Greetings / Courtsey, Monterrey
Men and women greet, as do women, with a kiss, right cheek to right cheek. Men shake hands in any maschination of ways. It is interesting to see youth, with no adults around, greet each other in this way. It is a custom they like and use everyday. It is much more formal and yet informal, friendly, than greetings in America (unless among friends or family of course). But this tip is just to let you know what to expect when you meet someone in Monterrey, or in Mexico.
These are typical greetings and sultations. The translations are less literal and more "general meaning."
Buenas (tardes, dias, noches) (afternoon, day, night)
Que honda? What´s goin´ down?
Que pasa? What´s going on?
Que tal? What´s up?
Que esta arriba? What´s up?
Mucho gusto. Pleased to meet you.
On the phone:
la vista I see you again
1. learn at least a few basic Spanish phrases, you would be surprised how much it is appreciated.
1a. In conjunction with that, try not to act like an American if you are one. Behave yourself and do not assume you know the best way to get things done.
2. After you established any type of relationship it is customary for men and women and women and women to kiss each other on meeting. Hugs between men are very customary.
It is customary, when walking, to place the woman closer to the building and the man closer to the road. If the woman walks closer to the road than the man, or on the road-side of the sidewalk, that can mean that the man is advertising the woman (as a prostitute). Women walking together need not worry about this so much. And men need not worry at all.
Not every place takes any currency but Mexican, but most places take credit cards! Saying good day, good morning, good evening, is always a good way to begin any conversation, in any country. Tipping is generally 10%, but I personally have a problem with that. So, treat people how you would like to be treated, and you should have a marvelous time!