My friend Sarah and I had been too shy to date anyone during our time studying abroad in Paris, but we felt bold so we wrote out notes in terrible French (“I never do this, but here is my phone number”) and dared each other to give them to the first cute guys we saw.I dropped mine in the lap of a tall blond guy and ran away. He was Swiss-German, on vacation, and didn’t speak English; I had been in France studying abroad for less than two months. I Never Got The Joke: A few years later, I was teaching English in Paris.I am here because of Grindr, the "gay social network app" that has become a required travel tool thanks to its exhaustive global footprint—192 countries in total—and my crippling urge to see all the penises.
“I dated a guy from Belgium who was studying at my school for the year,” says Krystal, a student at the University of Michigan.
Naturally, when we made our initial moves, our heads were full of images of exotic foreign men and exciting adventures.
But, as with many things about living abroad, dating abroad turned out to hold some surprises in store for us.
Some of my greatest discoveries in Belfast have come from going on dates or even trying to find my way to where we were meeting up.
In particular, I remember walking 45 minutes across Belfast to what felt like the very edge of the city to reach some overpriced club for Halloween.