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by jimmyglen
Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy TASER in Lima?
Replies: 65
Views: 7698

Re: Where to buy TASER in Lima?

No I never have any real problems even in SMDP - guess I am not in a rough enough area :roll: I am back in the US now and most of my issues in lima where wanting to punch someone in the face about every three days or so Life is wonderful without the crazy that is Lima To give you an idea - i live in...
by jimmyglen
Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy TASER in Lima?
Replies: 65
Views: 7698

Re: Where to buy TASER in Lima?

I have a Ruger LCP380 and it is very easy to keep on your person even if you are wearing shorts It was purchased in Lima and If someone tries to harm me or my family they will be shot with out hesitation I also bought a 12 gauge shotgun for road trips If you going to live in Lima learn to shoot - cr...
by jimmyglen
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:44 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Advice on bringing doorknobs & "hardware" in my suitcase
Replies: 9
Views: 914

Re: Advice on bringing doorknobs & "hardware" in my suitcase

If i were you I would just spread out the items amongst all of my baggage Including my carry on On my last trip i came through with my ceramic tile wet saw broken down into several sections and spread around. Myself i would just try to bring it in but if you are worried about it then just have recei...
by jimmyglen
Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to find artistic ceramic tiles?
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Where to find artistic ceramic tiles?

I am remodeling a bathroom and have found nothing inspiring in ceramic wall tiles. Have been to deco center and the large tiles stores to the north of Lima. Does anyone know of any wall tiles that are more artistic or decorative? Something along the lines of the styles that are abundant in Mexico. A...
by jimmyglen
Sat May 25, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: buying a new car in Lima
Replies: 12
Views: 2002

Re: buying a new car in Lima

Thanks for the responses so far

Is there a uniform sticker price and will dealers negotiate from there?
Obviously it would depend on the model

The crazy thing about peru is the roles get reversed - people sometimes act like they are doing you a favor by selling you something
by jimmyglen
Sat May 25, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: buying a new car in Lima
Replies: 12
Views: 2002

buying a new car in Lima

Hello all We recently sold our used mini van in Lima. It was a Nissan Serena that I think was imported from Japan maybe at some point. It was a turbo diesel and we bough it for 13k and sold it 4.5 years later for 10k (just shows the inflation in Peru really) We loved that van and we have drove it up...
by jimmyglen
Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: anyone still in Cajamarca?
Replies: 1
Views: 603

anyone still in Cajamarca?

I found some old posts from some folks in or going to Cajamarca

anyone still living there?

It looks like we will be driving up from Lima after Christmas

anyone want to meet up or need something from Lima

thanks
Jim
by jimmyglen
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Chiclayo
Replies: 13
Views: 2951

Re: Cost of living in Chiclayo

I have given this idea tons of thought I think you can make it on $800 just fine for now the real kicker would be inflation - lets say your $800 is OK for now lets take a high inflation number like 5 percent a year in ten years you would need approx $1300 a month to equal your $800 today in 25 years...
by jimmyglen
Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Electricians in Lima
Replies: 14
Views: 2315

Re: Electricians in Lima

I am not in Peru as of now but I will try to help I would agree that an on demand natural gas powered unit would be the way to go the question might come down to cost of install and gas piping wouldnt it be the best bet to change your tank to a smaller one (like you said) and buy one that you can se...
by jimmyglen
Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Electricians in Lima
Replies: 14
Views: 2315

Re: Electricians in Lima

I am an electrician in St Louis (licensed electrical contractor) I will try to help but its not really a straight electrical question the bottom line question is - does the cost of replacing the unit justify the savings? (pay back) If I were you I would set the temp setting to the lowest temp so tha...
by jimmyglen
Wed May 16, 2012 7:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Is Peru the best place you visited?
Replies: 18
Views: 3098

Re: Is Peru the best place you visited?

Hawaii (Kauai) is hard to beat on any scale
by jimmyglen
Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What I Don't Miss
Replies: 16
Views: 1781

Re: What I Don't Miss

I dont think I could ever give up driving

I like to go where I want and when I want

and I dont want a side trip to La Victoria
by jimmyglen
Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting A Loan
Replies: 9
Views: 1695

Re: Getting A Loan

I would be willing to do the deal if it were legit

"IF"

unless this is your family selling you this business then its sounds like you are buying the Brooklyn Bridge
by jimmyglen
Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What would you change about Peru?
Replies: 62
Views: 9404

Re: What would you change about Peru?

