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As you might know, I moved to Prague in September. It was a bit of a rushed decision, mainly based on the unbearable urge of my other half at the time (who turned out to be a rotten half of myself that I should have chiselled out of my life ages ago), who couldn’t resist this beautiful bohemian city with hundreds and hundreds of spires. As it turned out, the urge was mainly for the hundreds and hundreds of Czech women rather than the spires, but the end result was the same. I was thrown into a city where I knew no one, knew very little of from the perspective of a ‘local’ and had absolutely no clue what to do with myself to get out of this Spanish village of a situation. I was lost. And three months on I’m still a little lost but am slowly getting a grip. And you know what has helped me immensely? Online dating. Badoo, to be precise.
How to meet new people when you move to a new city? [How it actually works in 2018]
The hardest thing for me about moving to Prague wasn’t the insane amount of boxes I had to carry up to the 5th floor. It wasn’t the search for a new job. It wasn’t the figuring out of the council tax and setting up of a bank account. It was the loneliness. If you’ve met me you know that I’m not an overly sociable person. I like to spend the day shopping with a friend. I like a fun day trip on a warm July afternoon. I like sitting over a cuppa gossipping my life away. But I can just as easily spend a week on my own with the windows tightly shut and 5 packs of spaghetti and pesto on hand. But once everything in your life becomes shaken up like corn kernels in a popcorn machine, then being absolutely alone is the worst thing imaginable. And let me tell you something – walking into a bar and ‘meeting’ someone ain’t a thing anymore. I’ve tried. And it ain’t cool. Girls won’t talk to a girl at a bar (and I don’t blame them, I didn’t wear that dress to chat about the Balmain x L’Oreal lipstick collab either) and the guys you meet there are just not the sort of guys you’d like to see again. The easiest way to meet someone these days, I find, is through introductions – hey, this is Jo, he’s a friend of a friend of a friend. Which basically says someone you’re already fond of knows Jo and probably also knows where Jo lives, where Jo works and whether Jo is seeing 53728432 other girlfriends already. But when you don’t know that initial mate then you have to find a different way. And since it’s 2018 the best way (if I say so) is using a dating app. Badoo is the biggest dating app in the world and it’s immensely popular in Prague. Way more than any of its counterparts. In fact, there are 370 million people on Badoo right now. And these people send about 350 million messages a day, wait what!
Why should you try Badoo when you want to meet new friends?
- ✏️ It is safe: One of the most important things when giving online dating a go is to stay safe. There’s absolutely no doubt that there are some strange people on the interwebs. The brilliant thing about Badoo is that it has a pretty impressive amount of safety features. Badoo verifies accounts by either a phone number or a social account – and also by providing an extra selfie. Because catfish are not just a TV show!
- ✏️ You can double check for yourself: Safety really is at the forefront of all things Badoo. Girls get the upper hand with this app which means that we can request an additional real-time selfie from the boys before we approve them for a chat. Ba-boom!
- ✏️ It keeps your eyes open for you: Badoo has a nifty little feature which gives you a beep when someone’s been in the same area as you – perhaps you’ve been in the same cafe or the same record shop. That gives you a super easy icebreaker without the need for awkward chat up lines. And especially if you’re new to the city you can just chat with the people who are familiar with the area and can perhaps give you tips on where to find the best cakes or pizza.
- ✏️ It has an inbuilt video call feature: This is an absolute gem of a feature which should be built into many other apps including all customer and medical services apps I believe. You don’t even need to give the other person your phone number to be able to chat with them on the line. Pretty genius, if you ask me.
Have I met anyone nice on it yet?
Hell yeah! I haven’t exactly met hundreds of people on it – because I’m dead picky and also so unbearable I’m not everyone’s cup of tea – but the ones I’ve spoken to and met in real life have been some brilliant people. Some of them have already become my friends which I think is a pretty impressive score for a dating app! And no – you don’t have to go on Badoo for dating, there are plenty of people who just want to chat, go to the cinema or for dinner together without any other ties. Because it’s not just you that is lonely, having a hard time, is new to the city.
Have you tried Badoo yet?