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by simperu2012
Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Crime in Peru
Replies: 47
Views: 8848

Re: Crime in Peru

I lived in Callao for 2 years. I had a few problems when I first arrived, but once you begin to think like a local and avoid dangerous areas and situations, you'll be fine. I also witnessed an armed robbery in Callao, and it really made me appreciate the right to carry a firearm that I have back hom...
by simperu2012
Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Carnet de Extranjeria
Replies: 5
Views: 2739

Carnet de Extranjeria

Hello everyone,

Just wondering the time it would take to get my carnet de extranjeria. I'm married to a Peruvian citizen. I was reviewing the information on this site, but I'd like to know if anyone has done this process recently.

Thanks
by simperu2012
Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Moving to Lima - Savings
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Moving to Lima - Savings

I'm relocating to Lima in tow months to be with my wife while her immigration process goes through. I want to ask any expats who have lived in Peru for an extended time about savings. How much would be a moderate amount, in dollars, to have in savings for us to live a middle class Peruvian lifestyle...
by simperu2012
Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Difficulties in dating long distance...should I move?
Replies: 5
Views: 1120

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

I wouldn't suggest giving up a job or anything that would have lasting impact back home just to check up on him. Give him a few more days to check in. When you speak again, let him know that you don't like to be left in the dark when he will be away for a few days. Common courtesy demands that he re...
by simperu2012
Thu May 14, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Reliable Internet
Replies: 5
Views: 1159

Reliable Internet

Hello fellow expats, I just started working online as in English teacher, and I wanted to consult with those of you that live in Lima in regards to fast, reliable internet. Most apartments that my wife and I have looked at are advertised as having wifi. What areas are the best for internet speeds? W...
by simperu2012
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ethiopian food/restaurant in Lima
Replies: 2
Views: 1016

Re: Ethiopian food/restaurant in Lima

I am curious about this as well. I'd love to find authentic African food in Lima. The closest I've found was a Moroccan restaurant in Miraflores. Lima is becoming a more and more diverse city. I've met Nigerians, Indians, and Pakistanis all within the past month. It's only a matter of time before we...
by simperu2012
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru has problems
Replies: 6
Views: 1625

Re: Peru has problems

Peruvians also don't read about police killing a civilian every other week. Race and police relations are very different in Peru than in the United States. The population overall is very docile in Peru, and injustice is usually met with an "ay que feo" or "asi es, pues. Que se va a ha...
by simperu2012
Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Married - Visa Time
Replies: 6
Views: 1685

Married - Visa Time

Hello expats and friends around the world, Our 4 year long journey has finally reached a happy milestone; marriage. Thanks to everyone that helped me along the way with advice, it was much appreciated. I'd like to ask any U.S. expats on this forum about how they went about bringing their spouse to t...
by simperu2012
Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ever never seen a Peruvian blow their nose
Replies: 8
Views: 1086

Re: Ever never seen a Peruvian blow their nose

I've seen grown men openly picking their noses on combis or in public. I've seen people in open air markets close one nostril with one finger and violently blow out snot, only to have it stick to their face which in turn gets wiped off with their hands. It almost reminds me of how footballers do it ...
by simperu2012
Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Marriage Process Follow Up
Replies: 3
Views: 679

Marriage Process Follow Up

Hello Expats and Friends, With my wedding date fast approaching, I wanted to consult with the forum about the legal side of marriage in Peru. My fiancee and I have already set aside a date and have the hall of the reception. I've also looked into getting my birth certificate looked at by the Peruvia...
by simperu2012
Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cost of Marriage in Peru
Replies: 17
Views: 2179

Cost of Marriage in Peru

For those of you that have gotten married in Peru, how much was the wedding? We aren't looking for anything luxurious, we just want to make it memorable. We're thinking about renting a hall and finding an event planner that gives us everything included. What do you recommend?

Thanks
by simperu2012
Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Finally Getting Married
Replies: 31
Views: 4108

Finally Getting Married

Hello fellow expats and friends, After what seems like an eternity, I will be traveling to Peru shortly to marry my fiancee of four years. I wanted to gather some more input about the time frame and whole process as I know many of you have gotten married in Peru as well. The biggest concern of ours ...
by simperu2012
Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Process of Marraige in Peru
Replies: 6
Views: 789

Process of Marraige in Peru

Hello fellow expats, I was reading the section on this site about the process of getting married in Peru. I've sent off my documents to get the Apostille stamp, so I should be receiving those back shortly. My girlfriend and I have set a tentative time frame for the end of 2014 to get married. She li...
by simperu2012
Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:17 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Getting Married in Peru; How long?
Replies: 5
Views: 728

Getting Married in Peru; How long?