Public Education #1

with out a better education system Peru's future is very limited

Schools should be priority #1

might sound cliche but children are the future
by jimmyglen
Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: shooting range or gun clubs
Replies: 8
Views: 3207

Re: shooting range or gun clubs

the one is San ISidro (S.A Arms I think is the name) is a first rate indoor range and gun shop they would not let me shoot (no Peruvian I.D) call before you go there I bought a 12 gauge pump from them and a Ruger LCP 380 (little pocket heater) - all in my father in laws name they have a nice rental ...
by jimmyglen
Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Common Advice Needed for Visa Interview
Replies: 14
Views: 1821

Re: Common Advice Needed for Visa Interview

did you search the archives?

search for "visa interview" for an older thread on the same subject


best of luck!
by jimmyglen
Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?
Replies: 38
Views: 8707

Re: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?

the one I posted in St Louis is actually kind of a rough area - but you can do better if you look around and low ball offer (cash is king right now) but here is one out in the country (1.5 hours from St Louis) but only 15 mintues from a small town with a Wal Mart etc and maybe 30 min to a town with ...
by jimmyglen
Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?
Replies: 38
Views: 8707

Re: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?

here is one you can buy for probably $25,000

you might need to put another $10 into it

it would rent for around $750

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhom ... source=web


Not in a bad area at all - St. Louis, MO suburb
by jimmyglen
Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?
Replies: 38
Views: 8707

Re: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?

in my opinion prices in Peru are way out of whack (high) and prices in the U.S are way out of whack (low) I dont anything about Europe The cost of a house should be somewhat relative to the price it rents for - *SHOULD BE* in the US I can buy a house for $40,000 that rents for $750 a month (thats ou...
by jimmyglen
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Selling a Car in the USA
Replies: 7
Views: 1167

Re: Selling a Car in the USA

if it doesn't have to be notarized then just have your mom sign your name
by jimmyglen
Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Muay Thai training in Miraflores, Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 1489

Re: Muay Thai training in Miraflores, Lima

dont worry about the language if you can roll and hang in there you will be picking up the technique tons of BJJ guys go to and come from Brazil to the U.S and teach just try to find a group with a good vibe and a talented instructor have fun - I used to train no-gi back in the day (wasnt very good)
by jimmyglen
Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Think I'm going to up and move..
Replies: 11
Views: 1584

Re: Think I'm going to up and move..

the above poster is on to something there they will ask you how long you are staying in peru once you go through customs so get your answer together also - I think you should go for it being stuck in a dead end situation is bad just make sure it sticks in your mind how bad (or not) it was because Pe...
by jimmyglen
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Going into business with a Taxi driver
Replies: 20
Views: 11748

Re: Going into business with a Taxi driver

I once thought this was a good idea too there are so many things that can happen (and will) under this arrangement you are assuming (and you could be correct) that this nice gentleman will drive safely and treat your car as if it is his first born (that will be great) or he could leave it outside fo...
by jimmyglen
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Teaching English worth it? Please share
Replies: 11
Views: 2466

Re: Teaching English worth it? Please share

great thread

I love business and I if I lived in Peru I would start a Junto Club like Ben Franklin did back in the day

has anyone ever really put the numbers together to own or start a school?
by jimmyglen
Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Camping in 2011
Replies: 4
Views: 626

Re: Camping in 2011

well hopefully someone will respond who has more experience than me My family and i have camped for new years at the beach camping places south of Lima - near Mala and the first night we were one of just a few and New Years eve there were tons of people We also have driven our mini van all the way u...
by jimmyglen
Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:31 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Just Opinions - Likes and Dislikes of Peru
Replies: 101
Views: 18643

Re: Just Opinions - Likes and Dislikes of Peru

I like a lot of things about Peru I cant stand the bad customer service and the way people will tell you a big fat lie and you are just supposed to accept it as the truth the traffic takes a toll on me when I am in Lima it seems like an hour to go someplace that should take 15-20 min tops in the U.S...
by jimmyglen
Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best retirement area in Peru?
Replies: 23
Views: 2233

Re: Best retirement area in Peru?

