Globally, 32 per cent of expats reported being in a relationship with a person who hails from their adopted country – and the survey revealed the locations where you’re more likely than average to be swept off your feet by a local resident.
Oliver Stahman, 40, an artist and writer from Hamburg, Germany, has lived in Peru for six years. He said: “Peruvians are lovely welcoming people and very open minded towards foreigners.
They came into my room with machine guns trying to see if any were hiding under my bed.
Karen was living alone and also felt unsafe, so she invited me to stay,” he explained.
“I’ve also heard of people meeting people from Peru online via social media and dating websites.The couple ended up falling in love and now have a young son together.Just four days after they first met, Oliver was woken in the middle of the night.“Police turned up at the hostel looking for Colombian drug dealers.He met his Peruvian wife, Karen, via Facebook a few months after he arrived, when he was living in a cheap hostel in Lima.
His future wife was working as a consultant for an art gallery, he asked her some questions about an exhibition via Facebook messages, and they ended up meeting for dinner.