Orient expat dating
On the contrary, rising to the challenges of a solo life abroad can be a tremendous confidence boost.
"The years I spent single in Asia and Africa were by far the most rewarding years of my life," says Nicki, who taught abroad solo for over a decade before meeting her fiancé in Jakarta.
Other common sources of guy angst: Asian partners who expect financial support early in the relationship and peer pressure to engage in high-risk sexual behavior.
As Carl sums it up, "Many men come to realize the ‘paradise’ is an illusion." "Despite the rhetoric, there are quality single people all over [Asia] looking to connect with others of similar value.
Seriously, I'm home now and I really regret not being more adventurous over there." — Sarah (Teacher and volunteer, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Kyrgyzstan) "Treasure the time you have as a single in Asia.
Many of our expat readers tell us it’s hard to get romantically involved with an Austrian - as they tend to be reserved and conservative.
If you’re in Vienna, and looking for something a little different than your usual restaurant, Barbara Cacao recommends the privacy of Mezzanin 7. Austrians are generally fans of punctuality - or Pünktlichkeit. Think sexy but mysterious, and a little conservative. Once you have met an Austrian man, they tend to be chivalrous - taking your coat for you, and opening doors and so on. Katia Farias, a Brazilian journalist and blogger who lives in Vienna warns that it may take some perseverance to snag an Austrian man as they are hopeless at flirting and tend to give off an “I’m not interested” signal.
It’s usual that the guy will pay for romantic dinners and drinks, especially on Valentine’s Day. This is where it can be handy to learn some German - Austrians often don’t want to look stupid and may be shy about speaking English - so learning a few cheesy chat-up lines like "Ich möchte dich nicht dumm anmachen, aber ich hätte nichts dagegen, wenn du es tust" could be a game changer. Some of our readers tell us that despite that initial shyness Austrians are more willing than some more conservative cultures to move on from the kissing and the cuddling and into the bedroom. Austrians are famed for their sweet tooth and fabulous cakes and pastries. Read up on some of the Austrian literary greats to impress your date.
Sex on a first or second date will not be held against you, but that said, don’t get your hopes up. A fail-safe option for a gift on Valentine’s day or any special occasion. Treat your sweetheart to Imperial cakes in the palatial yet intimate atmosphere of Gerstner’s Salon Privé. We suggest Stefan Zweig or Arthur Schnitzler - the latter’s books are famous for their erotic references, and Stanley Kubrick’s movie Eyes Wide Shut is based on Schnitzler's Traumnovelle. Sadly, some Austrian men can be a bit “unreconstructed” and haven’t quite caught up with the notion of feminism.
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A is for adhering to tradition Vienna native and blogger Barbara Cacao says that for Valentine’s Day “Austrian women expect flowers and chocolate at the very least. Most male other-halves need years of training to meet their wives' or partners' expectations..I think Austrian women are patient and persevere.” B is for Bubbles. So the onus might be on you to make the first move. Coffee just doesn’t cut it for a romantic date, especially on Valentine’s Day. Winters are cold in Austria, and women tend not to reveal too much flesh on a date.