I had spent a full weekend going to bars and clubs, and was not chatted up even once. “It doesn’t seem like people here really flirt with each other,” I tell them. That’s not going to happen.” Pauline agrees, “Yeah, no, it’s never going to happen.” Gus and Adela both recount experiences of having men ask them for their business card at work and asking them out via text, email, or Facebook later. Pauline explains, “It’s like Scandinavia – people make the move very quickly from dating to moving in together but the way to even getting together is like…

it doesn’t happen.” They explain that from their perspective, becoming a couple in Berlin is a mysterious transition in which you’re friends for a while and then somehow you’re just together.

over…what’s the word – you know in NYC there’s just a million cute, smart girls everywhere.

“The gay scene is like three-fourths of the dating scene here,” Gus says, “It’s really nice here to be gay. That’s more about gay culture than Berlin culture.” So finally I ask, “So Berlin sucks for single girls basically? “But once you find a guy, he’s going to treat you super well.” “Is that a German cultural thing? “Yeah, I think so, I’ve heard German girls here say that American guys are awful because they string them along,” She replies.

So, German guys may not play flirtatious games up front, but then they don’t play games once they’re in a relationship either.

I guess it’s a fair tradeoff – albeit a much more practical and much less fun one.

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Gus is from the States, Pauline grew up in Paris, and Adela grew up in Tel Aviv. I’d had some frankly very boring experiences out in Berlin the two nights prior. I mean, sure, Germans have a reputation as cold and machine-like, but really? People just don’t care who you are,“ Pauline explains. You dance by yourself.” That’s what it felt like inside the clubs so their explanations made a lot of sense. “All of my friends here who are single are really like desperate. She says she had never heard of anyone going on a date.

People don’t talk to each other in Isn’t that the point of going out? And Adela agrees, “Yeah, they’re just like okay, let the girl be there. Gus says she could think of one friend of hers that she knows who has gone on a date, “but it’s not like you can sit in a café here and have some guy come give you his number. ” says Gus, Pauline laughing in agreement on her right.

You probably know a few couples that seem to fit together perfectly; the ones that get along like friends, but have that extra spark that keeps them connected as a loving pair.