This is not a Facebook relationship status but trust me, it’s complicated.
My lessons in Argentine love kick off with a psychology degree.
If you’re already qualified, then you’re streets ahead of the rest of us. Three extra years of studies aside, a peek at the national psyche won’t hurt: around two-thirds of Argentines’ roots belong in the birthplace of the pizza (classic date fodder, by the way) and if anyone likes a drama, it’s the Italians.
The eruptions, the bubbling passion, the fire – Vesuvius might as well be mixed into the Argentine gene pool.
Blowing hot and cold is all part of the game so take an Argentine-size pinch of salt when embarking on a new adventure. In fact, you’ll have to work even harder since being single is apparently in fashion, even when Tinder and Happn are the most popular dating apps these days (with 20 and 10 million users each other).
There are unspoken rules about dating in every society, it’s just that gringos and gringas are ill-equipped to deal with the Argentinian ones.
Don’t be surprised if you are invited back to the folks on date two for an asado – yep, things move quickly here.
But before we dive into the swell of machismo and decade-long casual relationships, I would like to spell out a point that should have been clearly stated in The Hunt, a point that is important to discuss, particularly if you are a male and hope to ever take out an .
Robin Thicke had to have been cruising the Buenos Aires nightlife scene for background research, because the controversial lyrics of his “Blurred Lines” megahit echoes a cultural norm.
Knock back two pints of Dutch courage to call, indulging her in an ego massage and putting your own vulnerable pride and linguistic skills on the line.
Warning one: texts invariably “don’t” arrive when it’s convenient for them not to. Like a river, every twist and turn brings about a new drama or excuse so brace yourself for a rocky ride, and don‘t be surprised if the object of your obsession already has a media naranja.
In Argentina the girls pride themselves on being sophisticated and sexy in a sort of pre-World War II kind of way, and it works - boy does it work!