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by rgamarra
Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: those on social security
Replies: 44
Views: 5928

Re: those on social security

Isn't the original intent of the post to solicit what U.S. Citizens living in Peru will do if their social security benefits do not come through?
by rgamarra
Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How to play basketball professionally in Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 4163

Re: How to play basketball professionally in Peru

I know I've seen in the past a banner for the basketball association/federation over by Av. Aviacion (close to plaza vea, I think).... But here is the federation website: http://www.fdpb.org/ Or you can check here: http://www.ipd.gob.pe/ http://www.ipd.gob.pe/index.php/federaciones/b-b/basketbol Hop...
by rgamarra
Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone know where to get high quality vitamins?
Replies: 17
Views: 3573

Re: Anyone know where to get high quality vitamins?

If you are looking for high quality vitamins such as Solgar, you can check out Lab Nutrition ( http://www.labnutrition.com/ ). Most of the products they sell are fitness supplements, but Solgar is the one vitamin line that I know they carry. Beware: their prices reflect the "high quality."...
by rgamarra
Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: $1 Fine waived with Peruvian Passport?
Replies: 8
Views: 1637

Re: $1 Fine waived with Peruvian Passport?

My eldest daughter entered on a U.S. passport and left on a Peruvian passport. We still had to pay the fine. BUT...That was a few years ago and policies in Migraciones are always changing. There are three possibilities: A.) No fine is paid; B.) A discounted fine is paid (what we did); and C.) You ha...
by rgamarra
Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: To leave or not to leave: Humala
Replies: 37
Views: 4499

Re: To leave or not to leave: Humala

Regardless of who wins, it hasn't deterred my husband or I from returning to Peru with our children. You have to take advantage of the pros available to you and deal with the cons that may come your way. If anything, my dollar will have a little more buying power since neither candidate has inspired...
by rgamarra
Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvian mentality is meant for Humala..by Limeno
Replies: 33
Views: 8710

Re: Peruvian mentality is meant for Humala..by Limeno

Going with the suggestions of the OP, Kenji could never be considered a serious candidate for President since A.) He is "effeminate"; and B.) The world press would have a field day showing the video of him being "inappropriate" with a dog. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gonsjb3ec...
by rgamarra
Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Issues with Neighbors
Replies: 34
Views: 8354

Re: Issues with Neighbors

It doesn't matter what country you live in, if you live in a multi-residential there will always be some fussy neighbor that the luxury of a fence won't be around to fix. Buuut...Because you live in Peru, they can complain all that they want and there is nothing that they can legally do about it , r...
by rgamarra
Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Elections 2011 (December talk)
Replies: 34
Views: 4234

Re: Peru Elections 2011 (December talk)

Does Toledo have dual citizenship? I find that the oath of loyalty to the U.S. can be a bit ambiguous, since the "interests" of the U.S. change with each administration. I believe that Ecuador's Rafael Correa is also a dual citizen who was not lock in step with the Bush Administration, but...
by rgamarra
Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why the sudden interest in Peruvian citizenship?
Replies: 24
Views: 3670

Re: Why the sudden interest in Peruvian citizenship?

I have the luxury of starting the residency process all over again; although I had the opportunity to get my Peruvian citizenship before I left the country. The reason I declined when I had the opportunity was b/c I would have had to change my name on official documents which was more bureaucratic t...
by rgamarra
Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Tourism Video, please review and comment
Replies: 10
Views: 2208

Re: Peru Tourism Video, please review and comment

It's a good laugh for gringos that understand Spanish. I think however, that if it is the Peruvian government's attempt to civally "educate" their citizens, then they need to take hints from China's 2008 Summer Olympics civil education campaign.
by rgamarra
Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Wiki Leaks - Meddling in Latin America
Replies: 19
Views: 2436

Re: Wiki Leaks - Meddling in Latin America

The U.S. national archives released the Kissinger files within recent years. There is clear evidence that the U.S. had meddled in Latin America. As a matter of fact, much of our foreign policy towards Latin America has been in existence since the 19h century under the Monroe Doctrine. Franklin D. Ro...
by rgamarra
Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Large Middle Class in Peru?
Replies: 7
Views: 3011

Re: Large Middle Class in Peru?

