It's fun to see how much they'll swallow: As long as I refer to Italy as "my homeland" and other Italians as "my people," they'll believe pretty much anything.I don't know who most of the local statues are, so I tell the muffins they're all great artists and poets and lovers."One big difference between dating in the US and Europe is the preponderance of the automobile in the US.In the US, you're often able to drive beginning at age 16 (and many people "own" a car at that age, or soon thereafter).They tell you what's on the menu and what you should try.(If it wasn't for a certain young man in Milan, I never would have discovered fusilli a spinaci et scampi.) And the whole time, they're looking deep into your eyes, like you're the only woman on the entire planet. Then, after a moonlit stroll along the waterfront and a kiss in the doorway of their artist's loft, you find yourself unable to—well, I'll leave the rest to your imagination.
and many of the other strange customs (a kiss on the doorstep) are virtually non-existent in Europe.It's also why you see a lot of people here saying that "we meet up at a club or a pub somewhere".Automobiles have radically altered how Americans "date". Not sure why this popped into my head just now, or if this has been asked before, but does anyone have any insight on similarities and/or differences in dating in America and Europe?Edit: Apologies for sounding like a Stupid American™ and "lumping all Europeans together into one homogenous mass." I was just looking to start a discussion (which, I'm thankful, did happen - and is very interesting, thanks to all who contributed).