Dancefloor Antics: Argentina, Colombia, Brazil

What you feel before a night out
Argentina: “I’m gonna solve this mystery.”
Colombia: “I’m gonna have a good time. I really should bring a girl with me, though.”
Brazil: “I’m gonna go hunting tonight.”

When the dancing begins
Argentina: 230am
Colombia: 1145pm
Brazil: 7pm, 10pm, 2am, 7am, 11am, 3pm… depends where you’re at

What’s in the air
Argentina: cigarette smoke
Colombia: dry-ice fog
Brazil: anticipation

What on tap
Argentina: $7 for a fernet
Colombia: $7 to share rum and coke with friends
Brazil: $7 for a beer

What’s in front of you
Argentina: social circles smoking
Colombia: social circles sitting down at tables
Brazil: social circles up and mixing together

What’s playing
Argentina: cumbia
Colombia: salsa, merengue, vallentato, reggaeton
Brazil: rock, funk, pagode, forrΓ³

What’s the challenge
Argentina: finding a girl willing to have a conversation
Colombia: finding a girl who didn’t bring her boyfriend
Brazil: finding a girl before she’s snatched up by some other dude

You approach a girl
Argentina: she wasn’t looking at you
Colombia: she was looking at you and you kinda knew it
Brazil: she was looking at you and you knew it

You say something to the girl
Argentina: girl acts like she isn’t listening
Colombia: girl listens for the first 5 seconds and responds if you’re confident
Brazil: girl listens and responds… and smiles if she likes you

If you see skin…
Argentina: it’s a little neck or lower arm
Colombia: it’s a lot of cleavage and/or abs
Brazil: it’s just a hint of everything

When you extend your hand to the girl to dance
Argentina: girl avoids your eyes completely
Colombia: girl looks at your hand, then at your eyes, then accepts (if you’re confident)
Brazil: girl accepts, provided she’s not already into another guy

How close you can dance to the girl
Argentina: respect the personal space!
Colombia: there is basically no personal space.
Brazil: what is ‘personal space’? πŸ™‚

You got moves and are cutting up the dance floor with the girl
Argentina: girl is worried what her friends think
Colombia: girl is worried 1/2 what her friends think and 1/2 what you think
Brazil: girl is worried what you think

What her guy friend does upon seeing you do this
Argentina: cuts in and invites the girl back to her social circle
Colombia: invites you and the girl back to the table
Brazil: would invite you, but is too busy hitting on another girl

While dancing, you smile and pull the girl in close
Argentina: girl turns head and pushes away
Colombia: girl turns head slightly but doesn’t push away
Brazil: girl smiles back and doesn’t push away

You go for the kiss after a few songs
Argentina: girl didn’t plan on kissing tonight
Colombia: girl doesn’t kiss while with friends, but might kiss if you take her elsewhere
Brazil: kissing is like shaking hands… oh, nice to meet you! πŸ˜‰

You walk with her over to her social circle
Argentina: one or two of them say hello, possibly in English
Colombia: all of them greet you with smiles, then invite you to a shot of guaro
Brazil: everyone has already paired off, so there’s not a definite social circle left

You know their language
Argentina: not impressed.
Colombia: impressed, happy… will want to talk to you more.
Brazil: happy, regardless… will want to talk to you.

Your thoughts walking home
Argentina: “Why am I not in Brazil or Colombia?”
Colombia: “I really need to learning salsa and approach during the day.”
Brazil: “Why did I stay out so late, I gotta rest up for tomorrow night!”

  • That was an excellent way of conveying how things work in those 3 countries, Ryan, thank you (and it nicely matches up with what I’ve heard about them elsewhere…god I need to learn Brazilian Portuguese, there just isn’t enough time in the day). Tweeted πŸ™‚


    • Thanks Andrew! πŸ˜€

      PS Methinks if you went all out with your language hacking knowledge, you could get pretty good at Portuguese in 2-3 months.

      • Welcome!

        Oh yeah, if you have half a clue as to what you’re doing and are willing to put in like 8-12 hours a day, you can get to a pretty decent level of conversational fluency in 3 months or so, for sure.


  • Josh

    Hahaha this was a fun post to read, it must have been even more fun doing the research.
    Your writing can’t hide your true feelings, I see where you’ve cast your vote.

    • lol yes, there was an intensive research period prior to writing this post. πŸ˜€

  • Scott

    funny stuff!,,,really enjoying your posts as I am looking to travel to S. America soon.

  • Baobab

    So it looks like Argentina is not the best place to be out in a club and Brazil looks awesome!

  • Andrea

    I liked it! But I definitely agreed. Si Estas en Colombia tienes que aprender a bailar salsa, no hay de otra…

  • Greenguy

    haha I really enjoyed reading your insight information about the different clubs in these countries. This information is worth in gold for a single guy πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • Mitch

    well Ryan, Just wondering.
    I’m Belgian and i’m planning to go on a trip to south america in 2015.
    Still i’m doubting between Brazil & Colombia…
    Which one would you recommend?

    • Can’t go wrong with either one, my man! πŸ™‚