I see people moving in together after just a month of dating. I’ve had discussions with Belgians my age and younger and older and it doesn’t matter.They think all the rules of dating in America is headache-inducing.
It’s not to say there are no sluts or man-whores or psycho exes in Belgium. There aren’t “rules” here preventing you from calling somebody you like if you want to, instead of waiting a certain number of days or giving mixed signals and mind-fucking people.
It confused me at first because my natural state of cynicism.
I’d never seen people who just started dating attending weddings and family gatherings right away.
I can’t speak for all of Belgium, but as a general rule outside of maybe Brussels, I can tell you… Of course there’s the usual dating motions to go through and all the getting to know each other on the first date like there is in America, but here there are just less games. Let that sink in, because it’s still sinking in for me even though I’ve been living here almost three years. New York’s a city like no other and therefore the games played in dating must be like no other.
Being from New York City myself, I know the dating game in the city can be sadistic. In a smaller country like Belgium and smaller city like Ghent, it’s logically milder the dating game.