SARAH MURRAY*, 28,
Online dating isn’t for weirdos and Tinder isn’t just for hook-ups or to see who of your friends are on it. You could very easily meet your new boyfriend online. I’m built for single life. I have a great but very demanding job that takes up most of my time. I also don’t like men hitting on me in bars or restaurants. But I’ll try anything for a bit of fun, so when my flatmate told me about Tinder I thought I’d give it a go. The first few dates were quite a bummer. Men talk about themselves more than women do, with very little encouragement required. Some guy told me all about his girlfriend and then asked me the equivalent of ‘your place or mine?’ Another kept talking about how much money he had – then made me pay! Luckily, I always had a friend on standby to make The Rescue Call. I went out with about six different men, chatted with a few more on the app and matched with about 70 people before I found him. Honestly, I swiped right because he his picture had a cute puppy in it. We decided to meet within an hour of me typing, ‘You swiped right, I swiped right, now what?’ I suggested after-work drinks on Long Street and that was the beginning of three months of amazing memories: dinners at the best restaurants in the city; betting on horses and endless bubbly drinking at The Queen’s Plate (a horse-racing event), watching sunsets from Table Mountain and fabulous weekend getaways. My dream man is from Germany and was in Cape Town doing an internship with a transport company while awaiting the green light from the German government to start his own sustainable shrimping business. By the end of March he had to return to Europe – and we’ve decided to keep it going long-distance. It’s actually much easier than we had imagined. I am off to Munich for two weeks at the beginning of August, but he seems on a mission to come back to Cape Town before that. Who knows, by the end of August one of us may be relocating permanently.
‘I right-swiped my way to love’
SARAH WEARS COAT, R1 849, MARI AND ME; DRESS, R560, SHOES, R660, BOTH ZARA.