In the UK, I would think we are quite chilled about the whole dating business.

We take it very casually and our parents are normally fi ne with us going out on dates.

Originally based on material contained in the "Put Your Best Foot Forward" series of books by Mary Murray Bosrock.

Dating abroad can feel like " ("Is it true what they say about black men? In Buenos Aires, where there were so few black men, the curiosity, though crudely expressed, was understandable.

Then the ice-breaking question became a recurring theme in pretty much every city I visited and lived in, including Cape Town, where black men outnumber white men by a considerable margin.

Argentine businesswomen are similar in status to North American businesswomen.

Adapted from material compiled by Window on the World, a cross-cultural training and consulting firm.

Predominantly Catholic (93%), families are highly valued and hold conservative values.

Meeting and Greeting Especially for Women While machismo persists in Argentina, it is being challenged and women are gaining visibility and influence in politics and business.

Eight years, eight cities: Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Bangkok, Berlin, Rome, Tel Aviv, Cape Town and Sydney, where I just relocated for a new job.

And what do I have to show for all that time spent living outside the U. The list goes on, but here are some highlights: at least twice as much romantic drama (and comedy) in half the time I spent in New York City, at least two books (the first, , is out Nov.

4), and at least five valuable lessons in love and lust. A man is a man is a man -- no matter where you meet him.