On my last day in Madrid, I enjoyed a second date with adorable Spanish bachelor Victor, 32.
Taking advantage of the glorious summer weather, we had a round of drinks outside, talking about differences between sports in the US and Spain, and falling into the easy banter of our first date a few days before.
For a late afternoon lunch, we headed over to Mano A Mano — one of Victor’s favorites for paella. I had the gastronomic pleasure of discovering why as we shared a heavenly paella with lobster.
As we lingered over it and a bottle of wine, Victor said sweetly how much he had enjoyed spending time with me, a sentiment I echoed. He invited me to join him and a few friends at a bar to watch a Spanish soccer match.
Though it was fun witnessing first hand the fiery local passion for soccer (and hearing plenty of cursing en Español), I could feel the effect of six weeks of travel catching up with me. In other words, I was exhausted from making small talk with strangers.
So, after kissing Victor — only on the cheek, unfortunately — goodbye, I made my way over to Madrid’s stunning Retiro Park. It seemed a fitting place to wind down the final day of my European Dating Blitz, taking in the local crowds at sunset and reflecting on where my journey had led me.
Much like the first blitz, I found myself thankful for the adventure and all that I had learned about what it’s like to be single outside of New York. Only this time, I was going home with a renewed appreciation for my hometown — and a readiness to take a little breather from dating.
Of course, like the cliché goes, it’s when you’re not looking that interesting people tend to cross your path. Coming up…the full scoop about unexpected flirting since I got home and a second encounter with one of the best bachelors from my first Dating Blitz!