Why Dating in the 70’s Was so Different

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My grandpa is a tease and likes to tease me about dating. He will bring it up once every time I see him. While I was talking to him recently, I complained about a date I had who didn’t call me. My grandpa told me that I would have had a hard time with dating him, and explained that those days were different. “Your grandmother had to wait months between dates at times,” he said. I can’t picture having the patience for this. I know that not everyone was that way 40 years ago, but it seems like it did take longer to get what you are looking for back then.

Dating in the 79s

Medical school or dating

Today people have pretty busy lives, but technology has cut down the amount of time it takes to do a lot of things. In order to live and get by, people can work during the daytime, and have the evening off to relax and spend time on whatever they want to. Technology allows for more time to be spent recreationally. This means we have more time to play.

It was crazy to me to learn that my grandparents went months without seeing each other. I wondered what could be wrong with my grandfather. When I made a confused expression, he told me college was a busy time for him. His priorities were set and didn’t allow for a lot of dating. “I had to worry about getting accepted into medical school, so I didn’t have the time to go out dating every weekend,” Don said.

He said it wasn’t strange for Barbra (my grandma) to only talk to him when they were on their one date per month. He told me that up to the wedding day, they didn’t even see each other every week. Today this would be unheard of in any case besides long distance. In this day and age, young people who are dating will spend almost every day together even after just beginning the dating process.

Cancer

A couple of years ago, my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer and although he decided he would never go through chemotheripy, things changed when he felt that he had more precious years left to live.

Now he is retired

I think that my grandparents are a great match, but I am learning that she was the more social one. “Barbra was going with more other guys than I was with other girls,” Don said. Once they began dating seriously she had to give up her social ways.  “Sometimes she was going dancing but I would have to study, so we could not go or had to go with her friends.”

Traveling

It turns out it was worth the time it took Don to finish school, because now he and Barbra travel all over the world. They have recently gone to Paris, Italy, Peru, and many other places. They have built their own house, which was designed by Barbra.

It’s probably not fun to have a busy life right after marriage, but I am guessing it is worth it. I am learning that many people have to wait for their spouse to finish school, and a lot of the time they will choose homework over fun. However this is worth it in the end.

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Tiffany S. Thatcher is a guest blogger who specializes in a San Diego Nursing Home.

Camping- The Ultimate Romantic Get Away

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When you think of romantic getaways, it doesn’t take much to guess what’s on our mind. Venice, Paris, five star hotels, maybe access to your own swimming pool. Even in these, more austere times, a camping trip probably doesn’t make it the top five of your fantasy destination. Well, today we’re going to change your mind, and prove definitively that packing up your camping equipment and heading into the great beyond can make for the most romantic weekend there is.

Reason One: Sleeping Under the Stars

Paris may have some pretty amazing night time views, but even it can’t compete with a clear night sky once you get clear of the light pollution. Think candle-lit dinners are romantic? How about curling up together under a blanket next to a campfire?

Then, when it gets cold and you want to get to bed, you can’t get much more snug than curling up in double sleeping bags.

Reason Two: No Itinerary

If you go on a city break you’re going to want to see all that city’s famous landmarks. If you go to Paris and don’t see the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc De Triomphe, and the Louvre, and Parc Asterix, then why go at all? The danger is, in your bid to cram everything you possibly can into your weekend, you can actually end up stressing yourself out, and not really finding the time to just enjoy yourself.

Getting out into the country for a few days is a great way to leave everything behind. With just each other for company, and few landmarks more must-see than the country pub a short walk away, you can really remind yourself just what it is about each other’s company you love so much.

Reason Three: Things To Do

On the other hand, despite city breaks being absolutely packed with must-see tourist attractions, after a day or two you may come to realise you’re not actually doing anything. You go to the thing, you look at the thing, then maybe take a picture of the thing. Afterwards you can get lunch somewhere.

Paradoxically, out in the middle of nowhere you can find plenty to do. While even the most basic activities like putting tents up or making a campfire can be great things for couples to do together, once you go further afield the countryside offers all sorts of opportunities for entertainment. Rock climbing and canoeing are both great fun and can give you a real sense of achievement, while if you can get a fishing permit you can have all the fun of just relaxing and watching view, with the potential bonus of free dinner at the end of it.

It’s one thing going somewhere together, it’s another thing doing something together, and it can give you memories to treasure.

Reason Four: You Can Let Your Hair Down

When you’re living in a tent, and only have access to the campsites bathroom facilities, it’s impossible to keep up the immaculately stylish outfits and perfect hair that you’re normally known for. This may actually be a good thing. Letting your hair down for a few days in each other’s company is a great way to build intimacy, and make yourself a bit more comfortable around each other.

Reason Five: It’s Just The Two of You

These days it’s rare that you’re ever really alone with someone. Even if there are just two of you in the room, there’s the phone line, your mobile phone, and through your mobile access to your emails and your twitter account and your facebook page.

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Top Five Most Romantic Cities

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There are many reasons to travel, whether it’s the annual family summer holiday, or a romantic getaway with just your spouse, the destination must match the occasion. It’s true that many of the most popular vacation destinations in the world cater to all kinds of travelers, but there are a few that offer the best experience possible for those in search of Romance. Whether it’s your Honeymoon, or just an escape from every day life, choosing the most romantic destination can make the difference in your holiday experience. The best backdrop for lovers on vacation will of course depend on several factors, however, there are several that are by far the most coveted. Here are just the top five cities that have been considered the most romantic travel destinations in the world.

1) Venice, Italy: this is likely not a surprise for many, but this city is well known for it’s romantic setting for a reason. It doesn’t get more iconic than taking a ride down the canals, sitting at a quaint cafe, and admiring the picturesque skyline. This city offers a broad range of experiences for all kinds of couples. Whether you’re the active, sightseeing type, or the relaxed and leisurely kind. All couples will fall in love all over again in Venice.

2) Prague, Czech Republic: now this one, on the other hand, may be a surprise. This historical capital has much to offer, which explains it’s growing popularity as a coveted European destination. Much like many other favorite cities in Europe, Prague offers the iconic look and feel you’d come to expect from Europe. Everything from stunning cathedrals, to a romantic river cruises, to delicious cuisine can be found here. In fact, one of the most beautiful cafes in the world is in Prague, the Imperial Cafe; this cafe is so famous, it has appeared in a vast number of movies.

3) Paris, France: this city is often related with romance and love, and once you go and experience it in person, you’ll know why. The size and splendor of Paris is unrivaled, with many picturesque sites, along with quiet streets and parks to lose yourself in. You can have it all here, from romantic, candle lit dinners, to picnics in the park. You can find excitement, and privacy, in this city designed for lovers.

4) Lisbon, Portugal: many find busy capitals anything but romantic, but Lisbon is another European exception. With iconic trams, cobblestone streets, ocean views, shopping and more, you can have a little bit of everything in this Portuguese capital. Breath taking views can be found on hill tops through out the city, and the abundance of delicious, local wines are sure to set the mood.

5) Florence, Italy: don’t be surprised that two Italian cities made the list, as many could easily fill all five positions with this romantic country’s cities. Whether it’s the sprawling countryside, or the city’s center, Italy provides couples with the atmosphere and environment they’re craving for romance. Florence has the restaurants, sights, history, and charm that you’ve always been looking for on your romantic getaway.

This post was written by Sara Woods from Mega.co.uk. Take a look at their Low cost holidays before you book any romantic breaks.

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