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Pisco sours, dim lighting and mini-dates: Speed dating has arrived in Lima!
(Photo: Speed Dating Peru Facebook)
By Carlos Juan de la Torre
June 6, 2012
Peru this Week recently learned about a new speed dating company in Lima and wanted to know if this was the beginning of an organized dating trend in Peru. To find out, we sent a Carlos Juan de la Torre (who you may remember as the “gringo” from the Peruvian movie Madeinusa) to participate in one of Speed Dating Peru’s events and let us know what it was like. This is his report.
Lima is a city with many attractions, a city for all people and, overall, a fun place to live. There are many clubs to attend, cool pubs, places to listen to live music, interesting stageshows and, of course, several cinemas. There is no way a date can go wrong, but if you are new in town or have not had much time to make friends, the dating scene can be a bit daunting. Thankfully Speed Dating Peru has come to the rescue.
To be honest, I was feeling a bit apprehensive about the event, having spent some time wondering what sort of crowd this kind of gathering would attract. I admit to having opened an account with an online dating site a number of years ago, and so mental images were being formed in my mind, but I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised. Here I was, sitting in a very sexy bar - the Oceanus Piano Bar at the Hotel Los Delfines in San Isidro. This is the kind of place that you imagine a new version of Scarface being shot in. The music was upbeat, pushing me towards action and some of the ladies were definitely inviting. Everyone was nicely dressed and the room was brimming with anticipation for the game to start. After a brief introduction about the mechanics involved - women stay seated, men rotate to each for 5-minute mini-dates - it was time for the person-to-person introductions to begin.
After a couple of minutes it all started to flow gently, conversation picked up and I really started to enjoy it. Preconceptions can be killer sometimes, but, in the end, I set myself up for a nice surprise. Fifteen ladies were in line waiting to be chatted up, something that really does not happen often in Peru. In Lima it can be intimidating to speak to someone out of the blue. Most of the time, it has been quite a challenge and I have been mostly turned down quickly, even though I must say I am a decent looking chap.
One by one the mini-dates were happening with much enthusiasm as I caught myself looking forward to meeting some of these girls in a different setting. Conversations went from the typical “What do you do?” to “What brought you here?” There were some laughs, some alluring looks and definitely some good times. Sipping on a complimentary pisco sour made everything go even smoother and a couple of hours flew by quickly.
By the end I had already chosen the ladies I would love to hear from. I never thought I could meet someone I would actually like to take out on a date and here I was asking for more time in some in the mini-dates. This is definitely going to start a trend in Lima. Even though I was not chosen for a follow up, I would be glad to repeat it anytime.
Carlos Juan de la Torre is a Dominican-born writer, actor and film enthusiast who has lived in London, Madrid, and Lima mainly by following his heart’s desire. He is an avid traveler and adventurer who is always looking for new experiences. You might have seen him playing the "gringo" in Madeinusa, Claudia Llosa’s directorial debut. You can check out his blog at www.lavistacompartida.blogspot.com.
Total coments: 4
Commented By: jimmyjames
On: June 7, 2012
Well Carlos, YOU ARE NOT A GRINGO!!! If you were, and especially ( but not neccesarily) if you were tall, blonde, and blue eyed the scenerio would go like this.... Fifteen mini dates = fifteen phone numbers. First date coffee, goes fantastic!!! Second date lunch, becomes uncomfortable as she "overdoes it" on Pisco sours and orders the MOST EXPENSIVE plate on the menu. Third date, and don't ask me why but it ALWAYS unfolds this way, this lovely thing "needs 300 soles to pay rent, pay medical bills for mom, etc.,etc. Being a "gringo" has it's advantages and disadvantages, AND WE ALWAYS HAVE A TARGET ON OUR BACK! NOW, what were you saying, "There is no way a date can go wrong." YOU ARE NOT A GRINGO, CARLOS!!!
Commented By: Locozodiac
On: June 8, 2012
If the lady is awesome looking, 300 soles could easily turn into 300 dollars, two tips, go low profile or check your budget!!
Commented By: jimmyjames
On: June 8, 2012
....99.9% are AWESOME LOOKING!!!
Commented By: cafeconleche
On: July 12, 2012
Oh! When will our American/European/Australian/Canadian male friends learn? To avoid being caught by a brichera you must lie about your nationality. You have to say that you are Peruvian but that your grandparents came from Europe and that you had to leave the country while you were little during the first government of Alan García or Fujimori for political/economic reasons. Therefore, you lived outside Peru for many many years and have a wierd accent in Spanish. Despite living outside of Peru, you were never able to obtain the other nationality so you are just Peruvian. Now you are back in your birth country trying to find a job (and if you can get a false Peruvian passport or DNI in Azángaro, better yet)If you tell the bricheras that, you will see how they magically dissapear.
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