It is fun to dream from your armchair but you need lots of time on the ground to find something in Peru that suits you there is no one area that even come close to being called a popular retirement place (for gringos) in Peru I have been on road trips (in my own mini van) up and down the coast and i...
by jimmyglen
Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Immigrant Visa Interview for a Peruana
Replies: 8
Views: 2043

Re: Immigrant Visa Interview for a Peruana

Mr X I am not sure what you are exactly saying where you at her first interview? I am speaking from experience where my fiance (at the time) interview went off with out a hitch I was sitting next to her the whole time and the interviewer spoke to me about 1/2 of the time so unless this has changed w...
by jimmyglen
Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Immigrant Visa Interview for a Peruana
Replies: 8
Views: 2043

Re: Immigrant Visa Interview for a Peruana

you are going to be at the interview ............right?

I was with my wife at the interview and I can tell you that they want to see the gringo

best of luck
by jimmyglen
Thu May 26, 2011 8:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: hotel in Arica
Replies: 10
Views: 2856

Re: hotel in Arica

avoid the Hotel Plaza Colon

I put a review on trip advisor

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review ... Arica.html

it was like walking into a old horror film set

we drug our bags in and then drug them out

best of luck finding a good place
by jimmyglen
Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Living in Huaraz
Replies: 16
Views: 3495

Re: Living in Huaraz

be sure to keep us updated when you get there

I love the area around Huaraz and I could live there (I think - not too sure about the rainy season)


Jim
by jimmyglen
Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Curious: Combi/Micro Profitability?
Replies: 35
Views: 3424

Re: Curious: Combi/Micro Profitability?

my father in law had 3 taxi's at one time I dont know anything about combi's owning and renting out taxi's is the best business - on paper in reality drivers get robbed and dont pay you drivers run your can into the ground drivers wreck your car drivers disappear with your car etc etc etc remember t...
by jimmyglen
Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A different account of life in Lima
Replies: 114
Views: 25668

Re: Struggling to adjust to life in Lima...

If the gf is from classes A/B, she is probably used to having a cleaning lady and will want a nanny to take care of the kids (if you get to that point). I think this is the main reason why "higher" class Peruvians prefer Peru, they have cheap help to take care of things nobody usually lik...
by jimmyglen
Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A different account of life in Lima
Replies: 114
Views: 25668

Re: Struggling to adjust to life in Lima...

Great thread and I understand your plight a little I have never lived full time in Lima but the times spent have been time to learn my likes and dis-likes 7 years of going back and forth the bottom line about Lima is that to live nice - its MORE EXPENSIVE than most other places there is a growing mi...
by jimmyglen
Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Entrepreneur Meetup
Replies: 14
Views: 2543

Re: Entrepreneur Meetup

I had thought about starting a "Junto Club" (or Junto Society) in Peru

Ben Franklin started these in Pennsylvania when he was young

its nothing more than what you are doing

I wish I could be there - I have some ideas and i have always wanted to do this

Jim
by jimmyglen
Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Books in English
Replies: 11
Views: 3425

Re: Books in English

the Kindle is the best money I ever spent (or my wife ever spent) My wife bought me the larger edition of the Kindle and I love it! I had seen them before but I was hesitant - now I wouldnt trade it for anything! I can be in San Martin De Porres and order books in English delivered right to my kindle!
by jimmyglen
Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What's the best way to rent an suv or truck?
Replies: 15
Views: 2192

Re: What's the best way to rent an suv or truck?

If there is a reliable safe drive that will provide their own insured van for 30 soles a day
and they will drive you all over the country .....

then please get me his number

I will not only pay that plus fuel but I will throw in a menu turistico
by jimmyglen
Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A policeman stopped me today…
Replies: 20
Views: 2554

Re: A policeman stopped me today…

I was born and Pennsylvania and grew up in a project. I have a Phd and live in Kentucky with a beach house in San Bartolo where I live 4-5 months a year. I attribute my success to the education I had in the US and the chance given in the US. I see people working much harder in other countries and I...
by jimmyglen
Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 11034

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

sorry if this is a dumb question(s)

but is there a rainy season? -
how is it year around?

