Blind date: ‘She said I could be Justin Trudeau’s younger brother’

What were you hoping for?
I moved to London during lockdown so was looking to meet new people and have a fun night out. (Maybe also secretly looking for “the one”.)

First impressions?
Charlie looked incredible! We clicked right away and spoke so much that we kept forgetting to order.

What did you talk about?
Our shared passion for Leonard Cohen songs, our different experiences growing up outside the UK. Charlie gave me many great food and drink trips for Trinidad, which I hope is an invitation.

Any awkward moments?
When we met, we couldn’t work out whether to go for an air hug or an elbow tap.

Good table manners?
Absolutely fine. I accidentally double-dipped my bread into the olive oil and spent the entire night hoping she hadn’t noticed.

Best thing about Charlie?
She’s easy-going and good at conversation. A nice accent, pure.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
For sure. She works in the same building as my mate’s girlfriend, so a double date could be on the cards.

Describe Charlie in three words
Outgoing, attractive, divertente.

What do you think she made of you?
She asked if we should exchange numbers, so I can only assume I made a good impression. She also said I could be Justin Trudeau’s younger brother, which I will take as a compliment.

Did you go on somewhere?
We walked around Canary Wharf for a bit, then spent half an hour trying to find our way back to the station.

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?
Possibly.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
To have been a little warmer.

Marks out of 10?
Easily a 9.

Would you meet again?
Definitely.

What were you hoping for?
At the very least, I thought I might get a good story out of it.

First impressions?
He had nice eyes and a kind, relaxed demeanour. I was worried that I’d arrive and immediately think “nope”, but it was the opposite.

What did you talk about?
Our shared love of Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash, and the fact that we both come from pretty multicultural backgrounds.

Any awkward moments?
It flowed nicely, and Luca was engaging and easy to talk to.

Good table manners?
sì, no complaints there. I showed him how to properly pour wine from a bottle, and then immediately felt very pretentious.

Best thing about Luca?
He was curious and open.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Yeah, I reckon he’d get along with them.

Describe Luca in three words
Bright, divertente, open-minded.

What do you think he made of you?
I think he was pleased with the way the date went.

Did you go on somewhere?
We walked to the station together, with him gallantly opening every door for me on the way.

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?
That could have been on the cards.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
More vegetarian options at the restaurant. Anche, it not being in a pandemic.

Marks out of 10?
9.

Would you meet again?
sì, we vaguely discussed going to a gallery when they open.

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