Sometimes I walk on the streets of Tel Aviv and I see those happy couples, holding hands, reminding me of Marshall and Lily. While I continue my walk - most likely to grab something to eat - I keep asking myself: How?
There are two kinds of people: those who can flirt with someone at a bar, those who aren't brave enough or are just not successful in their attempts. I belong to the second group.
That said, I decided to use the easiest way to meet people: Tinder. Yes, people will judge you by your looks, but the same happens in real life situations, don't fool yourself.
"But Tinder is not for relationships". I'm aware of that! Nevertheless, Tinder dates (Israelis or not) make sure to emphasize this part over and over again.
Not all experiences are the same and I'm not sharing each one of them.
1- Don't expect anything. From the place of the first date to you marriage, just let it flow. He can take you to a fancy restaurant, or invite you straight to his place (that he shares with roommates because, well, rent is expensive).
2- Meeting his parents is not a big deal. I talked to some people and, apparently, this is pretty common around here, so don't worry!
3- Even if you are not in a relationship, they make sure to break up with you somehow. Ghosting hasn't arrived in Israel yet and I've never been so happy.
4- Go easy on Tinder, it's highly addictive (especially in Israel). If someone interests you, either you go out in the week after you first started chatting or you probably will never see him in your life.
5- It happened to me and it happened to my friends. He can tell you he doesn't want a relationship, but one week after dumping you he can change his Facebook status to "In a relationship".
6- Cultural differences: Depending on where you are from, these differences can be extreme. Apparently, Brazilians and Israelis have much in common, but be careful: don't show concern.
7- Non-Israelis can act like Israelis in this country. The stories are pretty much the same. Shouldn't I be writing an article about men?
8- Israelis are so sociable that they will talk to you while you are just trying to get home. Sounds really invasive, but it's actually fun. Usually they'll try to make you laugh and get your number.
9- Israel is a small country and Tel Aviv a smaller city. We all hope not to have an extremely weird date or breakup.
I hope this can be useful for you, dear reader. Good luck and have fun here!
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