With a median age of 27 (male and female), a vibrant nightlife and year-round sunshine, the whole thing can feel like a Club 18-30 holiday that never ends. Expats spend their tax-free salaries eating, drinking and generally showing off in public, so there is ample opportunity to meet the desired sex.
This is not a place for shrinking violets; striking up a conversation with a stranger is easy and normal.
A woman I know snagged a boyfriend when she described her ideal job as a combination of circus performer and archaeologist. Unless you know for sure that you only want to meet, say, a nonsmoking Portuguese-speaking dentist, go easy on the list of qualities he must have.
Don't "like fine dining" when you can be passionate about Memphis barbecue, don't "enjoy movies" when you can declare your enthusiasm for Mel Brooks. Include the basics: your age and occupation, whether or not you have children, whether you're looking for a date or a life partner. "Mid-30s" or "early 40s" is fine, but assume he'll round up.8.
Some restaurant etiquette is just common sense: Don't speak when your mouth is full, don't tell rude jokes during the meal, and always cover your mouth when you cough. She not only makes a living teaching people the nuances of decorum, but has even written the book, "The Art of the Meal: Simple Etiquette for Simply Everyone." She shared some guidelines for dining at expensive restaurants.
We spoke with expert Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick of The Etiquette School of New York.
After four years, scads of lays, and many great girlfriends (plus plenty of failures along the way), he launched this website.
He spontaneously delivered a sincere apology, and apparently had thought about his desire to apologize to me long before that date.
The apology resolved some issues for me, about things that I had been blaming on myself, and which, he explained, were really about stuff going on with him. I can think of many other apologies that could be offered years later, and would still be life-changing.
This approach could backfire, because it fails to satisfy any of the key ingredients of an effective apology and implies the mistake will likely happen again. I would suggest: "Offer your apology in a timely manner, and do not leave the injured party to stew over what you've done." and "If it has been months or years since a serious offense, then it is better to offer your sincere apology late, than never." FYI: I can still recall an apology I received from an ex-boyfriend about 25 years ago.
I just happened to run into him in a restaurant, when I hadn't seen him for at least 6 years.