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!
They'd ask my name at the end so that they knew precisely where to mark that 😛 In the first conversation, we talked about how she has to get the train back to Rotterdam so she probably won't be staying too late.
Someone trying to get a date would have found it to be a bust, but I found it to be excellent travel vocabulary practice!
Running now for over 15 years, these parties are social events similar to a private house party held at venues around the local area.
Whether it be a Supper or Wine & Canape Party, the fee is the same - £30.
I actually had little interest in finding the girl of my dreams (I'm leaving in 3 weeks! Doing it in a language I'm not yet fully comfortable in just made it all the more interesting 🙂 I find it incredible when people tell me that they have “nothing to talk about” when they find an opportunity to practice a language, and suggest that all you can do is discuss .
That's much cheaper than the going rate for private conversation lessons!
Onward, and in the second date I started with a merry “So…
[read her name tag] – Why did you decide to go on a speed-date today then?
Dutch culture is different to others I am used to; everyone has been very nice and polite to me, and nobody speaks English to me, but after a brief first conversation they tend to disappear, and there is little hope of seeing them again due to their always packed schedules. Luckily I am finally getting through to some people and starting to socialise properly, hanging out for hours or even almost an entire day, speaking just in Dutch.
But for the most part, when I meet people I tend to have a similar first introduction conversation over and over again.