Since I arrived to Alcala I havent heard from you.’) I didn’t reply because I thought it would only complicate things.

Other dating apps such as Hinge, Happn and Coffee Meets Bagel are not currently popular in Spain, but the older Plenty of Fish app is going strong; Badoo is popular, too, if you don’t mind getting a million notifications daily from a “less curated” crowd, so to speak. They had the table next to us, and I just saw this cute girl and I told her to take a picture of me and a friend and that was how everything started.” Amy, an expat from the United States: “I met my boyfriend in a club.

The old-fashioned way – the nightlife scene or through friends and colleagues – is arguably one of the best ways to meet someone in Spain, as explained by these lucky-in-love expats: Othmane, an expat from Morocco: “I dated a Spanish girl for like five months. I saw him from across the room and thought he was really cute, so I made my girls keep moving closer and closer to him.

He is older [than I am], but he has his life set, he is off away from his parents (which again is very unusual for a Spaniard) living life on his own.

And he has his own car, which is very convenient.” Rose: “It was different dating a Spaniard because she was way clingier and less independent than Americans I have dated.” Othmane: “If I have to compare it with dating a Moroccan girl, I would say it is almost the same as they like to know a guy very well before starting to date him.” Obviously, no two relationships are ever the same.

I was literally standing next to him for like 15 minutes before he actually said something.

Once he found out I was from the States, he immediately began speaking English, overjoyed that he now knew someone to help him with it.” If you’re not much of a clubgoer, don’t worry: singles aren’t limited to meeting in nightclubs or bars.

Tara, an expat from the United States: “We met at a party and exchanged numbers, but I thought it was just in a friendly way.

Then I got a text the next day that said something like, ‘.’ (Translation: ‘I don’t know why, but the only thing I remember from yesterday is that I was left with the feeling of wanting to get to know this girl better.’) So that made it clear he was interested romantically. Then we hung out after school a few times, and then he took me out on a very nice, kind of elaborate date.” Amy: “After some time, I looked at my Facebook and saw that he wrote me a message saying something like ‘.’ (Translation: Hello Amy, how is life?

Perhaps these expat dating stories sound familiar, but the dating game in Spain may be a little different – at least, according to the panel of expats who have dated in Spain.