Forget the internet

Remember how gentlemen started contacting me after I had placed my “looking-for-an-apartment-“ad all over town? I think I will only use these kinds of notices in the future for whatever I am looking for: a job, a husband, you name it. Forget the internet, paper ads on traffic lights are here to stay!

Yesterday I got another email from a guy. He had created an email address especially for this purpose. My email is “finallyinhamburg” and he wrote from “alreadyinhamburg”. He was one of the many that fell for my playing the Sweden card and even bothered to write in Swedish. (Even though I cannot fight the feeling that Google Translate might have been involved.)


Deeply indebted to Ingrid who was my creative partner in this project

“Hej, jag sĂ„g din ansökning idag pĂ„ ljusmasten pĂ„ vĂ€g till jobbet och tĂ€nkte vilken bra ide att göra det pĂ„ det sĂ€tt ;0). Tur att trafikljusen blev röd – annars stannar jag dĂ€r inte 

En verklig kreativ ansökning – tack för det! VĂ€lkommen in Hamburg!

TyvĂ€rr kan jag inte erbjuda dig en bostad 
 varför jag skriver dig? Jag har sĂ€ttet mig mĂ„let att göra varje vecka nĂ„gonting som jag inte gjort tills nu :0). HĂ€lsa en person som man trĂ€ffa pĂ„ tunnel bana, bjuda en person som man trĂ€ffa med kompisar pĂ„ kafĂ©t eller 
. Lite speciellt men varför inte? Och sĂ„ blev det idag att skiva Ă„t en person, som jag inte kĂ€nner ;0).

Varför “Ă€ntligen i Hamburg” – blev du trött pĂ„ Stockholm? Hur gick det till? Lycka till med sökning och har det sĂ„ bra ;0). Om du vill sĂ„ hör gĂ€rna av dig och jag bjuda dig nĂ„gon gĂ„ng pĂ„ en kopp kaffe!”

I think his approach was quite skilled content-wise, see italics below. 

“Hi, I saw your ad today at the traffic light on the way to work (casually dropping the info that the man has a job which as we know increases female interest) and thought what a great idea to do it like that. Good thing the light turned red – I usually do not stop there…(adding a feeling of “this is fate”)

Really a creative ad – thanks! Welcome to Hamburg! (flattery)

Unfortunately I cannot offer you an apartment…Why do I write to you? I have made a resolution to each week do something I have not done before. (Showing that one is a cool person) Greet a person you meet on the metro, invite someone who you met through a friend…A little weird but why not? And today it was to write to a person I do not know.

Why “finally in Hamburg” – did you tire of Stockholm? What happened? Good luck with your apartment search and have a good time. If you want to you can write back so I can invite you for a coffee!” (offering an actual meeting/date)

Of course I wrote back. I need something to blog about.

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