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by tomsax
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Testing water quality from tanks
Replies: 8
Views: 1276

Re: Testing water quality from tanks

Hi Alan, As you know I've been out of Peru for a long time. But I am a water engineer. For testing for bacteria you need a coliform test (ideally both for total and fecal coliform bacteria). Coliformd are an indicator of likely fecal and general bacteriological contamination. There are general guide...
by tomsax
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: To all nurses who want to come to Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 2598

Re: To all nurses who want to come to Peru

I am a an English guy, married to a Peruvian midwife (obstetriz)in the UK. In Peru I think the status of a midwife is a bit higher than a nurse, whereas in the UK the status of a midwife and a nurse are quite similar. If it's any consolation, it has proved very difficult for my wife to get her midwi...
by tomsax
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Almost a victim!
Replies: 7
Views: 1707

Re: Almost a victim!

The same sort of thing happened to me a long time ago on both the Ecuadorean and Bolivian borders. This sort of thing used to happen a lot on land borders (may still do for all I know) but I never heard of it before at the airport. I agree this should be reported somehow Maybe to the tourist police?...
by tomsax
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Girlfriend
Replies: 43
Views: 5919

Re: Peruvian Girlfriend

Alan is right in that many of us have wonderful Peruvian wives/girlfriends. For me the big question is why she is mentioning her financial difficulties. Is she just being honest as others have suggested or is this a cynical attempt to persuade you to help her. I think many Peruvian women are attract...
by tomsax
Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Meet up end of July/Aug?
Replies: 0
Views: 1524

Meet up end of July/Aug?

I'm visiting Peru from the UK after nearly six years. Can't wait to see and hear how Peru has changed and how it has not changed. Would love to meet others during visit. Last time I met some of you in a cheap(ish) restaurant for lunch in Miraflores which now probably doesn't exist. Open to suggestio...
by tomsax
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mobile phone pay as go tariffs
Replies: 8
Views: 1099

Re: Mobile phone pay as go tariffs

That's how it was with all of them when I lived in Peru 10 years ago. Which providers don't now have a monthly fee?
by tomsax
Wed May 31, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mobile phone pay as go tariffs
Replies: 8
Views: 1099

Re: Mobile phone pay as go tariffs

Thanks ardilla for the info. Can you recommend a network to use. I remember 10 years ago there were Claro, Movistar and at least one more. Maybe there are many more now. What is a good choice?
by tomsax
Tue May 30, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mobile phone pay as go tariffs
Replies: 8
Views: 1099

Mobile phone pay as go tariffs

Visiting Peru in the summer after around six years. Can't wait! Interested in buying a "pay as you go" mobile phone while we are there for our use and then leaving it with my wife's family when we leave. Does anyone know if there are pay as you go tariffs that don't incur a flat rate each ...
by tomsax
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Brexit and Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 2306

Re: Brexit and Peru

Good to see British diplomats trying to smooth the way for Peru to agree what has already been agreed between the Peru and the EU so it can be extended. Hopefully Peru won't realise that the UK would probably agree terms far less favourable to the UK than that negotiated previously by the EU, just t...
by tomsax
Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lucile Campos has passed away
Replies: 0
Views: 348

Lucile Campos has passed away

Sad that Lucile Campos has passed away. One of the greats of Música Negea in Peru

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vdf3sMFHiyU
by tomsax
Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Is discrimination towards Spanish speakers increasing in the USA
Replies: 39
Views: 9339

Re: Is discrimination towards Spanish speakers increasing in the USA

Thanks Alan for posting the link. I found it very interesting and may look for the book this guy wrote about his time in Lima. Funnily enough he started to live in Peru the same year as me and then left two years after I did. I also have two young children with a Peruvian wife though in my case two ...
by tomsax
Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Video of 50's Lima
Replies: 0
Views: 528

Video of 50's Lima

I know there are some old theads of old videos of Peru on this site. I just love looking at them and have just found one I hadn't seen before. It always gets me the contrast between what is so the same and what is so different to now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_dCO0ENfC4 One another matter. W...
by tomsax
Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Islam
Replies: 40
Views: 4496

Re: Islam

No go areas in the UK due to muslims! I can't believe that silly idea is rearing its head again. There are some areas of London i might think twice about walking through but not because of muslims. Islamic extremism is a great concern but you really shouldn't worry about muslims in general. If we wa...
by tomsax
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Islam
Replies: 40
Views: 4496

Re: Islam

Tom, I am very glad to receive your response about this thread. You are right when you say that my experience with muslims is quite limited. After reading you last comments, there is no doubt that your experience is bigger. IMHO, Personal experience is limited to our own personal perception. It is ...
by tomsax
Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Islam
Replies: 40
Views: 4496

Re: Islam

I work with lots of Muslims here in the UK and have many Muslim friends from when I was at school and university. The ones I know are open minded, generous, professional and I am glad to have them as colleagues and friends. None of them have complained or are complaining about Christianity, atheism ...
by tomsax
Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Rio Olympics
Replies: 6
Views: 1118

Re: Rio Olympics

I was wondering how Peru did. Sorry they didn't win any medals. We watched the 5000 and 10000 and like almost all here in the UK rooting for Mo Farah, but also rooting for a Peruvian in each race. At one point Mo Farah was last and the Peruvian first which excited my wife quite a lot. I enjoyed the ...
by tomsax
Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 7010

Re: Has PPK won?

I 5 years ago I remember on these boards a handful of people were freaking out about the current fellow claiming that his election would mean the country was going communist Etc. In reality hardly anything happens at all he just didn't have the support and I think he realizes he got into office tha...
by tomsax
Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 7010

Re: Has PPK won?

I was so relieved when I found it he had probably won but am now wondering how half the population (minus 0.2%) are going to easily except this gracefully. As Alan said, not what Peru needs.
by tomsax
Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 7010

Has PPK won?

I can't stand the suspense. Has PPK won? Sure hope so. What a result if true!

Well done Peru.
by tomsax
Wed May 25, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Vegetable Spawns Larceny and Luxury in Peru
Replies: 9
Views: 3375

Re: Vegetable Spawns Larceny and Luxury in Peru

Very interesting Alan. The last sentence reads : "The main hope of Andean producers is to carve out a niche in the market with their authentic, organic, “heirloom” quinoa, appealing to the same consumers who were warned away back in 2013". I came across this sort of quinoa in Andahuaylas w...
by tomsax
Tue May 03, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How long Peruvians live? Lima vs southern highlands
Replies: 13
Views: 1788

Re: How long Peruvians live? Lima vs southern highlands

No prize I'm afraid. Apparently 20 years which I was quite struck by. I unfortunately I now can't find the link. I think the comment about medical care is a key one. Thinking about this further I imagine these are from registered deaths. I wonder if you are able to get medical treatment you might t...
by tomsax
Tue May 03, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15361

Re: Peru Presidential Election

misty wrote:Ok I think I got it, you are now saying the other candidates do have democratic vales. Do I have that right?


This is rather too obvious wilful misunderstanding.
by tomsax
Mon May 02, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How long Peruvians live? Lima vs southern highlands
Replies: 13
Views: 1788

Re: How long Peruvians live? Lima vs southern highlands

No prize I'm afraid. Apparently 20 years which I was quite struck by. I unfortunately I now can't find the link. I think the comment about medical care is a key one. Thinking about this further I imagine these are from registered deaths. I wonder if you are able to get medical treatment you might tr...
by tomsax
Sun May 01, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How long Peruvians live? Lima vs southern highlands
Replies: 13
Views: 1788

How long Peruvians live? Lima vs southern highlands

Read an interesting statistic today about how much longer people tend to live in Lima compared to the southern highlands of Peru. It quite surprised me. Anyone like to guess how much longer?
by tomsax
Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15361

Re: Peru Presidential Election

I fear that it will be very close and that Kieko will win in the second round. A lot is at stake whea very small swing at the last minute could make a big impact on peoples lives.
by tomsax
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15361

Re: Peru Presidential Election

I don't get why Keiko is so far ahead in the polls. I'm not saying there isn't a reason, just that I don't know what it is. From what I understand she hasn't really accomplished anything. The only reason she's a contender is because of her last name. Her big qualification seems to be a feeling of e...
by tomsax
Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15361

Re: Peru Presidential Election

Who do people would be the best candidate of the candidates that want to run? I know some have been told they can,t. I have very little knowledge on the candidates. Of the two front runners I definely prefer PPK.He has experience and I think his policies aas declared are the most in line with my pre...
by tomsax
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity
Replies: 13
Views: 1912

Re: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity

Your're probably right in that I'm not going to change Peru. Imposing my views? I wish I could impose my views on how Peruvian treat maids but I don't have that much power. All I might be able to do is nudge slightly at Kratistos views to perrsaude him he might not being completely fair. But I wasn'...
by tomsax
Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity
Replies: 13
Views: 1912

Re: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity

Because that is the reality of Peruvian Culture. We should help her be more integrated and these changes would allow for more positive change to her. I actually want her to have a voice. Why doesn't the maid get the "this is the reality of Peruvian culture' pass card. Why can't her employers '...
by tomsax
Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity
Replies: 13
Views: 1912

Re: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity

Thank's everyone for your replies. I wish I could answer to all of you individually. More importantly your posts inspired me to make some conceptual distinctions that are useful to our discussion. First, the idea of flexible status. I saw some of you brought the example of a maid. While it is true ...
by tomsax
Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying baby items in Peru and using car seats
Replies: 4
Views: 1303

Re: Buying baby items in Peru and using car seats

Alison, My info may be out of date as I last visited Peru six years ago but I'm replying as it is likely things haven't changed drastically and as you may get no more responses. I visited with two young children and was asking the same questions. Things like cots and cribs were sold in Lima. There w...
by tomsax
Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Honest opinions sought on dating/,relationships
Replies: 41
Views: 7402

Re: Honest opinions sought on dating/,relationships

I wouldn't be as blunt as el jefe but agree it would be courteous and decent to explain if you are ditching her. If its of interest, I paid for everything when I first met my wife. I don't think she ever offered to pay for food though I think she might have offered me the odd bus fare! But that was ...
by tomsax
Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Copa America
Replies: 19
Views: 2541

Copa America

Peru through to the quarter finals of the Copa America!

I was about to get excited but then realised it was 8 out of 12 that go through! Any excitement coming in Peru at the moment? If they win a quarter final that would get exciting surely. Who are they playing?
by tomsax
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:52 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In Peru with nothing to do
Replies: 14
Views: 2153

Re: In Peru with nothing to do

Your sentiments about trying than not to have tried at all, were exactly what I was thinking before I took this failed risk. I know that I tried my best with good intentions to get the girl, but the misinformation that i was provided ultimately led to the result. A failure is not falling flat on yo...
by tomsax
Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In Peru with nothing to do
Replies: 14
Views: 2153

Re: In Peru with nothing to do

Jacqueson, your post is very refreshing as it shows great honesty, great self knowledge and a willingness to face up to hard truths. Of course you must be devastated. But you have to look at the positives. You have had a lucky escape from this horrible lady. I have to say that I have known Peruvian ...
by tomsax
Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:44 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Difficulties in dating long distance...should I move?
Replies: 5
Views: 1159

Re: Difficulties in dating long distance...should I move?

What great responses. Helpful considered advice with no intention to grandstand, patronise or inflame the forum. Six months ago the responses would have been different which I think is because some key people have given up the forum.

Quantity of posts have gone down but the quality has gone up!
by tomsax
Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What makes a good land boundary?
Replies: 18
Views: 2787

Re: What makes a good land boundary?

Probably a good idea when we build a house there to build an annexe with it for someone to live there permanently, with no rent, to look after the land and property permanently as we will be unable to live there permanently for some years to come. It's a great idea to consider this. This is what ma...
by tomsax
Fri May 01, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: No crime in Huamba, Perú
Replies: 7
Views: 1249

Re: No crime in Huamba, Perú

Teamoperu, are you talking about Huamba, Ancash?
by tomsax
Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:26 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Pecocuwi Tours
Replies: 0
Views: 490

Pecocuwi Tours

Here's a webpage of a tour company a friend of mine has started http://pecocuwi.com/home-en.php. It focusses on more interesting out of the way tours for those who want something different. I wish my friend Douglas great success in his venture.
by tomsax
Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:53 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 105 hectares.. what would you do ? eco-town ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1404

Re: 105 hectares.. what would you do ? eco-town ?

Here's the most successful eco-centre in the UK.

http://content.cat.org.uk/index.php/how-cat-started

I worked there as a volunteer in the early eighties. It has got bigger and bigger and shows how a small seed of an idea can grow and grow.
by tomsax
Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru is off the list.
Replies: 20
Views: 5371

Re: Peru is off the list.

Peru was used to be a relative safe country where you could live well on a small budget. Now, it has become an expensive country with a low standards of living. Good products are overpriced and whatever what they call affordable is ''bamba''. The prices of renting are buying a home are a ripp off a...
by tomsax
Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: US MEDDLING IN PERU : Troops
Replies: 60
Views: 10547

Re: US MEDDLING IN PERU : Troops

I have to admire mamammia's patience.

I've long ago given up trying to convince JoshUS to allow a little light into his dark ideological bunker.
by tomsax
Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: US MEDDLING IN PERU : Troops
Replies: 60
Views: 10547

Re: US MEDDLING IN PERU : Troops

JoshuS wrote:Go back and re-read who wrote that.


Oh I take it back ! it was your often quoted fount of wisdom Mr Roberts, he who should know (you know he worked for the US government!). I can relax, Mr Putin will know he is a confirmed idiot.
by tomsax
Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: US MEDDLING IN PERU : Troops
Replies: 60
Views: 10547

Re: US MEDDLING IN PERU : Troops

In my opinion, I think Putin should focus on Europe and make Europe aware that Russia expects an American attack and will have no choice except to wipe out Europe in response. Putin should encourage Europe to break off from NATO in order to prevent World War 3. As someone in Europe I am so glad Put...
by tomsax
Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cable car for Kuelap
Replies: 1
Views: 545

Cable car for Kuelap

Here's a piece about a proposed cable car to Kuelap. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/mar/07/cable-car-kuelap-peru-new-machu-picchu I guess it will bring in more tourists even if it does encourage tourists to by pass the existing villages they pass through. I can't help being smug visited in 1...
by tomsax
Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why are white people expats and the rest are immigrants
Replies: 17
Views: 4192

Re: Why are white people expats and the rest are immigrants

So panman, the 1/4 million or so British retirees in Spain: You agree they are immigrants and not expats? Read the dictionary. The whole point of the guardian piece was the by the definition in the dictionary all people referred to as immigrants are actually expats and also vice-versa but that peop...
by tomsax
Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why are white people expats and the rest are immigrants
Replies: 17
Views: 4192

Re: Why are white people expats and the rest are immigrants

So panman, the 1/4 million or so British retirees in Spain: You agree they are immigrants and not expats?
by tomsax
Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:36 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why are white people expats and the rest are immigrants
Replies: 17
Views: 4192

Re: Why are white people expats and the rest are immigrants

Focussing on Peru I cant remember foreigners ever being referred to by Peruvians or referred to by themselves as "imigrantes" or immigrants. Then again I cant remember the term expat used much. I think this is because Peruvians are generally more welcoming of foreigners. Peruvians are more...
by tomsax
Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why are white people expats and the rest are immigrants
Replies: 17
Views: 4192

Re: Why are white people expats and the rest are immigrants

So true. I've also noticed that immigrant is not a term that often is used for French, German or American people living in the UK. It doesn't matter how longer they have been here. They are just referred to as people who live here. The term immigrant is used for other people without actually saying ...
by tomsax
Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Restuarant recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 4135

Re: Restuarant recommendations

I'm sure he can make his own mind about whether to go to Miraflores or elsewhere. He's new to Peru so I imagine he will have fun enough just exloring Miraflores. He has limited time. I didn't know there was Chillis in Peru. I came across them in Mexico recently and really enjoyed the Fajitas. But th...

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