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by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Royal Canin Cat food in Lima
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Re: Royal Canin Cat food in Lima

Any idea where I can get Royal Canin cat food (preferably near Barranco, Lima)? I've got an old beast of a cat with intestinal issues and that's the only brand that seems to not cause big issues. Thanks! There's a pet shop at the market at Óvalo Higuereta that sells all kinds of imported pet foods....
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Border Hopping - Help!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1373

Re: Border Hopping - Help!!

Sorry, you are out of luck. You will be denied entry in Peru, and will get a stamp in your passport, and a permanent block in the Peruvian immigration system to return within 5 years. They are really strict, and it doesn't depend on the immigration official. ( Read the forum for more horrorstories ...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Level with me about moving to Peru?
Replies: 18
Views: 1922

Re: Level with me about moving to Peru?

If you even have to ask that question, you're going to have a hard time. Come and visit for a month, look at the prices in supermarkets, prices for children's products compared to, say, Walmart or Target, what the traffic is like, the cost of housing in safe areas and the pay scale for jobs you thin...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Visa Renewal new Time Frame
Replies: 29
Views: 4891

Re: Visa Renewal new Time Frame

Hi Polaron. The second poster didn't actually say he overstayed, he said he'd just lost his TAM, which isn't that serious, as immigration keep computer records of those who enter and leave Peru. Passports are stamped as well. Also, it may depend on which country he is from. There are also stricter v...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Peru News and Views
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 6215

Re: Has PPK won?

Looking statistically impossible for her to win now unless she's planning on stirring things up, perhaps another fujigolpe.
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Peru News and Views
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 6215

Re: Has PPK won?

It's possible that Keiko's strong overseas following in the last election was more anti-Humala than pro-Keiko, so how they vote this time may be anyone's guess. Although, taking three days to sack Joaquín Ramírez looks bad in anyone's eyes. Was it incompetence, indecision, bad advice, or a demonstra...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping from Amazon/Ebay in US to Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 3013

Re: Shipping from Amazon/Ebay in US to Lima

My experience was that usually the postage was about the same price as the book itself, presuming it's average weight, with Amazon, which still made it cheaper than Peru. But why don't you use Kindle? Even if you don't have an Amazon Kindle, you can download it to a tablet. The books are cheaper, th...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun May 01, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Peru News and Views
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 13762

Re: Peru Presidential Election

Kuczynski will make the rich richer and the poor poorer. He will only support his kind of people. What would you say his kind of people are? Lepers perhaps. If you look at his family background, his father was renowned doctor who set up a leper colony near Iquitos, so hardly establishment backgroun...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Return plane ticket?
Replies: 7
Views: 1498

Re: Return plane ticket?

It's the airline that probably won't let you board if you don't have a return ticket.
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:57 am
Forum: Peruvian Cuisine
Topic: how much do you spend on menu?
Replies: 17
Views: 4994

Re: how much do you spend on menu?

The goblins took him away for telling fairy tales.
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Weakness in the $
Replies: 8
Views: 961

Re: Weakness in the $

Peru has always been a part of the countries that are pegged to the dollar (via the Bretton Woods agreement). They exchange can never go below 2.5. Gringolandia is correct, and the only reason why the dollar keeps slightly surging is your seeing worldwide sell-off of silver and gold contracts to br...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cycling In Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 875

Re: Cycling In Lima

Alan, my apologies, disgrace was too strong a word. I was a bit worked up about the issue. I know in these cases that it's best to sleep on it and write a considered response the day after rather than fire off the first thing that enters my brain. I guess that's the problem with the internet and for...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cycling In Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 875

Re: Cycling In Lima

I think you hit the nail on the head. Where else will a cyclist be able to ride their bike safely? Unfortunately it is to the detriment of the pedestrians. What bothers me the most is when there is a bike lane but the cyclist is still on the sidewalk. Anyways, since the police here don't really enf...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cycling In Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 875

Cycling In Lima

I recently heard about a friend's young daughter who was hit by a cyclist on the pavement/sidewalk outside their house and had to go to hospital, nothing serious thankfully. However, the way it happened seemed pretty disturbing. The cyclist, a respectable looking person, late 20s, with a nice bike a...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Focus on Business
Topic: Internet Speed & Reliability
Replies: 48
Views: 17412

Re: Internet Speed & Reliability

I got a letter from Movistar say they're increasing the speed from 20 to 40 mbps in my area for only 10 soles extra a month. Now, if their service and customer service were more reliable and I didn't have several down days a month, I'd be rather happy. Still, on the positive side, even if they get c...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Round Trip...or One-Way???
Replies: 69
Views: 12294

Re: Round Trip...or One-Way???

