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by BellbottomBlues
Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: sending gifts to Peru from the US
Replies: 5
Views: 912

sending gifts to Peru from the US

I would like to send a gift to my partners parents in Lima for Christmas, starting to plan ahead now in order to get it shipped on time. He says not to worry about getting them anything, but this is something I want to do. They are in their late 70s and retired….I am thinking of something like a gif...
by BellbottomBlues
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Learning to love lima
Replies: 34
Views: 3198

Re: Learning to love lima

In this large, U.S. city, the maids are nearly all women and nearly all Latinas. They drive older Japanese vehicles and usually live with their extended families in the outer suburbs where rents and home prices are cheaper. Nevertheless, they typically earn more than $30USD cash per hour which is fa...
by BellbottomBlues
Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Learning to love lima
Replies: 34
Views: 3198

Re: Learning to love lima

That kind of economy is not sustainable. In most countries I'm aware of - the cost of housing is linked to the local job market and wages....it doesn't seem to make sense that the cost of labor (even unskilled labor) would still remain cheap - unless, the housing market is driven by speculation and ...
by BellbottomBlues
Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Learning to love lima
Replies: 34
Views: 3198

Re: Learning to love lima

My boyfriend lived most of his life in Lima and now 3 years here in the US. He loves Peru, but doesn't seem anxious to move back there - only anxious to visit. I think we open our eyes quite a bit when we try adapt to other cultures. Many here have advised me not to judge all of Peru by Limeno stand...
by BellbottomBlues
Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru
Replies: 28
Views: 3069

Re: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru

Unfortunately, my boyfriend has already received many traffic tickets here in the U.S. - he is finally starting to learn that we here are serious about driving rules (for the most part). He tells me the scary story of one of his friends, a doctor, who was involved in a car accident at night in Peru....
by BellbottomBlues
Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru
Replies: 28
Views: 3069

Re: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru

Yes, they tell me that Peru has all the different climates of the United States, but in a country the size of California. The beach towns of Northern Peru look great, but somewhere I read that some of them are controlled by narcos, but then again, I don't believe everything I read. I am anxious to s...
by BellbottomBlues
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru
Replies: 28
Views: 3069

Re: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru

It's funny you mention the Peruvian diet. My boyfriend says that if he eats fatty or greasy foods in Peru, he does not get heartburn, but whenever he eats fatty or greasy foods here, he gets heartburn....I wonder why that is, I can speculate that it has to do with the processing somehow. I am never ...
by BellbottomBlues
Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Feeling no attachment to your own culture
Replies: 34
Views: 4841

Re: Feeling no attachment to your own culture

Well grasshopper...I would say that this only indicates that you see yourself as citizen of the world and do not have any nationalist tendencies. I would argue that this is a good thing, for it keeps you open minded and flexible. I am a U.S. citizen and an Anglo...but see the world through similar e...
by BellbottomBlues
Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru
Replies: 28
Views: 3069

Re: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru

PS 2 - I guess I will need to research this, but if we are staying for only a few months of the year, I would still retain tourist status and therefore, not be subject to any Peruvian laws with respect to taxes, property, marriage, etc.

BBB
by BellbottomBlues
Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru
Replies: 28
Views: 3069

Re: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru

By your description, it makes me wonder why any expats would stay in Peru. On another thread, about the US citizen murdered in La Victoria, SmartKitty mentioned that being light skinned and female makes one even more of a target. :( Anyway, the bottom line is that he loves Peru and will remain a Per...
by BellbottomBlues
Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru
Replies: 28
Views: 3069

Re: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru

Wow, thanks for all the informative responses. Ok, so looks we have to travel back and forth anyway....in some fashion, except (although this could be far off in the future)...what would happen if we are really old and unable to travel...I'd hate to have him lose his SS income from the US that he wa...
by BellbottomBlues
Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru
Replies: 28
Views: 3069

Re: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru

Thank you for your comments, that is helpful. My concern about residency in the US, is that I don't want to give up my US citizenship even if I gain residency in Peru....suddenly, I am thinking of the tax considerations between two countries and now feeling a bit overwhelmed.... If we remain an unma...
by BellbottomBlues
Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mixed Couple - USA & Peru
Replies: 28
Views: 3069

Mixed Couple - USA & Peru

Hello again, I've written before in this forum about my later in life relationship with my Peruvian companion. He is a permanent resident of the US, but lived most of his life in Peru, and I am a U.S. Citizen and have yet to travel to Peru, although I am quite familiar with the culture, thanks to hi...
by BellbottomBlues
Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How to work for foreign company?
Replies: 35
Views: 4004

Re: How to work for foreign company?

