European dating culture
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I've been told that the European attitude and approach to dating is a lot different: there are far fewer "rules" and games, and multi-dating is rare. For any of you who have lived and dated on both continents, is there any advice you can share?
I think there are differences, certainly in US it seems acceptable to 'multi-date' whereas in most European countries there is an assumed commitment to one person when you start dating, dating multiple people is a no go, which has benefits, if you are just dating one person and you are a couple from the off then it's possible to get closer sooner and there is less scope for misunderstandings. I'd agree with wuggle on the multi-dating thing, particularly in the Uk - apart from in the very very early stages of dating, seeing more than one person isn't really tolerated.
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While an accent is a pretty superficial reason to go on a date, at the time it seemed as legitimate of a reason as any.
I was young, and, accent aside, it was exciting to be going on my first date in Paris. When the waiter brought my fish, he informed us that it had been boiled alive. What was I doing making dinner reservations at a restaurant that cooks its fish alive? As we left the restaurant and made our way along the Seine, the icy air whipped us mercilessly.
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years ago that I went on my first date with a French girl.
She was from Brittany and thus had one of those terribly sexy accents that American tourists are always trying to imitate (“Eet woood be a plezzure to join yoo for deener”).