But knowing some of the cultural differences – who makes the first move, kissing on a first date, how soon to call after a date – may help you avoid awkward situations, or at least stop you from getting hurt or hurting someone else unintentionally.
In Europe, getting to know someone romantically is fairly laid back.
I have just met a Swiss girl in Australia whom I really like. I would love to ask her out, but do not know how to go about it. Are swiss girls very different in their expectations of men as, say, Australian girls? To review the Trip Advisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.
Are the Swiss generally against long distance relationships (like Australians)?
For French men, it's all about the chase, and playing ‘hard to get' is part of the game.
People don't tend to go on ‘dates' with complete strangers but instead often get to know someone who's already in their circle or the friend of a friend, and then it ‘just happens' and they decide to go out together alone. There aren't too many rigid rules, either: "In the Netherlands there are no set rules – you might do all or nothing on the first or tenth date," and, "the timescale between the first date and having sex in France could be anything from 20 years to 20 seconds," said European expats.
Of course, every relationship is different and how yours develops will depend on who you both are and the chemistry between you.If you like each other, you'll probably find a way to make it work, regardless of any cultural variations.