Tufts dating scene

ZOË SULLIVAN-BLUM- So, fair warning, this post is going to be one of my more forward ones, as well as one of the most cliché.

Too often, people dance around the topic of love when they blog about study abroad. But, let’s face it, we are 20-somethings in a new country; love—and all of its complicated affiliates—is bound to come up.

Amongst friends, the topic of relationships whilst abroad is definitely one that gets discussed…a lot.

One of the first things we noticed was the amplified use of Tinder.

Some of us are learning that things like Tinder aren’t necessarily a terrible invention and that meeting Spanish boys can be fun and that, most importantly, whatever happens, love and relationships come in many forms and at many points in our lives.

Some of us realizing that right now we are in only our 20s, we are only in Spain for this semester, and we are discovering more about ourselves than we ever thought possible back when we were lying on the couch at Skidmore.

I had been with my boyfriend for nearly 3 years, and although it was an amicable breakup in many respects, my semester abroad couldn’t have come sooner.

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We are all over the map in terms of our relationships, quite literally.

Some of us have significant others back home in America, studying abroad somewhere else, or also here in Spain. Some of us are exploring the freedom that a semester abroad brings, whatever that means for each individual.

I am not trying to be bitter about American boys in any way, but I do think that the culture is different here.

Yes, we are young and alive and high on our own vitality, and so yes, certain things are desired and even expected on both sides; however, in general, the culture of Tinder, dating, and relationships here has pleasantly surprised me.

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