Two Kisses from French Girls is Required

I was at a party last night, and as I was introduced to a French girl, she kissed me on the cheek and started to walk away, I said,
"I need two, you are French."
She came back, and said,
"I am sorry."
And she kissed me on the other cheek.

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Sunday, April 18, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Often my life is like a movie, beautiful people surround me, and I must say thank you, I am a lucky man. I am a global citizen. I sat at the table last night, looking at the sky, wishing the rest of the world could be so lucky.

I have to ask myself,
"Why was I invited to a party on top of the world?"
"Why do I know I deserve two kisses from all the French Girls?"

Two Kisses from French Girls is Required


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I guess you're liking living in San Pedro?

I dont know why people like traveling so much )

Have fun!

Why did i invited you to my party?
Because i really enjoy your company!!!!
It was a pleasure to have you!

what do you want to say? or just show how is you a lucky man.

I am not lucky because I got two kisses, I am a lucky man because I understand that French culture gives two kisses. I also know in Thailand that I am suppose to give a high Y as a form of respect and in the USA I shake their hand with a firm grasp and look them in the eyes.

Do you know how to say hello to your world properly?

Finally forwarded your blog adress to a few hundred of my yahoo contacts so hope your readership gets a bump. Will do the same with our msn contacts soon. So here's one for you which nationality says hello or goodbye with 3 kisses? the Dutch? or Danish? or ? It's great to cross paths with people at private parties you share a similar mindset and enhance your energy.

Guess I still feel more comfortable with hugging friends than the European habit of kissy cheek. Still find giving firm handshakes and eye contact a way of getting my first impression of someone I meet or am introduced to at any social gathering. On our last trip to Hawaii to visit our daughter we were introduced to a 30 y.o. guy she was dating who gave the limpest handshake I can remember so before leaving I couldn't help sharing the fact with our daughter and the impression it gave me. I was happy to hear a few weeks later she stopped dating the guy.

In some areas of France, it's 3 kisses or even 4 and sometimes, it's a social thing when saying hello like "Oh 3 kisses ? Where are you from ?" "In my hometown it's actually 4..." etc. etc.
(I'm French so it's firsthand cultural info)

Andy, I think you said somewhere in your blog you weren't aiming to please when writing. I read extensive parts of it these last few weeks. Very thought-provoking, in subtle ways, sometimes days after reading a particular post. How often does that happen in a world of immediate gratification ?
Keep on not pleasing and feeding thoughts in your own unique style.

Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) wrote a verse that comes to mind: All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.


I had a friend say, you are trying to provoke, while in reality I believe honest thoughts are provocative, I am honest, therefore I am inherently provocative, I am trying to be honest, seems to be as rare as common sense.

Yes that's how I meant it. The fact that your thoughts are honestly yours and yours alone (not what a reader might either expect or want to read on a travel blog) is precisely makes your blog food for thought. In a rare and interesting way.

I particularly enjoyed your vision of Togo.

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