If a woman shows too much interest too soon, she may scare a man away.As in France, a game of chase and refusal must take place before any form of ‘date' will materialise.Unless you're going to be doing something sporty, dress up a little.Flip-flops, shorts or scruffy clothes in general tend not to make a good impression in fashion-conscious Europe. In France, a man may be late but don't take it personally – French men are notoriously bad timekeepers.Whereas in France, if you kiss someone on the lips (or have sex) it means you're ‘in a relationship'. In the UK or US, there's much debate about how long to wait before calling after a first date. Too long and it can seem like they're not really interested.In Europe, once a man gets your number he will most likely call straight away, rather than wait a few days.
But knowing some of the cultural differences – who makes the first move, kissing on a first date, how soon to call after a date – may help you avoid awkward situations, or at least stop you from getting hurt or hurting someone else unintentionally.
But the rule almost everywhere else in Europe is: don't.
In most countries, the man may offer to pay the bill but he wouldn't automatically be offended if the woman suggested splitting the bill, or paying for the drinks or some other aspect of the ‘date', such as cinema or theatre tickets.
In Germany, couples don't start with formal dating either and it's only after a series of informal meetings – walks, dinner, cinema, theatre – that they might start being seen as a ‘couple'.
It's also common for couples to keep the fact that they're an item to themselves.