A postcard from Germany

Iris shares a relatable experience, while claiming to have bad English:

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My name is Iris and I’m 18 years old. I would like to tell you about a date last November. It was well caught, but a happy ending did not exist. We had breakfast together (he has naturally invited me) and then he and I have a very nice conversation with his mother (he still lives at home. I also). Then we go into his room and have set ourselve on the couch and watched a season of “The Walking Dead”.

Everything was wonderful, but then a few days later, he was strange to me and then that was over with us…It was a nice date, although there was no happy ending…

PS: Sorry for my bad English, but I hope you understand what I would like to say 🙂

Best wishes,
Iris

Distance travelled: 11,269 miles (18,136 kms)

A Postcard from Canada

Here’s a little story from Toronto, Canada.

New Yorker Postcard

“I’m happy to tell you how I met my wife. It was in Vancouver, where I was getting my master’s degree at the University of British Colombia. I was riding a bus to campus and a woman got on a few stops after I did. She sat down behind me and started reading a book in German. I speak German, so I started talking to her. We hit it off, and the rest is history. That was in 2003. We’re now married and living in Toronto.”

Distance traveled: 2,179 miles

Love Hurts – A Series from Strangers

In this series, Strangers host Lea Thau takes a look at her own life and why she’s struggling to find a partner, including interviewing men she’s dated in the past.

If you’ve ever asked yourself “What’s wrong with me?” after a breakup or a long stretch without a date, these episodes are for you.

Love Hurts 2
Love Hurts 3
Love Hurts 4
Love Hurts – The Follow Up
Love Hurts – One Year Later

 

Another Postcard from Russia

Today’s postcard is another short story from Russia:

Russia Postcard

“My first date and kiss happened July 19, 2015. It was like a holiday romance. My birthday on January 19 and bday of my partner’s – 19 February! I met him, riding a horse! He worked there as an instructor and I love nature and animals. He rolled me in the coach like a princess and then called to meet and take a walk! I wish you a wonderful day!”

Distance traveled: 5,805 miles

The Waxing Virgin

This episode of Strangers tells the story of Becca, who was a virgin in her thirties.

While my parents are a lot more accepting than hers seem to be, I could relate to a lot of her life, from the strict religious upbringing, the feeling of living a double life and the obsession with virginity.

It’s a good story. Strangers, as well as the other podcasts from Radiotopia are well worth a listen.

A word of caution: some of the anecdotes may be overly descriptive for some people.

 

Oops – Part 2

After the first date with Amar, I knew I didn’t want to take things any further. He was a decent guy, but his main interests seemed to be spending time on his computer or going out partying, which didn’t feel like a good fit for me. He was clearly still interested and texted me a few times. Rather than tell him how I felt, I just ignored his texts, leaving him to get the hint. I believe they call this technique the ‘fade out’ in dating jargon.

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Oops

I like to hike and I go reasonably often with groups organized through Meetup.com. On one particular walk, I went with a group of about 12 different people. There were several guys about my age and I talked to most of them along the 3 hour walk. One was a tall Iranian who had recently moved here and was working on his Phd in English literature. Of all the people on the walk, I talked with him the most.

A few days later, I got a message from Amar*. We messaged back and forth a little bit and eventually arranged to meet for drinks after work one evening. I was looking forward to it since he was quite a nice guy and we seemed to have a lot in common.

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