Spain dating etiquette

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The Brit eerily reminded me of myself—she ate quickly, washed her food down with beer, and generally wasn't too concerned about how she might look to the outside world, let alone me.

The American, with seemingly impeccable etiquette, ate slowly and cautiously, ensuring the kale salad she was munching on didn't wrap around her big, pearly white teeth.

I've always loved this approach: under-sell, over deliver.

This does not happen in American culture, where women rarely make fun of themselves.

Similarly, American girls are much more lavish in their approach to life; and this includes the restaurants and hotels they expect to be taken to.

Money and salary is brought up frequently, and name dropping is prevalent in a good portion of conversations, especially in Los Angeles where status is paramount.

British girls, meanwhile, do not spend the same amount of money on themselves as American girls, nor do they expect you to spend a lot on them.

There is more emphasis on "keeping up appearances," especially on the West Coast where I have been living for the past six months.In the UK, girls are open with their parents about sex and dating. Girlfriend number three, who came from a conservative family, would often talk about the importance of transparency and honesty, but would lie to her parents about where she was staying, afraid of what they might think of her.I've never known a British girl unable to openly talk about who she is sleeping with.Not everything over there is fully functional yet, and the internal links still point to this blog, and will for the indefinite future.So all the old material will be left here for archival purposes, with comments turned off.

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