Blind Date: Rosa, from Peru, and Josh, from the UK, bonded about both being newcomers to Australia


Josh, 35, says:

I made positive I arrived with loads of time to spare, to the level the place I used to be in all probability 20 minutes early and didn’t need to go into the restaurant. So to kill a little bit of time, I finished by the pub subsequent door to Emily Taylor and had a middy to assist settle the nerves a bit. I’m fairly an outgoing type of man, I don’t actually get too nervous about these kinds of issues. But there was a bit of hysteria.

Josh: can can talk the leg off a donkey.
Camera IconJosh: can can speak the leg off a donkey. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West Australian, Michael Wilson

Rosa rocked up and we did the compulsory introductions. She’s from Peru so when she stated her title I had to double-check what the title was as a result of she actually rolled her “r”. I’ve this complicated the place I meet folks and they’ll inform me their title and I immediately overlook it. You’re so centered on getting your individual title proper you simply don’t actually hear. So I confirmed her title is Rosa.

She brazenly admitted she was a bit extra nervous than me so I form of took the lead to get the dialog going. I believe she appreciated that.


Rosa stated she performed a little bit of tennis and I performed competitively as a junior. Since I’ve moved to Australia from the UK, I’ve been over right here 10 years, I’ve performed socially with mates.

When I say competitively, it’s not like I used to be the subsequent Andy Murray or something like that. But I performed at a fairly good degree. That’s positively one thing that overlapped and clearly both of us relocating from our residence nations. I believe Rosa felt that she simply needed to get out of Peru and strive one thing new, not too dissimilar from myself.

There wasn’t ever a spot in dialog. I can speak the leg off a donkey however I hope I left sufficient alternative for her to communicate, I’m positive I did.

We did swap numbers at the finish of the date and I did textual content Rosa simply to say that I actually loved the expertise however in all probability wouldn’t be wanting to take it any additional. But I believe we both felt that we had been comfortable that we spent the date with one another.

Verdict: 8/10

Rosa, 32, says:

I wasn’t late however the restaurant has two entrances and I went to the again. When I received to the desk Josh was ready for me.

Rosa: loves to dance.
Camera IconRosa: loves to dance. Credit: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian, Iain Gillespie

I by no means know the way to say “hi” due to COVID. I don’t know if I ought to kiss or shake arms or simply say hello. He was very gentlemanly. He stood up — he’s very tall — and stated, “hi, how are you?” And we did a kiss on the cheek. I used to be so nervous, so, so nervous. He regarded beneath management and I used to be like “aren’t you nervous” as a result of it was my first blind date, I’ve by no means finished this earlier than. He stated he had a few drinks beforehand. Josh made me really feel very snug, which was good. I used to be very quiet at the starting.

We had a bottle of wine and after we had been selecting the meals, I don’t know why, however he needed to have wholesome meals, so he ordered vegies however we didn’t eat them. The meals and the restaurant had been superb.

We both dwell in the metropolis, really we dwell very shut. Maybe a pair blocks away from one another. His birthday is on the twenty fourth of May, and mine is the twenty fifth. We talked about work, he’s an engineer. I used to work in Europe and communicate 4 languages. I’m from Peru so my native language is Spanish, then I had to examine English, and one other language for my profession so I selected French and after I was working in Europe I learnt Italian.

I like to strive new issues. Living in Australia, I’ve this sense like I’m nonetheless a foreigner. No one is aware of me so I’ve this adventurous spirit that you are able to do something.

It was a enjoyable date and he was very nice however I didn’t really feel a romantic connection.

We shared a cab and he requested for my quantity. I don’t know if we’ll catch up once more. But we talked about dancing as a result of I really like dancing so perhaps we’ll go dancing to Latin music. He was very intrigued as a result of he has no concept how to dance.

Verdict: 8/10

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