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by miaperu
Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: VINO, mi suegra!!!
Replies: 0
Views: 418

VINO, mi suegra!!!

Does this have to be the best type of wine? Why can’t Peru get its wine-act together? Just across the border in Peru the Pisco - touting Chileans are making a mint out of their table wine as well as trying to muscle in to the Peruvian Pisco business. Peru has the grapes, must have the know-how… what...
by miaperu
Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties
Replies: 17
Views: 2327

Re: The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties

Well, it’s worth calculating what percentage of a salary a typical working class Peruvian might spend on a party up north (Piura). A teacher earns about 1,200 soles a month, so some 15 k soles a year, a party with un show, chelas y pavo for 30 people will cost 3k soles (remember people will expect t...
by miaperu
Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties
Replies: 17
Views: 2327

The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties

I could not help to notice during my time in Peru that families make a big thing out of Birthday parties especially when it comes to kids’ celebrations. Once a relativity poor family had hired a marquee with a full show of clowns, orchestra and food for all as well as all the beer one could drink, d...
by miaperu
Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What's the point ? Lima - London- Miami
Replies: 12
Views: 1701

What's the point ? Lima - London- Miami

Going to Peru and living in a City. I don’t see the point, I mean, a city like Lima is polluted, dangerous and poor. The chances of being involved in an accident or being mugged are higher that most European cities. Money is hard to come by, unless you have Western job, in which case services are li...
by miaperu
Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Private English Lessons - where to start?
Replies: 14
Views: 2024

Re: Private English Lessons - where to start?

I worked for a year up North in Sullana where I was the only native speaker and had a go at starting my own thing... i found students very ureliable, so much so, that once was expecting 10 and one turned up... the price per hr there was 15/12 soles per hour. I found that out of every 5 one one conti...
by miaperu
Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: beheading
Replies: 22
Views: 1752

Re: beheading

I'll be heading back to Lima if the weather continues like this. That's my act for today!!!
by miaperu
Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Government School UK Budget 4 million a year v Peru, 400k s/
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Re: Government School UK Budget 4 million a year v Peru, 400k s/

Interesting posts thank you... I did mean per school. per yr.
by miaperu
Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Government School UK Budget 4 million a year v Peru, 400k s/
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Government School UK Budget 4 million a year v Peru, 400k s/

Where would my child get the best education?
by miaperu
Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Update on my Peruvian citizenship application
Replies: 14
Views: 3445

Re: Update on my Peruvian citizenship application

Just pay the Dollar... everthings works like clockwork then!!!
by miaperu
Tue May 27, 2014 4:38 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Getting a uk tourist visa for a Peruvian friend
Replies: 7
Views: 582

Re: Getting a uk tourist visa for a Peruvian friend

90 days visa free to Schengen countries from 2015 for Peru and Colombia...
by miaperu
Tue May 27, 2014 4:36 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Getting a uk tourist visa for a Peruvian friend
Replies: 7
Views: 582

Re: Getting a uk tourist visa for a Peruvian friend

I'd appreciate any advice and feelings towards my chances of getting my friend here. Thanks[/quote] My wife invited her sister who is in her early 30s. She got 90 days at once, the fact the she left her son there was a deciding factor I would have thought. However she does not work in Peru but was a...
by miaperu
Tue May 27, 2014 4:29 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Bringing a family up outside Lima…
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Bringing a family up outside Lima…

It is very tempting!! Up on the hillsides of ‘Alta Piura’ there is an area of eternal spring where crystal clear cold water splash down from 3km peaks to cool the tropical heat, there are avocados, bananas and maracuya to the hearts delight. Besides for 60k soles one can have a beautiful adobe house...
by miaperu
Sun May 11, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru... terribly expensive!!!!
Replies: 36
Views: 4276

Re: Peru... terribly expensive!!!!

Not sure what you mean hand to mouth. A lot of people spend their entire monthly income, here and everywhere, even in rich countries, seems human nature. Plus credit card and mortgage debt. No cars at a private school? – many reasons for that, not sure it proves much. Availability of public transit...
by miaperu
Sun May 11, 2014 3:57 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru... terribly expensive!!!!
Replies: 36
Views: 4276

Re: Peru... terribly expensive!!!!