Remember that peru middle class is a third world middle class, do not judge under developed countries' standard I am familiar with what Peru considers middle class...but if we are going to go with your train of thought, then does Peru have different standards as to what or whom they consider "...
by rgamarra
Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Homophobia, and what it costs society
Replies: 23
Views: 3433

Re: Homophobia, and what it costs society

I would be very hesitant to suggest that organized killing of people based on race, sexual orientation or whatever, for example the Holocaust, are just the same as any another crime Hmmm...I don't know the point that you're getting at (hard to interpret via the internet), but I think hatred is at t...
by rgamarra
Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Homophobia, and what it costs society
Replies: 23
Views: 3433

Re: Homophobia, and what it costs society

There was an interesting quote I heard recently, I can't recall where I heard it (it was in a documentary I think), but it struck me as being very poignant. It went something to the tune of "God waits until we are standing in front of him {in the afterlife} before he judges us." I think we...
by rgamarra
Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Large Middle Class in Peru?
Replies: 7
Views: 3011

Large Middle Class in Peru?

From LIP: http://www.livinginperu.com/news/13399 About 16.8 million of Peruvian citizens, or 57 percent of Peru’s population, are considered middle class, according to a study by Santander Group. The research also indicates that among Latin American countries, Peru ranks seventh based on the percent...
by rgamarra
Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Innocent Athletes
Replies: 0
Views: 478

Innocent Athletes

The truth about the IPD and the FDPTKD:

http://rachelinperu.wordpress.com/2010/ ... inocentes/

(Just thought I'd share.)
by rgamarra
Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Girl Guides Peru
Replies: 1
Views: 1413

Girl Guides Peru

I was wondering if anyone in this forum is involved with the Girl Guides of Peru (a.k.a. Girl Scouts). I am volunteering this year as a Troop Leader and Co-Leader for two separate troops (ages 5-6 & 8-10). I would like for my older girls especially to learn what it's like to be a Girl Guide in P...
by rgamarra
Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting a Peruvian Driver's License?
Replies: 29
Views: 4401

Re: Getting a Peruvian Driver's License?

Well, I'm one that failed my driving exam. Not for lack of experience, but for refusing to rent one of their ticos for the exam. My car was too big to fit into the parallel parking space, so they automatically failed me. I gave them a piece of my mind and got my international license instead. I'd ra...
by rgamarra
Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How can I leave Peru - investor
Replies: 11
Views: 1690

Re: How can I leave Peru - investor

Well in the worst case scenario, if they feel that you are indeed an investor and have generated "renta" you could always "invest" in the immigration officer's "lunch" if you get my drift. 8) All kidding aside, you probably will not have a problem leaving, the only way ...
by rgamarra
Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reverse Culture Shock
Replies: 36
Views: 4986

Re: Reverse Culture Shock

For me I think the first culture shock I experienced was when I returned to Central Florida (for a visit) after the housing market had collapsed and the economy had began to sink. Here were my impressions in no particular order: A.) Wow, there are a lot of newer cars here (this was before more peopl...
by rgamarra
Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Construction Apartments
Replies: 18
Views: 3174

Re: New Construction Apartments

I'm going to echo others and say that it is probably best to fit out the unit yourself. We had to put in light fixtures throughout our entire unit and vanity mirrors in the bathrooms. Our kitchen only came with a cabinet where the sink was and we had to buy our own water heater. Anyway, the option o...
by rgamarra
Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru ranked #42 in Worlds Best Countries
Replies: 2
Views: 653

Re: Peru ranked #42 in Worlds Best Countries

Finland is #1, really? I thought they ranked #1 for the most depressed people in the world? Must be a great country to be depressed in!

I think Chile only ranked higher since law enforcement and road rules are actually enforced.
by rgamarra
Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you feel Peru is becoming more unsafe every day?
Replies: 76
Views: 12985

Re: Do you feel Peru is becoming more unsafe every day?

My husband seems to think that security has improved somewhat in the district of Chorrillos. The difference? You only get mugged at night now, instead of during day AND night. A lot of the muggings and purse snatching that I've seen (yes, I've witnessed a couple sadly) were perpetrated by teenage ga...
by rgamarra
Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gringa Lori going back to prison...
Replies: 9
Views: 1751

Re: Gringa Lori going back to prison...

I think you articulated it the best, Mammalu. Kangaroo courts or Kangaroo politics, however one wants to label it, the court is only sending her back to please the masses. Why they are sending the child back (to prison) when there are clearly guardians available to take care of the child, that I don...
by rgamarra
Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gringa Lori going back to prison...
Replies: 9
Views: 1751

Re: Gringa Lori going back to prison...

