smith-comrades-slash-roommates.
Will an invite back to your hotel lead to a night of passion or a slap in the face and a condemnation to the fires of hell for your sinning ways?
Latin America, though, is rightly renowned for its fiery passions and beautiful people, and to miss out on this side of the region’s culture through fear is far more unforgivable than embarrassing yourself with culturally inappropriate body language.
I love me a Latin anything – Mexican food, Peruvian corn, Pisco Sours, Flamenco, you name it.
Never having stepped foot in South America (yet – I’m saving myself), I have successfully outsourced the culture via a number of crazy Latino friends, as well as the other national treasure that this part of the world to offer – Latin men have led to some of the more exciting adventures of my young life.
Lastly, there was the suave Peruvian we appropriately nicknamed Juan Pablo, who, in his brief moment of courtship, treated me better than any other guy ever did. They make you feel like a woman, and an attractive one at that.
They are the closest one will get to a Jewish man without the Mamma’s Boy syndrome, or a Russian without the accompanying prejudices and closed-mindedness.
Much to my joy, each point in this article could be illustrated with a Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz photo. My friend and I had barely stepped foot on the Seville soil when something beautiful happened – we got catcalled! What my so-called “1950’s housewife wannabe” alter ego loves the most about Latinos, is that they take care of you.
So, to guide you through this minefield, Nearshore Americas caught up with some American and British expats, currently living in Latin America, to seek their advice on the ways of cross-cultural Latin love.
For the business-tripper looking for love, the first challenge is knowing where to look.
On the flip side, you now have a new concern, as Latin men actually expect you to look like a woman.
Hence, dressing for a date entails putting in somewhat of an effort, i.e. If you’re dead set on crew-neck sweaters, go for the French.
Never let a woman pay, even if said woman is merely a friend. Perhaps slightly less macho than the rest of them..