As a foreigner, you’ll encounter all kinds of baffling things abroad. For me in France, la bise tops the list. These pesky French cheek kisses are the norm but as an outsider, sometimes you’ll just be confused… and rightfully so. They ARE confusing.
French cheek kisses: La bise explained
If you’re not familiar with cheek kissing, here’s why la bise can be confusing:
- What side do you start on?
- How many kisses do you do?
- Who do you kiss?
In this hilarious video that’s been circulating on the interwebs, British comedian Paul Taylor points out why la bise is a royal pain in the butt and he nails it on all counts. I wholeheartedly agree (don’t even get me started on when you wear glasses). Oh and if you’re offended by foul language, you may want to skip this.
Hope you loved that as much as I did.