All I can say is "good!" Her whole "I want to be a mom now" is complete you know what. Hindsight is 20/20, but she decided to participate in anti-government activities and conceive while imprisoned. They should have never paroled her in the first place, but on the other hand, I t...
by rgamarra
Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Real Estate Bubble in Peru?
Replies: 67
Views: 14163

Re: Real Estate Bubble in Peru?

Our plans are either to cash-in or keep-in, in Peru. Either way, we bought pre-bubble, so no money lost. At least we have a place to stay when we go back to visit Peru. If we did sell, the profit from our flat in Peru could buy us a nice cash home in Orlando/Kissimmee, FL. At least I have more prope...
by rgamarra
Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ghosts of Lima, Peru?
Replies: 21
Views: 5097

Re: Ghosts of Lima, Peru?

My husband tells me that there is an old casona in downtown Lima that is haunted. Local legend has it that if you go in, you don't come back out sane. I don't know exactly where this place is, but someone may have more insight or info on its whereabouts. Also, if you are interested, I did a post in ...
by rgamarra
Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian system for giving names vs anglo system
Replies: 64
Views: 14125

Re: Peruvian system for giving names vs anglo system

In Peru I've always used my married name (first name and spouse's last name). However, my children in the U.S. and Peru have my maiden last name and husband's last name. While it doesn't cause any problems in Peru, since it's the norm, it's been a bit of a pain in the U.S. I'm considering a legal na...
by rgamarra
Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:57 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Real Estate Bubble in Peru?
Replies: 67
Views: 14163

Re: Real Estate Bubble in Peru?

My personal solution was to get out of LIma. Lima like any other metropolis is running out of land to build, that causes prices to rise. I myself looked at the model behind the US housing crisis, the cities that had the moderate rise did not fall much . Many cities in TEXAS were not affected by hou...
by rgamarra
Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Leaving Peru - Credit score of Zero in the US:)
Replies: 12
Views: 1249

Re: Leaving Peru - Credit score of Zero in the US:)

My husband and I just bought a car in the U.S., we had our cash tied up in a CD, but we were able to manage a $10K secured loan (borrowed against CD) for 3.5% APR. We did this through our credit union. You can do it like we did (open a CD & borrow against it) or you could open up a savings accou...
by rgamarra
Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: WAtch out Bodegas Walmart is coming
Replies: 26
Views: 2503

Re: WAtch out Bodegas Walmart is coming

I don't think Walmart is going to lower already low wages in Peru. All the big chain stores in Peru buy products that are made by foreign slave labor. The TLC between Peru and China is only going to ensure that you keep buying sweat-shop produced goods. I worked for Walmart when I was a teenager. Th...
by rgamarra
Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Warning: untrustworthy landlady
Replies: 20
Views: 2810

Re: Warning: untrustworthy landlady

Hopefully your legal letter puts a stop to future abuses by this land lady, but in my experience, the legal warning is only a formality. You could tell her to her face that you're not paying one centimo of what she's demanding and legally it'd be too much of a pain in the rear to go after you for it...
by rgamarra
Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Adderall or generic psychostimulants available here in Peru?
Replies: 20
Views: 16452

Re: Adderall or generic psychostimulants available here in Peru?

It used to be easy to walk up to any Farmacia and ask for strong prescription drugs, but that is not the case anymore in Peru. Best thing to do is a consult a psychiatrist first. They will then give you the necessary RX. Without the RX most reputable pharmacies will not sell you the drug. Be careful...
by rgamarra
Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Credit collapse - question about US bankruptcy
Replies: 3
Views: 806

Re: Credit collapse - question about US bankruptcy

Your US credit score shouldn't affect you unless you are trying to finance a home in Peru. In that case you will be required by the Peruvian bank to provide your US credit report. If you are seeking a Peruvian credit card, it will not matter how good or bad your U.S. credit score is, you need to be ...
by rgamarra
Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Warning: untrustworthy landlady
Replies: 20
Views: 2810

Re: Warning: untrustworthy landlady

The eviction process in Peru takes up to 3 years. Like someone else mentioned, it is a long process. Your landlady is full of hot air. This, however, is one reason why I will not rent/let out my flat. I'd rather leave it vacant than risk having to go through a 3 year process to evict a non-paying or...
by rgamarra
Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: nyt article Coca in Peru Makes Comeback
Replies: 9
Views: 1641

Re: nyt article Coca in Peru Makes Comeback

I understand that coca is one of the base ingredients for making cocaine (which is a very complex and synthetic process btw), but if the (Peruvian) government wants to crack down on coca production for cocaine use, then they should consider regulation and not eradication...It's like trying to chase ...
by rgamarra
Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Spirit Airlines Pilots on Strike
Replies: 9
Views: 1059

Re: Spirit Airlines Pilots on Strike

Spirit makes LAN look like a luxury airline. I'm not surprised the pilots are striking. I hope to see Spirit's days numbered, they are the most horrendous air carrier on the face of this planet. Sorry to hear about your family's situation, Kelly. I've already learned the hard way not to fly Spirit, ...
by rgamarra
Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying used cars
Replies: 21
Views: 2203

Re: Buying used cars

I don't know what your budget is, but I highly recommend AMSA VW. They were just ranked #2 in the world by the VW corp. for their service standards. We bought new from them, but they were there for us well after our original purchase and they've been very good to take care of the people we recently ...
by rgamarra
Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: is peru destined for a credit crisis?
Replies: 36
Views: 6723

Re: is peru destined for a credit crisis?

If like you say Peruvians treat real estate like cars, well we sold our (barely) used 2008 VW for a very reasonable price, which was pure cash in our pockets...So if Peruvians like to buy barely used cars, then no doubt they'll take interest in buying a barely used and furnished property. Brand new ...
by rgamarra
Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 10985

Re: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru

Not to beat a dead horse, but the Miami Herald has one of the better English language articles on the story: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/08/1670454/elite-guests-are-no-match-for.html I think it gives a great perspective for Americans who are unfamiliar with the Peruvian culture and viewpoint....
by rgamarra
Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: is peru destined for a credit crisis?
Replies: 36
Views: 6723

Re: is peru destined for a credit crisis?

As soon as my husband gets his US Citizenship (1 mo. from now -- hooray!) he's going down to Peru to do the paperwork and get our depa sold. I saw the bubble coming in 2007, we bought low to sell high and I have no problem selling our depa at a market price that I know is (in reality) overinflated. ...
by rgamarra
Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Regains Fuel Exporter Status
Replies: 4
Views: 730

Re: Peru Regains Fuel Exporter Status

From what I have heard (from Peruvian oil insiders) is that Peru mostly produces low grade fuel...I am glad to hear that they are exporting, but what quality of product ARE they exporting?
by rgamarra
Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Dedollarization
Replies: 36
Views: 4035

Re: Dedollarization

My husband and I have learned our lessons about money. We've made good progress this year eliminating our debts and putting money away for investment. What we own, we own in cash now and we even have some acreage in Peru and CO that we bought in cash. I personally do not think that the U.S. dollar w...
by rgamarra
Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: is peru destined for a credit crisis?
Replies: 36
Views: 6723

Re: is peru destined for a credit crisis?

I worked in real estate in Orlando, Florida during the real estate boom. Property prices were going up $10K a week. The local newspaper had an article questioning if the bubble was going to pop and then in the subheader wrote that it was "not likely." 12 months later and the article proved...
by rgamarra
Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 10985

Re: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru

I think very few people think he is innocent and very few feel any sympathy for this man. Nor do I think much of anyone is upset for saying this guy is a creep and a cretin. I think the discussion lies more in the call of denying him his civil rights and bypassing the laws to get him convicted beca...
by rgamarra
Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 10985

Re: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru

A.) There are some really cynical people on here. B.) Kelly: Who knows, you might be right. A trip from Lima to Arica is no day trip. Unless a foreigner has done a little reading, how are they to know which border is the easiest one to hop? C.) It's getting very hard to believe by the day that this ...
by rgamarra
Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:07 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Tourist killed by altitude sickness in Peru
Replies: 25
Views: 15061

Re: Tourist killed by altitude sickness in Peru

The first time I traveled to Arequipa and Cuzco I had no problem with altitude sickness...Not even on the bus trip from Arequipa to Cuzco which took us to Juliaca gave me any problems. However, after spending 3 days at MP and then returning to Cuzco I became ill with sorocha on the train ride back. ...
by rgamarra
Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 10985

Re: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru

I was surprised by how quick the Peruvian authorities were to point the finger at Joran for this girl's murder and I find it odd that Joran would know how to use the Tacna/Arica border to leave the country...It certainly makes one go "hmmm?" But aside from all the speculation, I think this...
by rgamarra
Wed May 26, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gringa Lori Libre
Replies: 20
Views: 2774

Re: Gringa Lori Libre

I have no doubt that Lori was involved in a movement that she probably had no business (as a foreigner) being involved in, but it boils down to her ideology and that is ultimately what she was convicted for. I too agree that she should be (immediately) deported and permanently labeled as persona non...

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