Before I left for Peru, I often joked that I hoped a family would adopt me so I could learn about the food and culture from a local’s perspective. Pizza may not be traditionally Peruvian, but the hospitality of the Candioti family was second to none.
Marbel and I work together at the same language institute, and the more I got to know her, the more I realised how much we had in common. She and I are both in our thirties, and she had studied at Cambridge University. We also share a mutual love for music, dance and food - I feel like she and I could become really good friends. We’ve even talked about meeting up in Bali, giving ourselves a year to get our “bikini” bodies ready. Marbel also knows all about Kiwi sarcasm.