Always the negative, glass half empty. Problems of low salary are improving daily. Many people get the benefits that they are legally entitled to, like an extra months salary in July and December. Employers provide health insurance and when women get pregnant Peru has laws that force the father to c...
by miaperu
Thu May 08, 2014 4:00 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Living the good life in Peru
Replies: 57
Views: 3456

Re: Living the good life in Peru

... but Tarapoto has ANACONDA!!! :mrgreen:
by miaperu
Thu May 08, 2014 3:53 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Sullana, Peru.
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Sullana, Peru.

Sullana is a big town, very typically northern, its people enjoy life: food, drink and parties. There is little to do leisure-wise and little employment, perhaps the only guaranteed work is teaching English… however, as part of the culture, people are very laidback and consequently not very reliable...
by miaperu
Wed May 07, 2014 3:16 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Corruption pays off…
Replies: 14
Views: 998

Re: Corruption pays off…

Wow. Pretty quick to blow off Alan's opinion, someone who has been in Peru, like, forever. Me too, much time in Peru and I will be less polite than Alan. Your statement is total bs. Yes, corruption occurs, but 90%. Nope. You know why? Peruvians resent wasting money, especially for coimas, so most P...
by miaperu
Tue May 06, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Corruption pays off…
Replies: 14
Views: 998

Re: Corruption pays off…

Could not help but notice that everything in Peru, outside the family, involves some type of kickback. Whether it be getting a job, getting a job done correctly, getting kids into a good school… in fact you are seen as an outcast, and often ostracized, if you don’t go along with the corrupt system…...
by miaperu
Tue May 06, 2014 3:12 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Corruption pays off…
Replies: 14
Views: 998

Corruption pays off…

Could not help but notice that everything in Peru, outside the family, involves some type of kickback. Whether it be getting a job, getting a job done correctly, getting kids into a good school… in fact you are seen as an outcast, and often ostracized, if you don’t go along with the corrupt system… ...
by miaperu
Sun May 04, 2014 3:56 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 100's of English teachers needed. Urgently.
Replies: 10
Views: 735

Re: 100's of English teachers needed. Urgently.

How about adventure, food, love and zest for life... the UK is OK, but is OK enough?
by miaperu
Sun May 04, 2014 3:52 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Living the good life in Peru
Replies: 57
Views: 3456

Re: Living the good life in Peru

Chichi, I thought you were living in Tarapoto... I do agree 100% with you on Peruvian food, it is some of the finest and what a variety!!!! However, I still think that the Chiclayo, Piura region has some of the best, especialy when it comes to fish...
by miaperu
Sun May 04, 2014 3:46 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru... terribly expensive!!!!
Replies: 36
Views: 4276

Re: Peru... terribly expensive!!!!

I earn 150£ a day for the same work... here in England I can buy beer, 3£ 1,5% of my wage; a chicken 4$, 2 %... and some Peruvian avocados from Aldis 4 for 1$, .15% each!!! What do you think??? Mia, in Peru you were on the mínimum wage. If you were on the mínimum wage in the UK, you won't make 150 ...
by miaperu
Thu May 01, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru... terribly expensive!!!!
Replies: 36
Views: 4276

Re: Peru... terribly expensive!!!!

sbaustin wrote:The problem isn't really the cost of the items, but your salary seems pretty low at around s/1000 per month compared to what you might make back home.


The reality is that this is an above average salary outside Lima/ Arequipa....
by miaperu
Thu May 01, 2014 2:56 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru... terribly expensive!!!!
Replies: 36
Views: 4276

Peru... terribly expensive!!!!

My professional teaching job in Sullana at a private School paid me a good salary of 50 soles a day for 7 hrs work. A good tooth brush cost me 4/5 soles... which with my maths is some 10% of my wage!!!! avocados are 1 each which seems very cheap... bur still 2 % of my wage!!! Chicken 11 soles for a ...
by miaperu
Thu May 01, 2014 2:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The 183 day rule IS flexible...
Replies: 12
Views: 1808

Re: The 183 day rule IS flexible...

