Friday, October 30, 2015

5 Basic Yet Essential Rules of Dating in Europe

dating in europeEach country in Europe has its own set of “dating in Europe” rules, but there are a few general things that foreign men might like to know. We thought so, so we’ve compiled 5 basic yet essential rules of dating in Europe. These rules are specifically for foreign men who want to date European women and we’ve broken them down stages or phase so they’re much easier to understand. Here we go:

Meeting and Making the First Move

Just like in most countries, men are expected to make the first move. There are, however, European countries where women do the approaching. Switzerland is a good example of this as men are more reserved. As for the meeting part, most Europeans don’t really go on dates with strangers. Most people who go on dates know each other from a friend or a friend of a friend. This is not to say, of course, that dating in Europe doesn’t involve going up to a random woman on the street and asking her out. It happens but not often for locals. A foreign man, however, might have better luck in that department.

Places to Date

Remember this because it’s important: dating in Europe is more casual. A date may involve walks in the park or walks from somewhere to a cafe. It could also involve trips to the cinema, an informal dinner and more walks. In some European countries, a potential couple may also go on hikes or go biking. The idea is to make things more casual so you have room to really get to know each other.

The Date

This may be the number one thing on your mind now: who pays? Well, the man offers to pay first but don’t be surprised if the woman thinks it better to go dutch. This is very common during the first date but never forget to offer first. Next up is the way you dress. When you’re not doing anything sporty, make sure that you dress up even a little bit. European women appreciate men wearing something snazzy. Think smart-casual. Now, during the date itself, you might find yourself bombarded with straight to the point banter. It’s natural. European women will tell you exactly what’s on their mind so get used to the idea.

After the Date

So after you’ve had a wonderful meeting and you’ve escorted your European lady to her doorstep, do you kiss or not? It could be a yes or a no. This depends on which country your European woman came from. If she’s from France then go ahead and pucker up, but you also need to remember the significance of a kiss. It could mean that you’re a couple already.

Calling/Texting the Day After

 

There’s much debate to this one. Too early and you might scare off the girl because you’re too clingy. Too late and the girl might just lose interest altogether. Dating in Europe, however, is different because it’s the norm for the man to text or call right away. As a matter of fact, most European men call and text the ladies that they’re interested in quite often.

There you have it. 5 Essential rules for dating in Europe. This doesn’t make you 100% ready for the real thing (the actual date) because there’s more to learn, but it helps in a small way – it gets you started. Apply the rules to your European lady and see if it gets you results.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

5 Differences Sited in the Ukrainian Culture

Every culture in the world is unique in its own. If you want to attract a woman coming from a certain culture, you really have to do your homework and learn as much as you can about it. Learning even small pieces of a certain culture will allow you to have better perspective at how people, coming from that culture, think. And, because we are all for finding love in FSU countries, we’re going to take a look at 5 differences people see in the Ukrainian culture:

Ukrainian cultureSmiles and Handshakes

Don’t take it personally when a Ukrainian doesn’t reciprocate your smile and your handshake. Just like the Russian culture, smiles are reserved for special occasions and friends, and handshakes are just not that customary (especially for Ukrainian women). Remember this next time you meet a Ukrainian lady.

The Guest of Honor and the Gift

When you’re a guest at a Ukrainian household, you can expect that you’ll be the center of attention. You’ll be well taken care of, well fed and well entertained. Great, right? As a form of thanks, well advance thanks, in this case, bring a gift for the keeper of the house or the host before actually staying at the house to show your advance gratitude for the accommodation and hospitality. This is the polite thing to do in the Ukrainian culture as well as in the Russian culture.

Superstition About Almost Everything

You’ve probably already heard this bit. Ukrainians and Russian are very superstitious. It seems like they have a superstitious belief about all the things in their life. Most Ukrainians may seem nonchalant about the whole thing, some may even joke about specific superstitions but, strangely enough, they still avoid whistling indoors and buying an even number of flowers as gifts.

Friend and Acquaintance

In most cultures, the term “friend” or “friends” is considered to have a more general meaning. For example, even if you’ve only known a person for a week, he or she can be considered a friend. It is very different in Ukraine. The term “friend” has a deeper meaning. A Ukrainian can have one or two friends and many acquaintances. You really have to put in a little effort and a whole lot of genuineness in order to become a Ukrainian’s friend, take note.

Educating Children

Most kids in the West have extracurricular activities. It’s the same in Ukraine, but the difference is this: kids have a lot of extracurricular activities. There’s a huge demand for private tutors especially for learning languages. Ukrainian parents tend to want the best education for their children hence they supplement the kids’ schedule with other activities aside from the ones in school. For example, dance, art, music and so on.

A Quick Insight

It might be a quick insight into the Ukranian culture, but it’s an insight nonetheless. If you have a Ukrainian friend, feel free to check on him or her if these are still accurate today. Cultures do evolve and change and that’s why you need to be informed and on your toes about it if you really want to impress and keep a lovely lady from Ukraine.

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