Me and my girlfriend have set a date in December to get married, and everything seems to be going well. I live in the US, so I will have to put in for time off to get married in Peru, then return home shortly after the wedding. I was doing some research about the process of a foreigner getting marri...
by simperu2012
Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Women Ruled over Brutal Ancient Culture
Replies: 2
Views: 471

Re: Women Ruled over Brutal Ancient Culture

It's always interesting to see how ancient societies were in pre-Columbian times. Thanks for sharing.
by simperu2012
Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: World Cup 2014
Replies: 1
Views: 449

World Cup 2014

Oh how quick 4 years have passed! I still remember screaming at my black and white t.v. set during the final match of World Cup 2010 in a small village near Ayacucho. We're less than a year away from World Cup 2014 Brazil, and people are starting to get excited. I know as expats many of us have team...
by simperu2012
Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: US diversity program 2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: US diversity program 2015

Isn't it a crazy world?! Americans or green card holders can't get why so many Peruvians are itching to leave their country for the US, Canada or Australia while Peruvians can't understand all those gringos who live in Peru. I personally know a few who can barely make ends meet here and still they ...
by simperu2012
Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I Hope this Movie Comes out in Peru
Replies: 1
Views: 438

I Hope this Movie Comes out in Peru

I just saw this movie here in my home state, and I must say it was amazing. If there are any U.S. history lovers out there, then you know about the period right before the end of slavery when the demand for labor was at it's highest due to faster cotton processing in the South. Thousands of free bor...
by simperu2012
Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Is the K1 Visa One Way?
Replies: 3
Views: 816

Is the K1 Visa One Way?

My fiancée and I have started the process for the K1 visa. Everything seems to be going well, but I wanted to know if the K1 visa is one way. She wants to finish her degree her in Peru, and in case she gets the visa beforehand, we thought it best for her to return until she finishes after we get mar...
by simperu2012
Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In the ''hood''.
Replies: 24
Views: 3849

Re: In the ''hood''.

Chi Chi, I promise you I busted out laughing when I read your post. Even more when I clicked on your 2pac link. I can say that I lived in La Victoria, right by "El Matute" where Alianza Lima plays. A lot of black/brown faces, cops, loud music, and people working on cars in the middle of th...
by simperu2012
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Illegal immigrants can obtain US driving licences
Replies: 21
Views: 2282

Re: Illegal immigrants can obtain US driving licences

Both parties seem interested in allowing illegal immigration. They are interested in votes. Most Americans have relatives or friends that are illegal immigrants so they will vote for the party that eventually will help out their illegal friends or relatives. So glad I don't live in the States anymo...
by simperu2012
Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Illegal immigrants can obtain US driving licences
Replies: 21
Views: 2282

Re: Illegal immigrants can obtain US driving licences

Great to know that in Illinois, Washington State, North Carolina, and California (forgive me if I missed a few states), illegal immigrants can pretty much do the same. Yay America. :D Sounds like we figured out what Obama meant during his first election campaign with: ''Yes, we can''. And to who he...
by simperu2012
Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Illegal immigrants can obtain US driving licences
Replies: 21
Views: 2282

Re: Illegal immigrants can obtain US driving licences

Is it possible for me to obtain a permanent Peruvian driver's license without a Carnet de Extranjeria? Yes, you can. In the San Martin province (and probably several other provinces) you can obtain a drivers licence with just your passport or national ID of your home country in case you don't have ...
by simperu2012
Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Illegal immigrants can obtain US driving licences
Replies: 21
Views: 2282

Re: Illegal immigrants can obtain US driving licences

I had to get my Carnet de Extranjeria first. With it, I was then able to open a bank account and put utilities in my name, as well as get my permanent license.
by simperu2012
Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Illegal immigrants can obtain US driving licences
Replies: 21
Views: 2282

Re: Illegal immigrants can obtain US driving licences

Is it possible for me to obtain a permanent Peruvian driver's license without a Carnet de Extranjeria? No. An extended or permanent stay in Peru is very inconvenient at times if foreigners don't have all of their paperwork in order. It's an incentive to do things the right way. The U.S. could learn ...
by simperu2012
Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why so many foreigners come to Peru to get married ?
Replies: 79
Views: 12565

Re: Why so many foreigners come to Peru to get married ?

