Dating customs of spain

28 Mar

A year ago I still had a flip phone and spent my summer days picking blackberries and watching my mother garden.

Now I not only own a smartphone, but have downloaded the dating app Tinder. For those few remaining saints who aren’t familiar with such superficiality, Tinder locates the guys or gals in your area, shows you a few pictures, and you swipe right if you’re interested, left if you’re not.

If they too swiped right for you, you can initiate a chat, with such engaging first lines as “Hey! ” It has a reputation as a hook-up app, though many people (yours truly) really do use it with the intention of dating and meeting people. It took several months of convincing by friends, along with one foolproof national study of Basques as the anti-flirt, for me to download it.

Plus, I justify it with the fact that if Basques truly are so hard to meet, then the ones who sign up for Tinder are merely the 1% of the population that are extroverts, not total creeps.

While some Spaniards may fit this profile, the Spanish customs surrounding dating, courtship and marriage actually encourage a couple to take their time and make sure they are right for one another.While out with my new Spanish girlfriends at a local bar, it didn’t take long for me to notice Señor Guapo perched front and center with his friends. ” My friend Laura grasped my shoulder with as much force as her tiny frame would permit.Every few minutes, he threw me a sly smirk to let me know that he had noted my entrance. ”) The man’s once-flirtatious eyes opened wide as if he were shocked that I could speak. “Don’t you know that if you approach a man, you are seen as easy game? ” Laura, I believe, most closely represents the prototype of a “traditional” Spanish woman: She prepares herself for an evening stroll as if getting ready for prom night, she never allows her “availability status” to last longer than her previous relationship, and she profusely fans herself to prevent the sweat marks that are the inevitable result of Málaga’s 90-degree afternoons.Thinking I was starting to get the hang of things, I even refused to give Estebán my number. I recently moved to Barcelona to do my Ph D and have joined a few online dating sites. Knowing how macho Spaniards can be I would take the labrador In my case I met the Spanish lady of my life by taking her to a quite bar and chatting about the world while the world cup final was on. I recently moved to Barcelona to do my Ph D and have joined a few online dating sites.