Although it’s hot, hot, hot on the Caribbean island, a date there may be anything but.
So when Andre, a salesman, moved to New York City from Jamaica about three years ago, he quickly learned the new meaning of a “date.” “Back home, a date is just going out with someone — watching a movie, hanging out, getting food — and that’s it,” says the 32-year-old Canarsie resident, who declined to give his last name for professional reasons.
Germans are a lot more direct than New Yorkers, especially in romance, she says.
Dating other single people can be a fun and exciting activity.
“There’s no conversation around like ‘What is this?
’” Often, people meet through friends, even with online dating: “In Greece now, people meet through mutual friends on Facebook, not dating apps,” she says.
“It’s like testing the waters — and if you’re a good dancer it’s an attractive quality.” She also loved that the night really could end with dancing, instead of being expected to take things to the bedroom: “Whether you have sex or don’t doesn’t seem to affect the relationship” she says.
“It’s not a stigma if you wait a few dates.” Jonathan, who moved to Jakarta, Indonesia after living in the East Village in 2013, says moving to a place that was predominantly Muslim made for some challenging cultural differences in dating.
Expats and global travelers say it’s typically harder to date here than anywhere else, given the ultracompetitive environment.