Written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn Sunday, 08 June 2014 19:26
When I was in a "dating age" in Poland in 80s in Poland, dating was called: "walking with somebody". Dating was also limited to young people, between 15-25 years old. "Walking with somebody" meant enjoying spending time together with your girlfriend or boyfriend walking on the streets or in the parks and holding hands. These were the only private moments since young people were not watched, being among strangers on the streets in public areas. Besides walking, couples spend their free time watching movies in cinema theatre or hiking in the countryside during weekends. The rule was that any financial charges for movie or eventual ice-cream were covered by a boyfriend. Young couples were not able nor allowed to have privacy in their homes for many reasons. In cities people usually lived in small and crowded apartments with their parents and siblings. Bringing somebody home signified that the couple is becoming serious about each other.