[ Mia, there isn't a limit of 183 days per year. I have been living in Peru for the last 5 years continiously. Last year, I travelled abroad 5 times and I got 183 days at all occasions. I am sure border officials told you that there's a limit of 183 days because they want you to pay them a ''propina...
by miaperu
Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Your Life in their hands...
Replies: 11
Views: 858

Re: Your Life in their hands...

I am back in England after having spent the last year in Peru. During that time I was warned of the danger of being mugged, robbed... Some parts of Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow are just as bad as Lima. Probably worser. I don't think so.... perhaps if you hang about at pub clossing hrs pissed!!
by miaperu
Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The 183 day rule IS flexible...
Replies: 12
Views: 1808

Re: The 183 day rule IS flexible...

I've just realised my flight home is 8 days after my 183 day visa runs out. is it still true that you just pay a fine of a dollar a day for every day overstayed? Yes it,s 1$ a day over stay and yes ChiChi if you cross the border at Macara for 50$ more or LESS you will get 183 days if you request th...
by miaperu
Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Your Life in their hands...
Replies: 11
Views: 858

Re: Your Life in their hands...

panman wrote:It all boils down to a lack of education.


PISA 75
by miaperu
Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:12 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Your Life in their hands...
Replies: 11
Views: 858

Re: Your Life in their hands...

These are the reasons why people should take the better bus companies when going anywhere, so you don't end up being one of the bodies sprawled out face down in a river with 20 other corpses and a crushed bus at the bottom of a canyon on the front cover headline of a newspaper here! Those crashes w...
by miaperu
Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:47 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The 183 day rule IS flexible...
Replies: 12
Views: 1808

The 183 day rule IS flexible...

as long as you pay, and currently it is at $50 per passport which will give you another 6 months. However, many of the systems are being updated which means that it is becoming more difficult for immigration to cheat and receive COIMA... so I think the days of 1yr ' legal' stays are almost over. The...
by miaperu
Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:01 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Your Life in their hands...
Replies: 11
Views: 858

Your Life in their hands...

I am back in England after having spent the last year in Peru. During that time I was warned of the danger of being mugged, robbed... but these dangers were nothing in comparison to the long distance bus travel, especially up through the Andes: Huancabamba, Huaraz etc.... I survivied with quite seve...
by miaperu
Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Does the north really have the best ceviche?
Replies: 10
Views: 926

Re: Does the north really have the best ceviche?

I was amazed to be told that ceviche is an English word derived from"see the beach?" I must say I have eaten some excellent cebiches in Chiclayo and Sullana, and pretty good in Lima. The worst must be in Tarapoto! Sounds that you have never been to Tarapoto. You should pay a visit to Cebi...
by miaperu
Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Does the north really have the best ceviche?
Replies: 10
Views: 926

Does the north really have the best ceviche?

I was amazed to be told that ceviche is an English word derived from"see the beach?" I must say I have eaten some excellent cebiches in Chiclayo and Sullana, and pretty good in Lima. The worst must be in Tarapoto!
by miaperu
Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why is Ecuador doing so much better than Peru... is it reall
Replies: 20
Views: 2139

Why is Ecuador doing so much better than Peru... is it reall

It was such a refreshing change to cross the border to a world of order and tranquility. By that I mean Good roads, no mototaxis, little trash and above all being able to relax knowing that there wasn't somebody ready to bug you around the next corner
by miaperu
Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: 180 day rule... flexible.
Replies: 3
Views: 681

180 day rule... flexible.

Just returned from my Ecuador visa run with daughter and wife. With 7 days until our 180 ( yearly visa) was upup, it was time to hop-over to Macara, Ecuador. The rule is 180 days for 2013 which means you can leave ans enter as many times as you like as long as you don't exceed the 180 days. If you w...
by miaperu
Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: keeping exotic animals
Replies: 13
Views: 1354

Re: keeping exotic animals

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Just saved another PACASO for 3 soles!
by miaperu
Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why is building work so shabby?
Replies: 11
Views: 1070

Re: Why is building work so shabby?

I think I should extend on my initial comment. Many of the dwellings I refer to look fine inside but once you are out everything changes, in many cases only the front of the house will be fisihed, leaving the rest an eyesore. In my opinion it has much to do with looking after oneself and not really ...
by miaperu
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why is building work so shabby?
Replies: 11
Views: 1070

Why is building work so shabby?

Can't help but notice that much of the workmanship on local buildings is of a poor standard. Simple finishing touches such as smoothing off cement so that an ouside wall looks reasonably presentable seem alien......
by miaperu
Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lago Lindo - Tarapoto
Replies: 7
Views: 2165

Re: Lago Lindo - Tarapoto

Thanx chichi:-D
by miaperu
Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:30 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In the ''hood''.
Replies: 24
Views: 3809

Re: In the ''hood''.

I have lived in La Victoria and Barrios Altos in Lima and now live in el Asentamiento Humano of Bella Vista which is everything but!! Unless you like listening to Parrillada bandas til 4am!! But people are friendly and welcoming and on they see you about they look out for you. I have worked and walk...
by miaperu
Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Chances of getting 6 month visa via Ecuador?
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Chances of getting 6 month visa via Ecuador?

Planning a visa run through Macara with hope of getting a 6 month visa... I know there maybe some "coima" involved... any suggestions?
by miaperu
Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What do you drink? And where do you drink?
Replies: 16
Views: 2280

Re: What do you drink? And where do you drink?

My refreshing secret is making a Margarita with pisco. Same as a pisco sour minus the egg with a salt- rimmed glass :-D
by miaperu
Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The problem with pterygium.
Replies: 2
Views: 322

The problem with pterygium.

I often see many people including friends and family with this skin-growth in an eye or sometimes both. I thought it may be interesting to share some of the risks gringos especially run at developing this problem... get your sunglasses out!!!
by miaperu
Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Making ends meet in Peru, tough!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1942

Re: Making ends meet in Peru, tough!!

Many Peruvians are living beyond their means... maxing out creditcards and so on. Wages still remain low, low too which is not helping. However a menu for 4soles is still not bad!
by miaperu
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Making ends meet in Peru, tough!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1942

Making ends meet in Peru, tough!!

I was at Plaza Vea shopping for a new toothbrush and figured out it would cost 10% of a teaher's daily wage, that is 5 soles, which is the same as a teacher buying the same item in the UK for 10£ when it only costs £1 to a UK o a Uk teacher. Then I thought well its Plaza Vea but then I bought avocad...
by miaperu
Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling to Iquitos by boat
Replies: 15
Views: 2786

Re: Travelling to Iquitos by boat

Chichi. The fare was 45$us including food and hammock space. One great difference was that there was a bar on the 3rd deck open 12 hrs serving frozen polar and brahma beers!! No alcohol allowed on yuri to iquitos!!!
by miaperu
Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling to Iquitos by boat
Replies: 15
Views: 2786

Re: Travelling to Iquitos by boat

I did this trip three yrs ago from Piura with a direct bus to Yurimaguas, only for the hardened! Once in Yurimaguas it was easy to book the boat the same morning as you board. Dept. is at 9am is but boat doesn't leave on time, two hrs late, but who is in a rush?! The price was some 100 soles for ham...
by miaperu
Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: keeping exotic animals
Replies: 13
Views: 1354

Re: keeping exotic animals

I payed 5 soles . $2 for my iguana.
by miaperu
Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:03 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Tips on losing weight.
Replies: 8
Views: 673

Re: Tips on losing weight.

You should keep away from places with delicious food, such as nothern Peru. Get amoebic dysentry which will guarantee weight loss in a few days, if that does not work you could have a go at going for a run in the miday sun at 7°S of the ecuator. Maybe it's just easier to be fat:-Q
by miaperu
Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: keeping exotic animals
Replies: 13
Views: 1354

Re: keeping exotic animals

Alan wrote:
miaperu wrote:....only joking!!


I am so glad that you are joking. :shock: In my experience, Pisco totally overpowers the flavor of green parakeet...


Jajajaja!!

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