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That´s all well and good until you have to dodge the obligatory goodnight kiss. Drink like a fish and there will be no Latin loving later.
6 - Play up your non-crazy side Most Pablitos who have been around the block will have come across their fair share of drama with local señoritas – think Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and you´ll get the picture.
Whether or not you're Latina or not, there are some things that come with the territory of dating a man of the Latin persuasion.
On the one hand you don´t need word reference to send a Whatsapp message to them, on the other hand beware of the immature travelling type who will not only avoid commitment with any woman, but also be incapable of simple tasks like wearing a pair of matching socks or having a bank account.
When Sally, a Brit, arrived in Madrid five years ago she had the rather unrealistic expectation that Javier Bardem lookalikes would be queuing up to sweep her off her feet. Now in her early 30s and a seasoned veteran of the dating scene she tells the Local how to avoid the pitfalls of a Spanish mummy´s boy and the perils of communicating through the language barrier.
Here are Sally´s top ten tips for navigating the perilous path to true love in Spain.
Latin American guys are good for this reason (though wrong for so many others). These places are sweaty, sleazy pulling fests where the weak do not survive.
Beware of guys who are looking for a ‘2 for 1’ bonus of sex with you and free English classes. if your Spanish level isn´t great, you could end up dating a boring loser and not even realize until he has cleared out a drawer for you in the wardrobe of his mum´s house where he lives.
When it comes to who pays, I have seen both ends of the spectrum from the stingiest to the most generous.