Dating dating in europe
If you’re headed abroad for a semester, or already are abroad (lucky you!
), one of the first things you’ll probably notice is that many European men are different from our typical American boys.
Along with tips from a few of our Campus Correspondents who’ve traveled abroad, you’ll have those Parisian men lining up to buy your next café au lait in no time. Don’t be surprised if, while you’re out to lunch with friends, a guy strikes up a conversation, or asks for your number.
When it comes to meeting guys in Europe, a croissant bakery is often just as good a place as a dance club.
“In France, we try to be romantic, so the guys try to find a good place to [meet],” Antoine Vasseur, 21, of France says.
“It can be a nice restaurant, a bar, or a café.” Antonin Genot, 21, also of France agrees that women want to be treated like princesses.
European guys “pretend to be him, the man from fairytale,” Antonin says.
They “make sweet attentions, surprises, dinner, are funny, look at her, listen to her, and are deeply interested in what she says.” To keep this romantic feel to getting to know someone, cafés and restaurants tend to be less of just places to grab a bite, as in America, and more of casual meeting spots. Once the sun goes down, the meeting hot spots shift from the cute, casual, cafes to the more energetic bar and pub scene.
In terms of dating, “this might be the biggest difference between our countries,” Antoine says. It will likely be less “romantic”, but, if you get lucky on your friend’s pub choice, there will be plenty of potential foreign men to chat with.
Declan Cullen, 26, of Ireland says, “there are plenty of restaurants, shops, museums, music venues, not to mention the city centers in general, where there are guys queuing up to ask out foreign girls.” Of course you can always meet guys at clubs, but if you’re looking for that true European dating experience, grab a book and pull up a chair at a café. After studying abroad in London, with travels to Paris, Ireland, Scotland and Amsterdam, HC Campus Correspondent for The College of New Jersey, Jessica Corry, says, “the pub and bar culture is huge and it's not unusual to grab dinner in a pub then bar hop the rest of the night away.” One difference, Jessica says, is that it’s not necessarily about consuming as much alcohol as possible. “Not only does this mean you get to explore a lot of different venues, but it increases the amount of people you meet in one night and the chances someone will catch your eye,” says Jessica.
Declan, of Ireland, says since the drinking age is 18, much more activity is centered around bars and pubs.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating