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by markr
Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Opening a Bank Account in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 16623

Re: Opening a Bank Account

well, i just heard wih the new anti'drug law, foreigners cannot have bank accounts now, need a DNI or CE... true? I was in my branch of Interbank only yesterday, where I had previously opened my account with a passport, asking about the possibility of a friend of mine doing the same when he arrives...
by markr
Mon May 30, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: KLM Prices?????????
Replies: 3
Views: 1018

KLM Prices?????????

I know this should probably belong in the travel section, but I thought it might get a better response here. Kelly feel free to move it if you so wish. I have just been looking at air fares to the UK and can't believe the differences in price I have just come across. If I were to book return flights...
by markr
Tue May 24, 2011 12:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Becoming Peruvian?
Replies: 18
Views: 3670

Re: Becoming Peruvian?

Hey all, I know this is a popular topic, but I have a few questions that I haven't found answers to in the archive. First, I know that after having a CE for 2 years, you can apply to change your status to Migrant. With that, are you able to get a DNI, or is that a completely different tramite? How ...
by markr
Tue May 24, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Becoming Peruvian?
Replies: 18
Views: 3670

Re: Becoming Peruvian?

Like any other process here, I don't think you can set out a timetable, you just have to it take its natural course. I've just got my DNI and it took almost 9 months with some ridiculous hitches along the way. At one point I was being told, face to face, at immigration that according to the records ...
by markr
Tue May 24, 2011 7:21 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Craft beers in Lima??
Replies: 25
Views: 10200

Re: Craft beers in Lima??

You will find an excellent selection of beers here www.chez-philippe.net in San Isidro but be prepared to take out a bank loan if you want to get even the slightest bit tipsy. I have to say though it's a nice treat from time to time.
by markr
Tue May 24, 2011 1:51 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Looking for 2 single mattresses
Replies: 8
Views: 1603

Re: Looking for 2 single mattresses

There is no such thing as free transportation to or from anywhere, in the same way there is no such thing as a free carrier bag from a supermarket. Somewhere along the line you will be paying through the nose for it. As Kelly said, if you are offered "free transportation" you've payed too ...
by markr
Mon May 23, 2011 2:47 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Analysis: Nervous Peruvians delay home buys before election
Replies: 7
Views: 1648

Re: Analysis: Nervous Peruvians delay home buys before election

If I owned property in Pimentel, I should get out now before the bubble bursts.
by markr
Fri May 20, 2011 11:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WE NEED HELP FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LIMA
Replies: 8
Views: 1879

Re: WE NEED HELP FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LIMA

We are looking for an apartment to rent near malecon cisneros, San Isidro, or Miraflores. Can anyone tell me how much can a 3 or 4 bedroom apartment in those parts of town be? Is it really expensive to live in those areas? We think we may have found a place, however, we are not really sure if the l...
by markr
Fri May 20, 2011 12:50 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Catering - Lima
Replies: 11
Views: 3510

Re: Catering - Lima

If you fancy Indian why not contact Jay at the Mantra.
www.mantraperu.com
I'm sure some of the members who attended the anniversary dinner could fill you in as to the quality of food.
by markr
Tue May 17, 2011 7:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Michael Bolton concert
Replies: 5
Views: 979

Re: Michael Bolton concert

Tony Rosado is still much more affordable and sings even better! :wink: If I travel between San Miguel and La molina, there's quite often as many as 4 or 5 different singers and small bands get on the bus and perform FREE of charge. You can of course make a donation if you want, but it not obligato...
by markr
Tue May 17, 2011 12:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Coffee Group Weekly
Replies: 276
Views: 57612

Re: a weekly coffee group

Kelly wrote:I'm going to do my best to show up.

If euroman's there, playing his guitar and singing, he'll probably show everyone up :lol:
by markr
Sun May 15, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: birthday
Replies: 6
Views: 1301

Re: birthday

I'm told that the best parties and events you attended are the ones that you don't remember. I still have a ticket stub from a Black Sabbath concert back in 1974. Can't remember going, but I'm sure it was superb. I'm quite sure the members of Black Sabbath have no memories as well of that event. So...
by markr
Sun May 15, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: birthday
Replies: 6
Views: 1301

Re: birthday

I'm told that the best parties and events you attended are the ones that you don't remember.
I still have a ticket stub from a Black Sabbath concert back in 1974. Can't remember going, but I'm sure it was superb.
by markr
Sun May 15, 2011 12:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Expatriate Tax
Replies: 5
Views: 1236

Re: Expatriate Tax

A version of this law was passed by Obama in 2010. Essentially as of Jan 1st, 2013 all US financial institutions are going to be withholding 30% of all foreign wire transfers to countries that do not already send automatically and electronically the transaction details of US account holders. The ba...
by markr
Sat May 14, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Importing Hunting Guns To Peru
Replies: 16
Views: 5816

Re: Importing Hunting Guns To Peru

When I was asking in my local gun shop, here in Lime a couple of years ago, about buying a rifle I was told by them that a Peruvian firearms license was required, and to be in a position to apply for one you had to have a C.E. Maybe things have changed but unless you get some first hand information,...
by markr
Fri May 13, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: how much for a highway bribe?
Replies: 52
Views: 11391

Re: how much for a highway bribe?

Euroman. You should write a book, it'd be an instant best seller. Even I would buy a copy.
A friend of mine finished work and became an author. He doesn't just live the life of a millionaire. He's a muliti milionaire, now living in America.
by markr
Fri May 13, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: renting an apartment on a tourist visa
Replies: 21
Views: 2117

Re: renting an apartment on a tourist visa

Can anyone tell me if it is possible to rent an apartment on a tourist visa? Will landlords allow it? No problem at all. Landlords are not interested in in your immigration status. Just your money. And most landlords prefer to rent out to foreigners. As a foreigner, you can easily haggle for a lowe...
by markr
Fri May 13, 2011 1:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: how much for a highway bribe?
Replies: 52
Views: 11391

Re: how much for a highway bribe?

euroman. It's no good removing your origional post if it has been embodied in the reply from another member. It is now a part of history. So please answer the questions about the allegations you made. Where, when and why were you asked for a bribe from th U.K. police. You said. "euroman wrote:I...
by markr
Thu May 12, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Coffee Group Weekly
Replies: 276
Views: 57612

Re: a weekly coffee group

I think it is a great idea. I would like to suggest maybe a themed topic of conversation..to start off those more timid. My suggestion for the first round would be reasons not to live in Tarapoto. Very good idea, but I would have thought that those who wish to attend might want to spend an hour or ...
by markr
Thu May 12, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: how much for a highway bribe?
Replies: 52
Views: 11391

Re: how much for a highway bribe?

Belgium Bull and our miss leading information can be very detrimental and sometimes dangerous to honest information seekers. I have seen it time and time again from a certain quarter. Whilst it is funny at times, trying to undermine others or submitting nonsence to increase popularity does not help...
by markr
Thu May 12, 2011 7:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: help with advertisement
Replies: 46
Views: 12423

Re: help with advertisement

Gee.... he seemed really nice. I liked him.... and he was a drummer for a heavy metal band that broke up because there was no music industry here in peru but rather terroism at that time. he went to the paul mcartney concert a few nights ago. he's been to all the iron maiden shows in south america....
by markr
Thu May 12, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: how much for a highway bribe?
Replies: 52
Views: 11391

Re: how much for a highway bribe?

I have never been ask for bribes by the police in Peru. I think that the problem is worser in the UK. When I lived in the UK, I have been asked 6 times for a bribe by police. Don't you ever say that about the British Police. It does not happen and if you offered a bribe I guarantee you would end up...
by markr
Wed May 11, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Coffee Group Weekly
Replies: 276
Views: 57612

Re: a weekly coffee group

Here we go again. A simple suggestion from the OP, "I would be interested in seeing what kind of interest there would be in a once-a-week meeting over coffee", slowly heading in the direction of a political debate and a quest for one-upmanship. Precisely the reason why I tend to avoid such...
by markr
Mon May 09, 2011 11:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Holdiay suggestions?!?!?
Replies: 6
Views: 1324

Re: Holdiay suggestions?!?!?

euroman wrote:
markr wrote:The train leaves for Huancayo next weekend, it's a fantastic journey.
http://www.ferrocarrilcentral.com.pe/index_.php


I hope they are not run by British Rail. My experiences with them were terrible.


So were mine. They are the telefonica of the public transport industry.
by markr
Mon May 09, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 189506

Re: Cost of living in Peru

euroman wrote:
twobills wrote:[ 'anyone but bush'.



I like Bush.

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak ... 7929_n.jpg


So do I.

http://www.bushmills.com/Gateway/
by markr
Mon May 09, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.
Replies: 43
Views: 4667

Re: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.

People totally misunderstood what I wrote. I am not saying that you should be a conformists or be a square at all. I moved here too, don't forget. The 2 situations I was focused on were: 1. Falling in love via the internet, buying a ring, selling all that you have to move here and propose to someon...
by markr
Mon May 09, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: temps heat & hot water
Replies: 1
Views: 807

Re: temps heat & hot water

Simply do a search on hotels in the area that you want to stay, sites like tripadvisor are great, and then contact them directly. My wife can't stand the cold nights so I always check if the hotels have heating, or portable heaters that you can sometimes rent for an additional fee. Most decent hotel...
by markr
Mon May 09, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: sol de la Molina.... impossible distance or acceptable
Replies: 23
Views: 2004

Re: sol de la Molina.... impossible distance or acceptable

It's always to live close to work. Saves time, stress and a lot of money on travel costs. I always lived close to work. Never travelled more than 15 minutes. Saved fuel costs, time and less risk to crash my car. And when my banger broke down, I could take a bus or taxi for little money. Sol De La M...
by markr
Mon May 09, 2011 7:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ideas for American Travel TV Show in Peru
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Re: Ideas for American Travel TV Show in Peru

[quote="allyourbase"] If you want dangerous bring a camera into Callao at night time and film kids running at the 18 wheelers trying to steal them on the roads to/from the ports. If you want dangerous take a video camera into Callao at any time of the day. You won't even have to turn it on...
by markr
Fri May 06, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Video presenting the new Peru Brand...BRILLIANT!!!!
Replies: 35
Views: 8625

Re: Video presenting the new Peru Brand...BRILLIANT!!!!

Here is the video with English subtitles (subtitles done by an individual, not by the producers of the video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFtmSE5oPDA And here is a link to the original video in HIGH DEFINIION http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYLQ1az0GPI&feature=channel_video_title I think the ...
by markr
Fri May 06, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: what's your political typology?
Replies: 25
Views: 3772

Re: what's your political typology?

hey look... I match up with 9% too. And I thought my liberal answers (although few) would save me from being considered a stenchy conservative. Mike what is a "Stenchy Conservative"? I am a conservative, but never been called stenchy. The word "stenchy" should be used in referen...
by markr
Thu May 05, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Matresses
Replies: 9
Views: 1238

Re: Matresses

Following on from what Kelly has said, If you are buying from Plaza Hogar, make sure that what you order from the shop is what is delivered to your home. On the first occasion I bought a matress from there and swear blind that, even though I thought I'd followed the guys from the shop to the deliver...
by markr
Thu May 05, 2011 7:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: aircraft parts
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: aircraft parts

adrian Thorne wrote:One can of "RED BULL" and you will not need the parts. Don't forget the pilots licence.


If you've read more than two Biggles books they will give you a Pilots licence in Tarapoto.
by markr
Wed May 04, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: concerned
Replies: 29
Views: 2980

Re: concerned

I’ve been approached in the center of Lima by people wanting to practice their English. It was a teacher (Peruvian) and a bunch of his students. What happened is that several girls came up and asked if they could ask me some questions in English – I agreed. It took about 5 minutes or so, and in the...
by markr
Wed May 04, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Osama Bin Laden Dead.
Replies: 148
Views: 17322

Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead.

markr, I hear that happens a lot in Tarapoto It's due to the fact that most people who prefer to eat S/. 3.50 menu's wont splash out S/. 15 for the Bismutol to accompany the meal, and prefer to go for the cheaper option. Inca Kola. A S/3.50 menu in Tarapoto is equal to a S/ 25 in Lima. What's a Bis...
by markr
Tue May 03, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: aircraft parts
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: aircraft parts

euroman wrote:Does anyone where I can buy secondhand aircraft parts?

I need parts of a wing, engine, landing gear and door.


Use your imagination and improvise
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxfZHP1HHHg
by markr
Tue May 03, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Osama Bin Laden Dead.
Replies: 148
Views: 17322

Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead.

americorps wrote:markr, I hear that happens a lot in Tarapoto


It's due to the fact that most people who prefer to eat S/. 0.75 menu's wont splash out S/. 15 for the Bismutol to accompany the meal, and prefer to go for the cheaper option. Inca Kola.
by markr
Tue May 03, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Osama Bin Laden Dead.
Replies: 148
Views: 17322

Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead.

