What were your first impressions?
He was handsome and lovely from the start, which was a surprise and definitely not what I had in mind when I first saw him.
He was tall (hallelujah) and seemed quite shy at first but when the photographer left he relaxed.
Would you have swiped left or right?
I would’ve swiped left if I’d seen him on a dating app, but this was great to test to see whether my idea of someone can change, which it did.
A firm thumb to the right.
How was the conversation and what did you talk about?
A little awkward at first, but that’s standard when you meet someone new. However, he was lovely and we spoke about what we do and where we would like to travel.
We discussed his/my work, his move to the UK [from Mozambique] and our shared desire to travel more.
What was the most interesting thing about him?
Marc has done some modelling, which was interesting. Particularly how it wasn’t as glamorous as I thought. It was also interesting to find him quite down-to-earth and very easy to talk to, which is usually not the case with dates I’ve been on.
His childhood sounded exciting. I grew up in Hertfordshire so anywhere with a bit of sun and sand sounds like the childhood of a prince.
What was his best quality?
His sarcasm. He didn’t take himself too seriously at all and it made it easy to just have fun and relax.
He seemed to want to get to know me and was keen on asking questions, which is a rarity.
Were there any deal-breakers?
Not at all. I don’t judge too quickly and the date flowed very easily.
Initially his age, but I soon found out that he was mature and we seemed to have similar aspirations.
What were you most worried he would notice about you?
That I am a klutz, sarcastic and laugh at silly things. I can’t pull off the sophisticated and formal look, which has been a problem before.
My appalling geography.
How was the food?
Unusual, but in a good way! I screwed up my order the first time around, which was embarrassing, but the staff were friendly and changed it right away. I had a nice Asian bowl, which was my healthy intake for the week.
My sashimi was awesome, but Ricky’s a vegetarian, so when his steak salad arrived we had a really good laugh.
Ricky and Marc dined at M Restaurant, Victoria Street, London.
Any awkward moments?
Difficult to tell as I generally don’t notice them, but I think when we first met it was a tad awkward. I arrived first and Marc arrived just after and we were both thrown into a position for photos, but it was unusual, fun and gave us something to giggle about afterwards.
Ricky ordered a Carlsberg and ended up with a cosmo. He drank it anyway, I think he’s converted.
Snog, marry, avoid?
At the moment, snog. I don’t like rushing into things as it might take the magic away (yes, I’m a romantic).
What’s between snog and marry?
Will you meet again?
I think so. He’s a great guy and we got along well. I don’t know if we would be compatible, but I guess that’s hard to tell from one date.
We discussed the possibility, so we will have to see.
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