I had only ever seen it on some American TV shows, and not really thought much about it.
I wasn't interested in actually finding a date though.
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!
” Such strange first openers perhaps weren't helping my Ja-quota, but I had nothing to lose!
I told them why I was in Amsterdam, mentioned my travels, and the blog, got to know them too a bit and then the hostess called us all in. For more interesting conversations I needed to find common ground, or talk more about her obviously. ” (I put my actual name in the application rather than the nickname I always go by, in case the speed-date organisers asked to see my ID).
She was very curious though, so I said that I got to this stage by speaking as much as I could, every day if possible, from the very first day.
I should actually be speaking better than this, but not meeting many people so frequently is slowing me down.
I sat down to my assigned table, said that my name was Benny and she said she couldn't see me on her sheet. Being confused about my own name was hardly the best start 😛 I'd make this mistake several times in a row actually!
In later mini-dates, I just started mid-conversation and skipped the boring “Hello, my name is Brendan” intro.