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When I went to England I noticed that people would apologize or even freak out if they as much as touched my little finger. At first I thought that maybe I was putting people off, but later it was explained to me that English people are just incredibly nervous about touching people they don't know very well.

I've been to conventions in quite a few countries by now, and England is the only country where most people asked for a handshake rather than a hug. :XD:

2nd March 2012


19 F
20 days ago #9268169        

hahaha have you been to Finland? most of them aren't big on hugs either

1 month ago #9259098        

Here we dont really apoligezie when someone accedentily touches you or bumps in to you, unless it might have herd. So yea.

1 month ago #9257748        

In Serbia, hugs are deserved, handshakes are for anybody :D
When you bump into someone on the street, usually there's no reaction, people are used to that as it happens quite often :D


19 M
2 months ago #9253985        

yeah, if you accidentally bump into someone, you apologize around here. Hugs are dished out more readily as a sign of camaraderie though.

3 months ago #9226914        

Pretty much the same here, we want our personal space! Whenever we so much touch someone we don't know we apologise right away :XD:

4 months ago #9206794        

In Mexico we hug the ones we know and give one kiss in the cheek and a handshake for those we just met. I have several Swedish friends how used to laugh at me saying that the kiss on the cheek is a French thing we shouldn't be imitating; they just greeted me with a kiss and a hug in my birthday, otherwise, there was an awkard wave :')


22 F
5 months ago #9191929        

In America, you get an apology if someone just walks by you too closely without even touching you.

5 months ago #9190958        

It's similar here, people apologizing to me constantly if they bump into me. I think it may be because I am very tall and they're intimidated because they don't quite apologize as much to others. I couldn't care less about it though.

5 months ago #9189809        

I don't know if it's a Canadian thing or just the places I've been, but we are big huggers... In Quebec they do the hug cheek kiss kiss too....

(I've lived in Ottawa and Vancouver, and my entire dad's side of the family is from Montreal, and my Step-dad's is from Quebec city... oh and Ottawa is right on the border of Ontario and Quebec, so I know/see a lot of Quebecors. Vancouver was surprisingly 'friendlier' (as in I couldn't just ride the fricken bus without SOMEONE striking up a conversation with me >.>) than Ottawa though. New friends would start hugging me after first meeting, whereas in Ottawa it's after a little bit - depending on how you met)

Oh and I've been all over Alberta on vacation... Oh I lived there, I was born there but we moved to Gatineau (city on the Quebec side of the ON/QC border) when I was 3 so.... And my mom's family is all from the Maritimes, so I know those guys are huggy and friendly too, especially newfies....

5 months ago #9188525        

I definately prefer handshakes to hugs. Unless I know them well. And know they'll be fine with it. And know that no-one will judge me...but thats just what we're like here. :)

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