So last night we went to a Japanese-type restaurant (not one I would recommend) and we took on the suggestion of a few and challenged ourselves to sit next to each other on the same side of the table.
In the U.S., if a couple is out together, they generally sit across the table from each other. It is deemed better for conversation. But in Brazil, you will most often find couples sitting smack next to each other on one side (oh yes, and making out like the earth was about to be smashed by a giant meteor – we decided to save the public display of affection for another day…).
It was a bit awkward for us, which is funny, because it means my Brazilian husband had this cultural behavior Americanized out of him during his time in the U.S. We managed, twisting ourselves to talk. But our next stop we, without even thinking about it, sat across the table from each other.
I guess some habits (even if reprogrammed ones) are hard to break.