Like there is very little better way to freak out an American than kissing their cheeks. Although that’s a simple/formal hello across most of Europe. The number of kisses denoting the closeness… or importance… of the relationship. .
In the US? Police can be called, and a jury convicting for sexual assault, for what amounts to a handshake.
It’s a strange world.
Yes. Full disclosure, as a British man who has lived in continental Europe for over 20 years I'm accustomed to a kiss on the cheek exchanged with women as it is standard in this part of the continent. It's a handshake upgrade between trusted colleagues or business affiliates. A hug would be a mistake, and for them would I would think feel way too close, forced or overblown.
Back home visiting colleagues in London, out of habit I kissed a female colleague on the cheek with the handshake greeting at a lunch meeting and though she reciprocated I immediately thought it might be a mistake. When we met in a group of her day-to-day office colleagues, I decided on handshake-only out of respect for her social dynamics; she slightly leant in for the cheek and then saw what I was doing. She glanced at her colleagues, and back at me, and nodded in understanding. We're great professional allies to this day.
Back in Europe, I was at the gym this morning while a female cleaner mopped the floor in the male changing room around naked men. I am not kidding, it's standard here and I still find it very weird - I guess because if the reverse was happening in the womens room, it would be stopped immediately by all of us well before any police were called.
This is on topic. The OP wanted physical contact and that is understandable. Physical contact raises the issue of boundaries and sexual relations to be managed very thoughtfully.
I had lunch today with with my male friend. I told him all about what I recently have written about here on other threads: the massive letter I just sent a person who was mean to me when I was a child. I needed to feel our glasses clink, and my friend's handshake. We all need that, in one form or another.