We stopped and spent just one night there at New Years two years ago and I would like to go back ans spend some real time there

I have ruled out Lima for the winter :?

Jim
by jimmyglen
Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What's the best way to rent an suv or truck?
Replies: 15
Views: 2192

Re: What's the best way to rent an suv or truck?

Hi I have a Nissan Mini van (turbo diesel) that we have driven from Lima up and into Ecuador it can fit 7 plus a driver - it also has an enclosed roof cargo carrier (peruvians think it is a small boat LOL) and one year we drove from from Lima to Chile we have also drove to Huaraz - Chavin all with s...
by jimmyglen
Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Piura
Replies: 16
Views: 2241

Re: Piura

I wish you luck in your quest for a good place I have been going to Peru for 5-6 years (twice a year) and we take some crazy road trips in our mini van there are drawbacks to everyplace - we have driven from Lima to Chile and Ecuador (separate trips) I actually like Ecuador more than Peru (dont tell...
by jimmyglen
Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Delta Airlines is charging $200 for the 3rd bag
Replies: 6
Views: 945

Delta Airlines is charging $200 for the 3rd bag

We love to brings ton of presents to Peru when we visit family We usually fly American Airlines and pay $100 extra for a third suitcase (under 50 lbs) we recently flew Delta and their charge is $200 it looks like the family will be getting less and less - between the airline fees and Peruvian custom...
by jimmyglen
Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Secluded places to live...
Replies: 13
Views: 2584

Re: Secluded places to live...

I am like you and I love to dream If you ave never been to Peru than you are just day dreaming When I first met my wife and found out she was from Pisco Peru - I found myself dreaming of spending my retirement years in this quaint fishing village on the coast, sitting under a palm tree .....etc etc ...
by jimmyglen
Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Construction costs in Pisco
Replies: 15
Views: 2279

Re: Construction costs in Pisco

my wife is from Pisco and we still have a lot of family there have you ever thought about buiding in Paracas? it would be way more money for the ground but Pisco is a bit rough you will be surprised by what is gone in Pisco and what it new. I dream of retiring in Pisco too, but you should rent there...
by jimmyglen
Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I just came back from Peru - $$
Replies: 95
Views: 10806

Re: I just came back from Peru - $$

You sound like me on my first trip! My wife and I both have Dental work and medical work done in Lima if we can (we live in St Louis MO 90 percent of the time) if you can live like a Peruvian than you will be fine in Peru However if you want to live like an American in Peru then some things are more...
by jimmyglen
Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: US tourist visa
Replies: 26
Views: 2968

Re: US tourist visa

WOW they called you back after you left! There must be hundreds of people that storm off everyday WE have tried an tried to get my wifes sister a tourist visa just to visit (she is 14 and we are not stealing her from her parents) We wife is a US Citizen now and I guess that is the strike against the...
by jimmyglen
Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Need Watch Batteries changed
Replies: 3
Views: 531

Need Watch Batteries changed

I tried Hiroka for watch batteries and they even stop doing them around Christmas time

I am bringing down some watched from garage sales and I need the batteries replaced

any ideas?

thanks
Jim
by jimmyglen
Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cheap shopping in Lima
Replies: 40
Views: 11783

Re: Cheap shopping in Lima

I have t-shirts and hoodies (and jackets) made in Lima (Gamara) with my company logo embroidered on I take these back to the USA If you need bigger sizes of just basic type clothing just have it made in Gamara you could just take a shirt you like and have them make it to the exact cut jeans and shoe...
by jimmyglen
Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Nissan Dealer wont work on cars it didnt sell new????
Replies: 8
Views: 1930

Re: Nissan Dealer wont work on cars it didnt sell new????

thanks for the reply

I have a good mechanic but I wanted the dealer to hook it up to the diagnositic computer and
see what codes up

still blows my mind to just flat turn down business

I dont think that a Ford dealer in the US would even be allowed to refuse to service Ford automobiles
by jimmyglen
Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Visa or Western Union?
Replies: 17
Views: 1938

Re: Visa or Western Union?

I use Visa Buxx for small amounts for gifts etc

https://usbank.visabuxx.com/

its made for teens and students but it works fine - used it for years now

I just set up the address for both the "parent" and the "teen" in the U.S

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