If she doesn't like her job enough to include it as part of the week's "best of,” then you’ve avoided that landmine.It's better to save a common topic for later than remind her of a place she doesn't associate with positive feelings.A girl who wants to hike Kilimanjaro has very different interests than a girl who wants to stay in every seven-star hotel in the world.Look for the deeper information contained in her responses.Travel is a great shortcut to deeper values and priorities.Listen carefully and explore her responses to find new sources of conversation—stories from your past, places you’ve both been, and plans you both share.If you don't truly care about the answer, then any question will fall flat. Avoiding yes or no questions creates organic conversation, and allows you and your date to really get to know each other.Plus, you can tailor any question to avoid the dreaded one-word answer and keep the conversation going so long as you're aware of your phrasing.
And it guarantees that her response will be more than a one-word answer.
You're giving her the opportunity to remember who she was before she got here—and what she liked best about that time in her life—and to share that story with you.
Like all good questions, this one might invite a surprising answer. If she happens to have a negative impression of where she grew up, there's a good chance no first date has given her the simple gift of talking about it—or the opportunity to remember the positive aspects of her childhood.
Either way, you'll discover a ton of interesting personal detail in the process.
This question also gives you an opportunity to compare your own upbringing.