Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Handshake

So when I first came to Ecuador I noticed this handshake that the guys do. And it turns out that EVERYONE does it, or at least knows it. It consists of two basic movements.

1. A horizontal high-five (like a handshake)
2. A fist pound

At the beginning I was trying to do handshakes or a hand slap. After weeks of observing this handshake, I tried my hand at it. I hardly had to do anything. I just put my hand out then formed the fist. It is so great! It's so fluid and natural. At the beginning it was cool because everyone just does it automatically. Now it's normal. Still awesome. Sometimes it's confusing of when to do it and when to just do a normal handshake.

It looks a little something like this:

Practice up. Thanks to my host-brother for the sweet hand poses.


  1. I´m glad you got to try your hand at something new. bahaha