After our cultural observations of Spanish men, a run-in with a French curling team, and an encounter with a gorgeous silver fox, Fiona left Barcelona to go back to Edinburgh, and I took the worst overnight train ever down to Granada on my own, where I had the luck to meet an Australian.
Nate found out I hadn't yet had Granada tapas, and we were starving after a morning spent hiking in 104-degree heat, so he took me and two others from the hostel that had joined us on a tour of the city's tapas offerings, food which happens to be free when you order a drink (of any sort).
meet Australians—like, so many I actually looked up some numbers, which is really hard to do for a writer first thing in the morning.
But seriously, it's shocking: Last year, there were 7.8 million vacations taken out of Australia, and 32 percent of them were to places other than the South Pacific, China, New Zealand or the States.
And because the third and fourth-highest group of travellers fall into the 25- to 34-year-old range, if you go abroad, it's decently likely you're going to meet one of these lovely men. The guys are some of the friendliest I've ever met, and they're incredibly social.
Making plans with them is easy, even if you've only been chatting with them for a while — they're always up for something!
The way to an Australian man's heart is through sports.
I mean, not all of us wake up on Sunday mornings and watch a recap of the latest Cronulla Sharks rugby game, but bringing up the r-word will get any guy talking.
Also, cheeky hint: They have a version of American football, aptly called Australian football, so that just opens up all sorts of conversational possibilities.
It can be hard to tell if they're into you or not.
They're kind of American in that way (in fact, in a lot of ways), so you're not going to be able to tell as easily.
On the flip side though, if you have a totally platonic relationship with one, it's going to be really genuine and strong. Most Australians watch Outback Steakhouse commercials with a deep and potent loathing.