Love on the rails
Internet dating, speed dating, singles parties … these cant outdo what Germans are doing with public transportation sevices ... they are becoming matchmakers and the demand has been overwhelming.
If you are a Berlin commuter, then say good bye to curses like “I should have talked to that perfect stranger.᾿ If you are looking to contact a beautiful stranger you saw on a train or a bus you can now use a free online service called Augenblicke (Moments) to track them down. And the organizers call an international first!
The website, hit more than one million page views in less than a year, with demand growing daily, Berlin Transit Operators (BVG) said.
Your perfect partner could be online right now...
What are you looking for?
So how does it work you may wonder.
Passengers left love struck after a couple of i-hope-he-didn’t-see-me glances on the subway can use an alias and post a message, which BVG then lists according to metro, tram or bus line where the encounter took place. If visitors to the site recognize themselves in the description, they are free to respond by opening a private online mailbox with the other passenger where they can make thei interests known exchanging messages.
Here are some of the messages posted:
"You looked like a dreadlock fairy - I can't describe it any other way," wrote a passenger by the alias Kurzhaarstino.
"A light blue headband/headscarf, dressed in black from head to toe and a briefcase (!?!?!?). What an entrance... I was the one with a khaki-colored jacket, strange glasses and closely cropped hair half a carriage away. I have to know what was in that briefcase! That is at least one of my three wishes...;-)"
"A shy smile at the ticket widow. An eye-opening encounter at the end of the line. It often only takes a single, magic moment to seal a connection for a lifetime," wrote passenger signing off as "Seeking Cute Ticket Salesman".
BVG spokesman Klaus Wazlak said since the communication on the website is anonymous, the company knows little about the demographics of who is using the site or their rate of success. However, the number of mailboxes used for private communication indicated that dozens of would-be lovers were actually connecting.
"People told us that when two people smile at each other on the subway and then one gets off, the chance to meet disappears. We as a company saw that as an opportunity," Wazlak said.
"But you drank your bottle of wine alone and I drank my beer. Maybe we could do it together next time?" went another message.
And in a bid to spice up Valentine's Day, Deutsche Bahn were to start Flirt Express trains in 15 cities including Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt and Hamburg.The two- to three-hour-rides were to work like speed dating, with singles seated across from each other changing seats and conversation partners every five minutes.
For those participants that got sparks flying, they were at liberty to continue flirting at cafes and restaurants near the station where the rail company was to have tables reserved and candles lit.
Do you think this transport matchmaking would work? Look out German! Your future could be in the hands of the next subway you hope on.
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