Dating a British Man: Knocking Around

Cycling gets you around in a jiffy! (Photo via UnionJackCreative.com)

Cycling is a great way to get out and explore. (Photo via UnionJackCreative)

Dating a British Man is a ten-part series that will take you through the dating ups and downs, it can be considered a guide as what to do — or, what not to do — depending on how you look at it. Here are some tidbits based on my experiences dating British men from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Not all at the same time!

Knocking around

Alright, you’ve met your guy. You’ve had a nice proper first date. The fun is about to begin. One of the great things about dating someone from another country, whether they’ve been here for a few months or a few years, things are new to them. Brits are up for sightseeing, traveling or just plain ol’ knocking around.

What to expect

I was asked out by a Scot by the name of Scott actually. He texted me suggesting a day date. I thought to myself, “In the day? You mean in the sun? Like, all day?” He, unlike the English men I’ve been out with, suggested I plan the date as he was new to the area and didn’t know his way around. It was fun and exciting and the best part was … I got to do things I like! I suggested bike riding as it’s a good way to explore. A lot of cities offer rental bike stands. I picked a restaurant with glass windows floor to ceiling with a courtyard garden. And, then to end it off with a pint at a down and dirty pub. My favorite!

What to do

If you’re designing the date, keep the guy in mind. Save the girly stuff for your mates. Just because you get to pick the place, remember he will be there too! If you’re feeling particularly generous, maybe suggest going to see a professional soccer match?

How do I know this? I’m the American Bridget Jones. She worked in book publishing and transitioned into television. As did I. She is neurotic and unlucky in love. As am I. She had a happy ending. As will I.

Next: Commitment