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The 30-year-old, who’s originally from India, but came to Berlin via Munich and Dortmund a few years ago, describes the German capital as an “expat city”.
“There’s a huge batch of people who come in and go out,” she says.
Around 9.6 percent of the population is browsing for dates – or casual sex – on apps, as well as a host of other online sites. When it comes to the dates she’s had, Trish has used Bumble – the app which allows women to make the first move – but it’s not been such a great experience for her.
We wanted to find out how internationals in Germany are getting on in their quest to build relationships. One match lied about his height, another had a “really high voice” when they met, and the third man put her off using the app for a while.
When it comes to the romantic side, Barbara is feeling optimistic about the future.
Like Trish, she finds men in the capital sometimes have “Peter Pan syndrome” but looking back, she says, overall it was a positive experience.“He was very offended and thought I was insulting his educational background,” she says."I find little things like that are very difficult.” A positive that Trish has found from her dating adventures is the friendships that have formed – even with potential romantic partners. “We had a short romance and now we’re good friends,” she says.“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.N.," she says, highlighting the capital's diverse population. “I was ghosted for the first time ever in Berlin by a guy I was dating for seven weeks and he just stopped returning my texts." The freelance writer also found dating improved her German because she spoke the language when messaging people.
“At the time, neither of us were specifically looking for a relationship and it just grew into something spontaneously.” ' Men are too comfortable these days' Barbara is looking for a partner after her marriage to her German ex broke up in 2011.