If the majority of my conversations with the Dutch are going to be brief, then I decided to think of a better way to take advantage of these conversations.Speed dating just hit me as the obvious way to test it out, and I found a place that organises it and had a session for 20-35 year olds !But for the most part, when I meet people I tend to have a similar first introduction conversation over and over again.
As you can imagine, she was certainly not speaking slowly for the benefit of foreigners! She pointed out the tables, shown in the photo above, and said that the girls will stay in the same place they are assigned and each time the bell rings, the guys will move up a table.You can tick off “Ja” or “Nee” for if you'd like to see that person again. and stood there wondering what-the-hell I was I doing, when I decided to simply approach a group of guys and girls waiting for us to start and said hi!People were still arriving so she said to wait in the bar and get a complimentary drink. I actually had a good 20 minute conversation with them before the event even started! Even though the speed-dating hadn't really begun yet, I had talked about my blog and travels, so I wasn't allowed to discuss that any more for the rest of the night! The only thing I could repeat were basic things like my name, the fact that I've been in Amsterdam a month, and a casual mention that I'm a writer, without necessarily expanding on it.[read her name tag] – Why did you decide to go on a speed-date today then?” Such strange first openers perhaps weren't helping my Ja-quota, but I had nothing to lose!While I continue to meet people that I Speed dating is a relatively new concept, apparently started by Jewish communities in the late 90s to help shy people pair-off.