you’ll know a few simple truths: one, this is not just a tourist city, it’s home; two, commuting is terrible; and three, it’s possible that dating in Los Angeles is even worse.
In Los Angeles, the hardest part is picking a beach: do you head along PCH in search of a great drive and the views at somewhere like El Matador State Beach or do you play it safe, opting for the popular shores of Hermosa Beach or Santa Monica Pier?
While many Americans come to Paris because of love, I came, in part, for the possibility of finding it.
In New York, where I’d lived before moving to Paris, kissy faces were reserved for further along in the relationship — you know, like post-marriage.
), but when it comes to finding more than momentary love, dating here can be a little tricky.
Between the constant swiping, random dick pics, terrible first dates, and expensive cab rides home, New York can tire out even the most dedicated dater.
If in New York you play hard to get, sparking chemistry through coyness, here in Paris, a second date at his house for dinner is par for the course.
The mix of laissez-faire attitude and unabashed attention can be baffling for an American more used to the game of Do You Like Me? It’s like you skip courtship and go directly to coupledom shortly after exchanging texts.
When I showed up for my date with Marcel, for example, part of me thought he might actually have a bouquet of flowers with him — that’s how over-the-top Romeo he’d seemed.
I was relieved that he skipped the roses; this may be Paris, but it’s not a Woody Allen movie.
And not having to wonder when to send the next text or if it’s too soon to sleep with him? “In Paris, guys are much more likely to be upfront with you, which is a relief,” says Cole. S., there’s this stigma that if you sleep with someone too soon they’re not going to like you.
Whereas here, if you like each other, you sleep with each other.
He did, however, begin caressing my forearm before we even ordered wine.