Osama Bin Laden isn't dead. I saw him today eating and laughing a lot at a Cevicheria in Tarapoto. But was immediately killed by an angry crowd of onlookers because he flaunted his wealth by drinking bottled water No he was drinking Inca Kola and eating a arroz con mariscos. If he was eating arroz ...
by markr
Tue May 03, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: concerned
Replies: 29
Views: 2980

Re: concerned

There are a few con artists that speak perfect English and even wear suits so beware. That's a perfect description of the guy who got my video camera. He was even wearing what looked like official ID round his neck and, from the act he put on, was quite obviously working with another person who eit...
by markr
Tue May 03, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Osama Bin Laden Dead.
Replies: 148
Views: 17322

Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead.

While I may have agreed with you 5 years ago, I completely disagree now. Al Qaida has fallen out of favor except among fanatics and don't have the numbers they used to have. Dictators like Qaddafi, Mubarek et al have often said that they were the only thing standing between their country and Al Qai...
by markr
Tue May 03, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Osama Bin Laden Dead.
Replies: 148
Views: 17322

Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead.

euroman wrote:[


Markr, you seem to be very interested in Belgium. Is you wife from Belgium or something?


Certainly not. 100% Peruvian.
by markr
Tue May 03, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Holdiay suggestions?!?!?
Replies: 6
Views: 1324

Re: Holdiay suggestions?!?!?

The train leaves for Huancayo next weekend, it's a fantastic journey.
http://www.ferrocarrilcentral.com.pe/index_.php
by markr
Tue May 03, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: concerned
Replies: 29
Views: 2980

Re: concerned

I was caught out once by a friendly type whilst visiting the catacombes at Monastère San Francisco, he relieved me of my new video camera. Once bitten twice shy. I once was approached by a guy in Parque Kennedy who wanted to relieve me from something else, but I had to disappoint him by telling him...
by markr
Tue May 03, 2011 9:31 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Osama Bin Laden Dead.
Replies: 148
Views: 17322

Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead.

[quote="Kelly"] While I may have agreed with you 5 years ago, I completely disagree now. Al Qaida has fallen out of favor except among fanatics and don't have the numbers they used to have. Dictators like Qaddafi, Mubarek et al have often said that they were the only thing standing between...
by markr
Tue May 03, 2011 9:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: crockpot
Replies: 33
Views: 4951

Re: crockpot

At home we have a big non-stickable frying pot with glass lid, The one that is made of "roca volcanica". It is great and replace several electric appliances.. Using pressure cooker is another great idea. It save even more gas and you can prepare almost everything there. The model we have ...
by markr
Tue May 03, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: concerned
Replies: 29
Views: 2980

Re: concerned

We all went to the center of lima yesterday and some dude comeup and starts talking to me. He says something about how he talks to all foreignors to practise his English and he asks me how his is. Then the people he is with (I assumed his parents) start taking pictures of me and their son together ...
by markr
Mon May 02, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Osama Bin Laden Dead.
Replies: 148
Views: 17322

Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead.

I agree with Americorps totally. Many people have died because of this man and his beliefs and more die every day. It must be ended and this is a step towards it. This is not a step towards the end of it. This is a step to much worser to come. Osama Bin Laden is very popular by millions of people a...
by markr
Mon May 02, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: crockpot
Replies: 33
Views: 4951

Re: crockpot

The electric crockpot has a metal part but also a ceramic part, so it is not 100% made of metal, also have a % made of ceramic (porcelain or glazed ceramic) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_cooker And ... a self-correction -> olla arrocera (rice cooker) isn't the same as olla lenta (crockpot) Seei...
by markr
Mon May 02, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: crockpot
Replies: 33
Views: 4951

Re: crockpot

The electric crockpot has a metal part but also a ceramic part, so it is not 100% made of metal, also have a % made of ceramic (porcelain or glazed ceramic) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_cooker And ... a self-correction -> olla arrocera (rice cooker) isn't the same as olla lenta (crockpot) Seei...
by markr
Mon May 02, 2011 10:25 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Osama Bin Laden Dead.
Replies: 148
Views: 17322

Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead.

[quote="Alan"] Who said the body was disposed of? That would make no sense at all. Alan. The Washington Post is reporting that the body has been buried at sea, to stop any fixed site becoming a shrine. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/osama-bin-laden-is-killed-by-us-forces-in-pakista...

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