After a few minutes I got up to leave; but he intercepted me.
Whether you’re heading to a park or even just your backyard or fire escape, put down a blanket, get a spread of yummy snacks, a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself a lovely, low-cost date.
Sometimes the most romantic activities involve being outdoors together. To find a tours, start by calling a microbrewery near you and go from there.
Overhead, an exposed light bulb shone and threatened to douse the mood, so I stood on the bench, leaned over the doorway and unscrewed it. I remembered the other Italian I kissed in Amsterdam two months before, a scraggly young man who, as he snuggled next to me inside my tent in the pot-smoked campground where we met, raised his eyebrows when I yawned wide and taught me to cover my teeth with my lips like a girl. The experience was beyond anything I had dared to imagine. I had stayed past midnight to dance a little longer with Adriano, which I should never have done.
During the train ride back to Leiden, I kept turning away from Adriano to stare through the window at the nighttime outside. I had lost track of the ground while soaring through the sky. My gown had turned to rags, and I was covered in soot.
We chatted a bit -- he said he was just hanging out and "munching" on peanuts, which prompted me to wonder how many Americans would know the word for munching in any language other than English -- and then it came: "What are you doing tonight? Leiden was quiet and the canals twinkled with reflections of lights from the streets and houses nearby.
I lay my cheek on his shoulder blade, closed my eyes, felt the muscles of his back move as he stood up to pedal over a bridge and tried to savor a moment from fiction, it seemed.
But I always dreaded what I sought most: a moment of intimacy.
At that point my coach would turn back into a pumpkin and my gown would disappear in an instant.
I often say that I never know how a man is going to react to a discussion about my past -- and my genitalia -- and it's always true at the beginning, I never do. My heart came apart a little as I placed my palms on his chest and drew away. He took my hands in his and looked at me with such earnestness that I struggled to speak.
Sure, a nice meal and some drinks usually make for a great first date, but after a while that routine starts to get a little stale—and some creative date ideas are definitely in order.
He had recently decided on law as an undergraduate major.