Blind date: Education assistant and student Nadia and geology technician Matt met in Servo

Matt, 26, says:

I went there earlier because I was a bit nervous. I drank a few pints before she arrived to kill some nerves. So I was just waiting for her to come and the cricket was on so I was watching the cricket. Then Nadia was shown where I was sitting.

In fact, I think it went pretty well. We are very similar people. I was actually quite surprised at the similarities you are able to match us on. We’re both ex-country folk, we moved to Perth, we went to boarding school, so our life story was pretty comparable to each other.

It’s a pretty girl. I don’t really have any complaints.

She is from Carnamah and I know many people in and around that area even though I grew up in Kalbarri. I used to play football that way and one of my best friends is from there. One of the guys that was with this mate actually knew who she was.

She played a little netball and I really like netball. I have played mixed netball in the past. I know all the rules unlike most guys who play. My mother is a netball enthusiast.

I’m all about camping and the outdoors. I configured my 4×4 to be able to drive around Australia. I’ve done quite a few myself. It’s one of my great hobbies. Almost all my money goes to my car. I was a tour guide in Western Australia. I live and breathe Western Australia. I think it’s one of the most beautiful places so that’s what I like, walking it up and down. I am definitely a defender of the North.

We were there until closing time. We looked around and thought ‘oh, they’re about to fire us’. We would have continued drinking but everything else was closing.

The food was good, especially the fried chicken.

I don’t think there was any chemistry to pursue another date. But as far as how well we got along, we got along like a house on fire, it was a really good date.

Verdict: 8/10

Nadia, 23, says:

I was so nervous at first. I literally haven’t eaten all day because I was the most nervous I’ve ever been. I had to call my friend before to reassure me. It was probably because of the unknown and the fear of being caught out. But I really loved it. Servo is also such a good place. The food and drinks were so good.

He was such a lovely guy, so down to earth. I also felt like we had a lot in common. Very similar interests. We both went to boarding school, he’s from the countryside, that’s what I like in a guy. I seem to fall in love with all the country boys.

We exchanged Facebook and we have three mutual friends. So with him being from Kalbarri and me being from Carnamah, which is a few hours south of there, he knew a lot of people that I knew from a nearby town. He said he was doing sports for one of the small towns that I knew too, so I was like “what a small world.”

There was a lot to say. We both love music, so we talked about it and went to festivals. He was at SNACK the day before. We also exchanged songs that we like.

We also talked a lot about travel. I said that I had traveled solo through Europe only two years ago and he mentioned that he had traveled through Australia and wanted to go to the Top End.

I left very happy because I felt like we got along so well. There was a lot to talk about and we had so much the same interests. But he texted the next day and said he felt like there was no chemistry and I told him I would have given him a chance, but he doesn’t seem to think so. When I first read it, I was a little surprised. I like honesty though. I really respect that, and I told him that.

It was still really good to get out of my comfort zone and it was just nice to have those banter and have a good time.

Verdict: 9/10

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