the perfect first date

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I read a tweet today that said a perfect first date would be to go to a used book store and buy each other a book. I don’t think I could think of a better way of getting an indication whether you could get along with someone in one book.

Books are so personal and they hold so many memories and feelings. I don’t think that he would have to pick me a book that I liked; I would just care about the story behind it and why he thought that it would be a good book for me.

And what a beautiful way to spend an afternoon!

When I lived in Cape Town, we would often wander down Long Street where there were just endless vintage bookshops. I could spend the whole afternoon going in one after the other and finding quirky little books that you would never find anywhere else.

Follow that with a coffee and a slice of cake in one of the cafes that plays cool jazz music and has waiting staff that are pierced and tattooed and you have yourself a weirdly wonderful date. We wouldn’t even need to talk, we could just read the books that were chosen for us and let the pages do the talking.

Much Love

Rachel xx

12 thoughts on “the perfect first date

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Oh, my, Rachel, that sounds like a perfect first date to me! I’ve always loved vintage and other independent bookshops, and exploring them is so much fun. Add to that jazz (which I very much enjoy) and a coffee, and I say you can’t go wrong.

  2. Lisa Orchard

    This is an awesome idea. In fact, hubby and I used to go to a bookstore when we were dating or just for a date night for us and browse the books. It was very relaxing. I’m going to suggest we do it again! Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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