I've read the numbers that you presented. Now we can effectively debate. =) I agree that weight problems can be an issue, never doubted it. But you can't suggest that fat American women are driving men to Peru in search of wives. It may be a factor for some men, but physical traits alone don't drive...
by simperu2012
Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why so many foreigners come to Peru to get married ?
Replies: 79
Views: 12565

Re: Why so many foreigners come to Peru to get married ?

I have been thinking about this question a long time ago. The question could be silly, but it is not. After the death of an american citizen - ex us-army soldier in La Victoria - this question comes to my mind again.. Why so many gringos comes to Peru to get married ? I mean males to get married wi...
by simperu2012
Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: gringo complaints
Replies: 35
Views: 3838

Re: gringo complaints

A lot of the "complaints" that I've heard and voiced are just growing pains. The mistake that I think a lot of people make when moving to a new country is that they base their expectations on other people's experiences. Or they go to Peru for a short amount of time and never really leave t...
by simperu2012
Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Making ends meet in Peru, tough!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1978

Re: Making ends meet in Peru, tough!!

Those are the side effects of an "enormous" economic growth Peru is experiencing now. When people have more money to spend there will always be other people trying to rip them off. But seriously looks like rising gas price is causing a spike in prices in general. But that enormous growth ...
by simperu2012
Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.
Replies: 31
Views: 3763

Re: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.

There's still less crime than Lima in Trujillo, both by number and percentage.There's also less pollution, congestion, and the beaches are cleaner.
by simperu2012
Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.
Replies: 31
Views: 3763

Re: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.

You're right, Chi Chi. When my girlfriend and I lived in Trujillo, we met a lot of health professionals from Lima. The middle class was actually growing very quickly in Trujillo from what we could see. There are a lot more stores and areas that cater to this new demographic of people from Lima. The ...
by simperu2012
Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Mayweather vs. Alvarez Fight
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: Mayweather vs. Alvarez Fight

Hey Arroz,
With everything I paid $81 in HD. Should I have spent $81 on a fight? Probably not. But do two of my favorite pound for pound fighters go at it every day? No. So we had to it. Luckily my girlfriend is more of a boxing fan than I am. If you're near Barranco you should come by and hang out.
by simperu2012
Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Mayweather vs. Alvarez Fight
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Mayweather vs. Alvarez Fight

The wait is over, ladies and gentlemen! It's Saturday September 14th, and the Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez fight is here. Both fighters are undefeated, and something has got to give. There's been a lot of talking and jawboning up until this point, so emotions are running high. It's been hard to foll...
by simperu2012
Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Renouncing US Citizenship at record high.
Replies: 3
Views: 948

Re: Renouncing US Citizenship at record high.

You make a good point. You can't please everyone, though. Even with ideal conditions back home, I still knew many people who packed their bags to countries like Belize or Mexico...for good. Like I stated earlier, if someone turns in their passport, they more than likely have reliable income abroad, ...
by simperu2012
Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Renouncing US Citizenship at record high.
Replies: 3
Views: 948

Re: Renouncing US Citizenship at record high.

Let them go. There's hundreds of thousands that want a legal chance to go to America and establish themselves. The people that do this usually are well established abroad, so it won't affect them. I say for every one that leaves, we should open the door for a productive citizen of another country to...
by simperu2012
Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: classism
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: classism

I work online and I earn US dollars. This affords my girlfriend and I a bit of "luxury" now and again here in Lima. I never thought that Chili's, Mcdonalds, Starbucks, or going to a nice movie theater would ever be considered luxurious, but I digress. I'm black, and speak Spanish with a Co...
by simperu2012
Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: classism
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: classism

I enjoyed every word of this post. Spot on.
by simperu2012
Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Adjusting to Peruvian Culture...and Hating It
Replies: 28
Views: 3549

