Blind Date in London
We sent Nicole and Abs to the uber-cool Plonk Crazy Golf in Islington. They literally knew nothing about each other – not even their names. We caught up with them to see how they got on…
So, what did you think of your date?
SHE SAID: I had a great time. I didn’t have to pre-plan anything or contend with a large group of new faces. It was a fun, relaxed experience in a lovely venue.
HE SAID: I thought the date was fantastic! The venue was quirky and cool and it had a really nice vibe. It was also great that there was a bar downstairs which was quiet enough where we could sit down and chat afterwards, without having to scream over the TV, music or other guests, so we could actually chat and get to know each other!
What were your feelings about not knowing ANYTHING about your date?
I, personally, loved the idea of not knowing anything about my date. I had no expectations whatsoever, which took the pressure off both of us.
I don’t know really! It was weird for me… I wasn’t scared or nervous or anything. With so little information to go off of, I only got nervous when I finally met her as she walked in…but after a few minutes it was all good as we broke the ice!
Did you find that as the date went along it was easier or harder to find things to talk about (in comparison to meeting via an app/online where you’ve already had numerous conversations about each other’s interests)?
We found the conversation much easier as the date progressed, as we kept discovering interests and experiences we had in common. It was actually quite shocking how much our interests overlapped, so we constantly had something new to talk about.
I think it was very easy. My advice would be to not focus on having a “date”, and I think that’s why I got over any nerves pretty quickly and was able to open up. We’re just two people playing crazy golf and chatting, enjoy the event and let the rest come naturally. I feel with apps and websites (from experience) there is too much pressure on forcing conversations, especially when you can’t see their face and tell if the other persons reactions are genuine or not.
Did you find you were evenly matched?
Yes – we have similar values and interests, so we felt quite evenly matched. I can definitely see why we were matched by the organisers!
Scarily evenly matched! (In a totally good way!) So we sat down after the golf and I asked what she put on her form to see why we had both been chosen. We pretty much had identical forms, from the scoring matrix to the open comments box, which I thought was totally awesome – so we both felt good that Jordi had actually taken the time to read them and match us.
Did you enjoy Plonk Crazy Golf as a date activity?
Absolutely. It was fun, even though we were both fairly bad at it! Not being good at an activity is definitely a good icebreaker, and it led to some good laughs.
I thought it was great! I have a bit of a competitive side to me and so did she! So it was great being able to do an event and challenge each other and laugh at each other as we both admittedly failed horribly at crazy golf! (I still won. Just saying 😉 )
Do you think it made the date easier or harder having an activity?
Easier. It initially gave us something to focus on during the “small talk” and sparked some other good conversations. With no activity, first dates can feel like interviews!
Definitely easier. Again, it’s nice when it doesn’t feel like a date where you are put under pressure. Have fun doing an activity, and let the rest come naturally without having to force it.
Aaaaaaand, million dollar question – do you think you’re going to see each other again?
I’d be happy to see him again, if we can find time in our completely opposite job schedules! 🙂
100% I’d love to see her again! I think we got along really well, we were both well matched and I started to see that we share the same principles and values as the night went on. Most of all, I had so much fun, that I would love to go on another date….just maybe not crazy golf. Neither of us are particularly going to be the next Tiger Woods! All jokes aside, it was a great night!
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