Unless you have a work visa, or carnet, the chances are the airline will not let you board the plane with only a one-way ticket.
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: Focus on Business
Topic: tipo de cambio
Replies: 20
Views: 4036

Re: tipo de cambio

My guess is the sol's strength is probably temporary, but it could last for a few months and it may rise further. Prices for those commodities that Peru exports have jumped recently, which means there could be some respite for the Peruvian economy and a jump in confidence. The reason is China has an...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting jobs and salaries in Peru
Replies: 14
Views: 3499

Re: Getting jobs and salaries in Peru

Hi, Does anybody have information / experience on following. I'm from Western Europe and considering potential migration to Peru. However this leads naturally to question of how to make money in Peru. Following questions: 1) How easy it is get a good job in Peru. Being well of in my own country wou...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Peru Travel Forum
Topic: taxis from Airport to Barranco?
Replies: 12
Views: 4564

Re: taxis from Airport to Barranco?

I came across this recently. It's from last year, but I think it's still accurate, although the fares will be cheaper in dollars, as the dollar's shot up against the sol, giving you more bang for your bucks, so 55 soles is now about $15.50 at today's exchange rate of 3.54 soles to the dollar. http:/...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Magical Cuzco Tours is looking for a Graphic Design and Operations Intern
Replies: 1
Views: 478

Re: Magical Cuzco Tours is looking for a Graphic Design and Operations Intern

So, are we to understand that you want this outstanding candidate, with all these remarkable skills, to work for nothing? Surely the purpose of being an intern is to learn most of these skills. Shouldn't you be offering training? You haven't outlined a single thing that the candidate can gain from t...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Focus on Business
Topic: tipo de cambio
Replies: 20
Views: 4036

Re: tipo de cambio

This week Gestion mentioned 3.6 by June. Seems to be trending up, question is how long and when to convert to soles to ride it back down? I'd say, ask again in five years. There's nothing going on in Peru's economy that's going to boost the exchange rate. You might see the odd small rally, but ther...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Focus on Business
Topic: tipo de cambio
Replies: 20
Views: 4036

Re: tipo de cambio

Okay, the sol is hitting 3.45 to the dollar. Looks like 3.5 is in sight. My thought is maybe it should start to stabilise around now that there has been an interest rate hike in the US, but with all the instability in the world economy, we might be looking at 3.60 or 3.70... good for US tourists an...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking for Golden Retriever puppies ADVICE
Replies: 4
Views: 623

Re: Looking for Golden Retriever puppies ADVICE

I realized you said you want a Golden Retriever puppy but have you considered adopting a dog from a shelter? There are many loving wonderful dogs out there just waiting for someone to take them home I'd echo that. There are some wonderful dogs available for adoption. f you want to look for a specif...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Focus on Business
Topic: tipo de cambio
Replies: 20
Views: 4036

Re: tipo de cambio

Okay, the sol is hitting 3.45 to the dollar. Looks like 3.5 is in sight. My thought is maybe it should start to stabilise around now that there has been an interest rate hike in the US, but with all the instability in the world economy, we might be looking at 3.60 or 3.70... good for US tourists and...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Racism in dating and marriage in Peru?
Replies: 6
Views: 1521

Re: Racism in dating and marriage in Peru?

This subject has come up before. Not the most positive of videos...

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by Sergio Bernales
Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost Strike
Replies: 28
Views: 6900

Re: Serpost Strike

A couple of Christmas cards have appeared, but a few packages sent mid-November haven't arrived yet. I'm slightly worried I'll never see them, as I've had several packages disappear with Serpost over the years.
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Peru News and Views
Topic: Peru's Wall of Shame
Replies: 8
Views: 3776

Re: Peru's Wall of Shame

The photo with the red line also mixes up SJM and Surco. Anyone who has seen either or both areas can spot it: it identifies the SJM side as the one with winding streets and cul-de-sacs, green areas, more spaced-out houses with pools, and empty land between the wall and homes for much of the stretc...

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