Re: Adjusting to Peruvian Culture...and Hating It

I understand your frustration. Efficiency and "order" are perceived differently down here. Little things used to tick me off as well. Especially waiting in lines and the passive attitude of people here. But one thing my girlfriend told me is to accept the fact that I was a long way from ho...
by simperu2012
Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Monday Night Football
Replies: 3
Views: 604

Re: Monday Night Football

Glad to know there's another football fan here in Lima! Who's your team? I'm a Seahawks fan since before I knew what was going on. There's a nice, upscale sports bar on Avenida Larco in Miraflores.I believe it's called the Sports Bar. They have all games on there. College ball, pro, baseball, etc. T...
by simperu2012
Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Beauty of Afro Peru
Replies: 6
Views: 1008

The Beauty of Afro Peru

In an attempt to reconnect with our roots, my girlfriend and I took a trip to Chincha/Ica two and a half weeks ago. We currently live in Miraflores, and as international as it is, I felt like the only place I could feel the true Afro Peruvian experience would be in Chincha. We spent a little over a ...
by simperu2012
Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Colombian Novela 'El Joe la Leyenda'
Replies: 1
Views: 554

Colombian Novela 'El Joe la Leyenda'

It may be faux paus to promote a Colombian novela on a Peruvian forum, but I couldn't resist. For those of you that love a good show and also love salsa, there's this Colombian novela my girlfriend and I are watching online called 'El Joe, la Leyenda.' It's loosely (and I mean loosely) based on the ...
by simperu2012
Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bringing My Fiance to the States
Replies: 7
Views: 1404

Re: Bringing My Fiance to the States

Thanks to all for the suggestions. We're currently gathering all of our paperwork and photos over the past three years. (itinerary, photos, emails, etc). With care and the funds available, I'm sure we'll be able to make this work.

Peace and love
by simperu2012
Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bringing My Fiance to the States
Replies: 7
Views: 1404

Bringing My Fiance to the States

Hello Expat community, I've been traveling back and forth between Peru and the U.S. for quite some time, and my fiancé and I have decided that it's best to establish ourselves back in the U.S. I dropped out of college to be with her about 2 years ago. I was 20 and idealistic. Blinded by love. Now th...
by simperu2012
Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Monsters in Peru
Replies: 40
Views: 6993

Re: Monsters in Peru

First and foremost, stop sending money. In my 8 years dealing with Peruvians, there will ALWAYS be a reason to send money. This broke, or that came up. The worst part is that the stories are outrageous sometimes, and people here still have the audacity to them with a straight face. From what I read ...
by simperu2012
Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lost my trust in Lima
Replies: 29
Views: 3189

Re: Lost my trust in Lima

I used to ask myself why everything in Lima had multiple locks, bars, alarms, "watchimanes" (guards) etc etc. The thing is that in any poor country, most people seize an opportunity to get ahead. If that means stealing, people steal. That's why everything is so heavily locked down here. It...
by simperu2012
Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Dealing with tardiness
Replies: 26
Views: 2504

Re: Dealing with tardiness

You're exactly right and within your rights to demand punctuality within your company. There are some cultural customs that are respected across the world, and being on time is one of them. It's the same in Spain, India, Peru, and Alaska. Just like you said, tardiness leaves more work for other empl...
by simperu2012
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Dealing with tardiness
Replies: 26
Views: 2504

Re: Dealing with tardiness

Some people respond better to punishment than reward. Plus, someone who is habitually late shouldn't be working for your organization.

By the way, what type of company do you run?
by simperu2012
Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Dealing with tardiness
Replies: 26
Views: 2504

Re: Dealing with tardiness

Arriving late in Peru is part of the culture. I've been on a few jobs here in Lima that allowed tardniess as long as there was a reasonable excuse. (Insert reason here). The best way to encourage or enforce punctuality is to reward it. Rewards outweigh punishment. Have a monthly attendance award wit...
by simperu2012
Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Constant Negativity
Replies: 22
Views: 1945

Re: Constant Negativity

I'm happy for you. Most people have given up even on themselves. So good for you!
by simperu2012
Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Constant Negativity
Replies: 22
Views: 1945

Re: Constant Negativity

*My Students* A lot of my students that are "cholitos" never see themselves getting an office job. Those are for the pitucos, according to them. When I encourage them to reach out, some laugh, others don't even try to. Once in awhile, I'll get a student who is positive and expects a bright...

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