Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_input. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_spinner. You want to be that couple making out on the Metro. You want to be holding hands and taking walks by the beach.
Really though, it can be very lonely in a new country. If you’re single now and/or been single for a while, obviously it’s time to look at a little strategy.
It’s a new culture, a new experience, and sure, maybe you have a few friends, but I heard a good line once, “I’m just so bored of wasting my time; love and death are always on my mind.” Maybe an exaggeration, but obviously there’s some truth to it. So, a strategy for love in Spain; let’s start with your goals.
While Tinder has not led me to lifelong love, it has opened my eyes to several hurdles that cross-cultural dating in Spain and/or full-on relationships could present.
Though I’ve since stopped using it, I thought I’d take the opportunity to shine some light on some cultural questions that came up during my experiences meeting people through the app.
Do you want a little snoggin’, a little companionship, a friend, a lover, or even a spouse? This is essential, not only for dating, but for finding work and practically everything else here. I know this sounds bad, but this is continental Europe , and Spain is one of the world’s fashion capitals. Don’t feel like you have to change yourself or your image; you’re foreign and that will get you far.
Some people are definitely looking to get hitched, despite the divorce rate these days (which, is coincidentally only 17% in Spain compared to over 50% in the UK , USA , Canada and Australia). Picture this for a moment: you’re having a drink at the local establishment, a gorgeous Spaniard walks into the room… (don’t forget: Spain is ranked second last in the EU with their English skills) It’s tough to introduce yourself and meet people in your home country, let alone in your new country. Just keep the fashion thing in mind - indulge in a little shopping on some of the fantastic high streets and shops.
Thus, I’d like to continue my series of Americans dating Spaniards with Lauren, from Spanish Sabores. My name is Lauren Aloise and I am a 25 year old expat living in Madrid.
Like many Americans I came to Spain to teach English as a Language Assistant.
I should mention that all the guys I met in person were really nice.
I didn’t have any fantastic or horrible experiences, and that what I’m about to say is a massive generalization (and particularly directed at Basque Country, not all of Spain).
A year ago I still had a flip phone and spent my summer days picking blackberries and watching my mother garden.