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9 Things That Happened While I Dated Outside My Race

In a country as diverse as the U.S., there are millions of couples who come from different cultural backgrounds. While dating a gringo or a European guy might present some challenges, it can also be a very enriching experience. This is my personal experience of the good and not-so-good of dating a Dutch man.

You get to try authentic food from a country you’re not familiar with.

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Although I’ll never eat raw herring again, I’m sure going to miss the stroopwafel supply (two thin waffles stuck together with a layer of sweet syrup) his mom used to send on a regular basis. Spread some arequipe on top and you have your own Ducth-Colombian culinary deliciousness.

If you have kids, chances are they’ll grow up bilingual.

Traveling becomes more attainable.

There is always something new to learn.

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I got to learn so much about his food and culture and on the flipside, I *tried* to teach him some salsa moves.

Language can be a bridge or a barrier.

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While dating someone who speaks a different language can be all fun and exciting (bebés bilingües!) It can also be a drag. My ex didn’t understand much Spanish, and his lack of interest in learning made most get-togethers with my friends (mostly first generation immigrants who speak primarily Spanish) a little uncomfortable.

Yeah, I’m gonna say it: interracial couples look GOODDD together.

 

And that’s probably why you get a ton of looks.

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People would stare in disapproval as if they had the slightest right to criticize our relationship.

And when people get real bold, they ask things like “How does your mom feel about you dating a white dude?”

But in the end, it’s not the haters who are in the relationship. It’s you.

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*Disclaimer: Not me in the picture, just another adorable mixed couple.*


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