By Nexus
May 27, 2019

Blind Date

She’s a wholesome European lass, here to experience the nature, hiking trails, and quite possibly the males of Aotearoa. With this marking the final semester of her exchange, there’s no time to lose. He’s a mechanical engineer who’s a slave to three-night Ham East benders and the black coffee grind; he’s the kind of rare specimen that’s never even watched an ep of Game of Thrones. Will this be the exchange romance worthy of nostalgic stories for years to come?

As a consequence of one late Saturday night, I one day received an email about going on a
blind date…

Even though I was surprisingly calm before the date (the glass of wine was totally unrelated), I worried about two things:
1. That the guy would be many years younger than me (maybe not very progressive,
but that would definitely be awkward for me).
2. Him bringing friends, because I’ve already read some horror stories about that.

Luckily, none of those things happened and the date was off to a good start. The conversation was flowing naturally and everything was good. As it turned out, we both love dogs which I think is always a good topic of conversations. However, a conversation that I usually try to avoid having when I first meet someone is what kind of food I choose to eat. It was not completely unrelated to the conversation, but I was still really taken aback when he popped the question: “YOU’RE NOT A VEGAN, ARE YOU??”

I guess you could say that in fear of letting the date just die right there, I kind of lied. Not my proudest moment, but I still don’t regret that decision. Full disclaimer: Besides the two bites of cheese I’ll have a year, I guess I am. It’s funny how I really must have not lived up to your preconceptions, but I am happy to show you that we’re actually not all alike. Besides from that, I had a great night and I am not opposed to the thought of going on another blind date in the future.

Has anyone else dreamt of meeting a nice, cute, blonde European girl? I certainly have...

When I rocked up to house, there she was, beating all expectations. She was a mix of Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake, a true stunner. Even better, she had already eaten, so I knew we were on the same page and that the bar tab was going to be put to good use.

The night got off to a great start, the conversation was flowing and we were getting on like a house on fire. However, what my wildest dreams had never considered, and what I had never thought about, was the logistics behind dating a nice, cute, blonde, European girl. No matter how amazing, try holding a conversation in English with one. Have you ever tried to read the authentic menu at a Thai BYO? This was no different. As the drinks flowed on, both our English got worse, mine turning into a slur, and hers turning into French, what a loss. I think she has three mothers and a pet monkey?

Coming to the end of the night, she informed me she had just moved out of her flat, and had no where to stay. Being the gentleman I am, I ordered her an Uber and sent her to her friends house. All in all, an absolute laugh, awesome girl and a great night, thanks NEXUS!'

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