Nice to meet you I said right before I kissed his left cheek. I went in for the obligatory second and final kiss on his right cheek. Contact! Another successful euro double kiss I thought to myself as I started to pull away. But wait, at the very same time that I was pulling away he went in for, gasp, a THIRD kiss! What was he doing I thought to myself. Did I just make a social mistake that I would not be able to recover from? Confused and not sure what to do, I started to greet the other people as if nothing happened. Quickly adapting, I made sure to follow the lead of the second person I was greeting and successfully made three cheek contact. Three people, 9 kisses and several minutes later I was embarrassed, exhausted and still confused.
I learned later that Swiss custom dictates that the typical euro double kiss morphs into a triple kiss in
I wanted to share just one of the many subtle, yet important cultural lessons that I encounter and must navigate every day. Kiss, Kiss………..Kiss!