Blind Date: Architect Ryan and Beth who work in marketing bonded over their list of dietary requirements

Ryan, 29, says:

Obviously, on a first date, you feel a little anxious. Well, more exciting than anxious. I wasn’t so bad though. I think we both got to the canteen around the same time. It was really nice to meet Beth and we had a great night.

The food was really good. We both had some dietary needs so we ordered a few plates and shared them.

I think we have a lot in common when it comes to our personalities. We are both introverted extroverts or rather introverts I would say.

We both did quite a bit of traveling and quite a bit of solo travel, which was pretty cool. I think we were both in Berlin. Not at the same time, but we both went to Berlin. She’d been to a lot of really cool places in Europe. I also went to different places. We definitely had a common interest in travel and traveling on our own.

As for our work, we talked about it a bit. She works in marketing and I work in design, both of which are quite creative. You kind of find a lot in common with people who share similar fundamentals in their work.

We didn’t really understand if we had mutual friends. She grew up in the countryside. I forget what city it was, but there was like a big ram or something. I think we had very different lives growing up, which added to meeting someone who was a little more different from the usual crowd.

I walked in without any expectation. I wouldn’t say it was a pleasant surprise, as it suggests I was expecting something else. But I was really happy to meet Beth. The whole experience was really enjoyable. And Beth was super sweet. Really cute and kind. From a holistic perspective, it was a great time. We exchanged our numbers and we talked a bit. I think we’ll go out on another date.

Assessment: 8.5/10

Beth, 30, says:

He was there first. I had parked but forgot my mask and had to run to get it.

The waiter led me to the table, we kissed. He said his name was Ryan, then he made a joke. The sun was directly in his eyes where he sat. There was a bit of an awkward laugh as we settled in, which is similar to any first date.

I sort of expected us to talk about it right away on a blind date, but actually we were more like “how was your day?” and it was really good to calm down a bit. He was a very calm person.

We chose cocktails, they have great cocktails in the canteen which I highly recommend, and the food was amazing. He is a vegetarian so he kind of mentioned that when we ordered the food. He explained why he was a vegetarian. I tried before to be vegetarian. It was fascinating to be able to hear why people choose to become vegetarians and their different motivations. The planet is huge and some people, for animals.

He is an architect. So we kind of discussed the sprawl in Perth and developed the topic beyond the surface level, which was good. We talked about our work and why we love doing what we do.

We talked about staying active and all the benefits that come with that, but also the craziness of the world right now, having that regularity of going to exercise was really nice. Our experiences in shared houses were also brought up, it’s always a fun topic.

We talked about travel. Ironically, something we can’t do at the moment. I’m supposed to go – if all goes well – for a wedding in Scotland at the end of the year.

It was surprisingly pleasant. Control is taken out of your hands a bit, which was a fun confidence exercise. But it was a very nice evening.

We exchanged numbers but we’re both really busy at work right now. So we could catch up, we’ll wait and see, I guess.

Assessment: 8.5/10

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