I've already mused about the highs and lows of dating, but at the time, I had no idea how much more interesting the experience would get when living in a foreign city. And boy, is it. I've got stories upon stories! Recently, I've also become comfortable with the idea of publicly share them. Please note that I'm by no means suggesting my personal experience is any indication of anything besides entertainment. Enjoy ;).
a class in London for two days of professional networking and another two days of city exploring. In between the two, my friends and I decided to go out. We began at The Experimental Cocktail Club with pricy and perfect cocktails. After talking amongst ourselves for a few hours though, we decided we were in the mood to mingle. We tried to go into pub after pub for a more casual environment. I use the word "tried" because most pubs close their doors after midnight. Nearly defeated, we walked back to our hotel, and only then stumbled upon the most random corner bar. It was a good time. I ended up chatting with a junior doctor from Belfast who was curious as to how I'd be spending my tomorrow in London. He took me out for dinner and drinks that next night. It was nearly as random as my date in Sausalito but an even better (times infinity) date. So much so that we've still kept in touch as friends.
Date #3: French guy. Out for a late night drink with a girlfriend of mine in early November, we bumped into one of her French friends in the company of his friends and cousin. They soon joined us at our table. Fast forward about six hours and I realized I'd been chatting with my friend's friend's cousin for about four of them. He was cute and the conversation had obviously been good, so I agreed to a bet I knew I'd win which resulted in him having to buy me a drink a few weeks later. We ended up bar-hopping in the 9th. It wasn't not a nice evening, but the long nature of the date provided enough time for me to hear all about his girlfriend who he'd previously been in an open relationship with for six years and only three weeks before had taken a break from. Note: this does not mean they were broken up. We, um, didn't hang out again.
Although dating in a foreign city makes for better stories, successful outcomes still depend on chance, compatibility, and, of course, the ability to communicate :). Safer bets are surely dinner dates with friends; especially when that friend is Edna and she's introducing you to the deliciousness of Sichuan cuisine.