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It’s hard out there when it comes to dating, but it’s not all doom and gloom: that’s the picture The Local found as we investigated what it’s like for internationals forming relationships in Germany, whether it’s hook-ups, marriage or lasting friendships. Lost in translation For Trish, a Los Angeles native, Berlin is like “Never Never Land” when it comes to romance.There are 20.5 million single people in Germany, with many looking for love. “People move here for different reasons,” the 28-year-old tells The Local. This Berlin lifestyle of freedom and openness I think makes it difficult to date here.” Trish has spent time in other German cities, including Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, which she says is a “much easier” place than Berlin to date successfully because it's smaller in size.Language tandem success Rebecca, 33, from San Francisco, has been in Berlin for six years.Like Trish, she finds men in the capital sometimes have “Peter Pan syndrome” but looking back, she says, overall it was a positive experience.“Despite frustrations, I enjoyed dating in Berlin as it was a way to meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world – a friend once joked to me that my love life looked like a meeting of the U.
She says in Munich a guy she used to date would offer to pick her up and open the door of his car for her.
They were speaking to each other on a video call before arranging a date, but when Trish introduced him to her dog, “he disclosed that sometimes he’s into bestiality”.
“At first I thought he was kidding but he was completely serious,” she says.
“They get lost in the city but becoming part of the city doesn’t really allow a relationship because you have so many options to choose from.” Knowing that there’s someone else out there is a “disadvantage”, says Gi, because you can never “give yourself completely to one person”.
Gi was in a stable relationship when she lived in Dortmund for six months but both didn’t want to do long-distance when she moved to Berlin.