What a strange thread. I am in a position to know that anyone who works for NSA or plans to, would never announce such on a public board.


Maybe INSCOP will be along soon to weight in on this thread.


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by BellbottomBlues
Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Adjusting to Peruvian Culture...and Hating It
Replies: 28
Views: 3644

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

[list=] This reminds me of a funny situation - how about reverse cultural adjustment? My Peruvian boyfriend has bragged so much about Peruvian food being the best in the world, that I just started to ignore him....until I realized he had a point. The best food in America (in my opinion) is found in ...
by BellbottomBlues
Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why so many foreigners come to Peru to get married ?
Replies: 79
Views: 12969

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

There are so many directions we can take this discussion. One is genetic diversity. I believe it's common knowledge that we are biologically programmed for genetic diversity - i.e. the old opposites attract (not all of us hear the call, but many do). I am Anglo, fair skinned, blonde, green eyes. I a...
by BellbottomBlues
Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Personality or Cultural?
Replies: 24
Views: 2574

Re: Personality or Cultural?

Peruvian women are jealous of American men? or did you mean to say American women?


BBF
by BellbottomBlues
Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Personality or Cultural?
Replies: 24
Views: 2574

Re: Personality or Cultural?

Caliguy - yes, the telenovelas and music too! the only thing great so far is the comedian "Catinflas" Philip, I appreciate your input...if I recall correctly, you were once married to an American in a long term marriage and then married a Peruvian later in life....aside from differences in...
by BellbottomBlues
Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Personality or Cultural?
Replies: 24
Views: 2574

Re: Personality or Cultural?

Lately, I've started to wonder if he is being honest with me about money and I hesitate to judge him too harshly for two reasons - 1) he works very hard and is ever expanding his career skills here in the US and 2) I don't know enough about the differences between economics in Peru and the US to kno...
by BellbottomBlues
Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Personality or Cultural?
Replies: 24
Views: 2574

Re: Personality or Cultural?

oh yes, another thing - our Latino TV stations here are based out of Mexico and he claims they are inferior Latino stations because they are Mexican, lol. Also, that Caribbean Spanish (such as that spoken by the Dominicans or PRans) is inferior too LOL and they eat rice and beans and tortillas and t...
by BellbottomBlues
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Personality or Cultural?
Replies: 24
Views: 2574

Re: Personality or Cultural?

Ok, here's another one - do many Peruvians (or just mine LOL) have a thing against Mexico? I love the culture and to visit there, etc....he doesn't share any interest, indicating that their food is much inferior to Peruvian food (he says their food is spicy to hide the poor quality of it LOL) and ju...
by BellbottomBlues
Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Hidden Racism on the Mirabus?
Replies: 18
Views: 2052

Re: Hidden Racism on the Mirabus?

please report back on that experience....thanks
by BellbottomBlues
Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why are most people in lima rude? Or close minded..
Replies: 46
Views: 7929

Re: Why are most people in lima rude? Or close minded..

Rebelling against authority is a long standing American tradition (US)....although I would argue that the basis for rebellion has moved from ideology to more toward financial motivations (notice I did not say economic reasons, that infers policy LOL). Fascinating discussion with you, thank you....br...
by BellbottomBlues
Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why are most people in lima rude? Or close minded..
Replies: 46
Views: 7929

Re: Why are most people in lima rude? Or close minded..


it seems like the leader has absolute power and the others just restate his opinion.


For a moment, I thought you were discussing specific Asian countries... :lol:

I am not sure where you are from, but yes, context is hugely important.

Thanks for the book reference.
by BellbottomBlues
Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Personality or Cultural?
Replies: 24
Views: 2574

Re: Personality or Cultural?

With all due respect to Julio Iglesias, as I recall, he sings that song to the public...whether he sang it for the very first time as an audition for his female partner, not sure we would ever get an answer to that one :lol: I suspected it was a bit cultural, since from the beginning of getting to k...
by BellbottomBlues
Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why are most people in lima rude? Or close minded..
Replies: 46
Views: 7929

Re: Why are most people in lima rude? Or close minded..

What bothers me is the whole "outer image" as well it seems like peru is very driven by group think and people care too much what others think about them. It may be worthwhile for you to research the differences between "high context" vs. "low context" cultures. Latin ...
by BellbottomBlues
Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Personality or Cultural?
Replies: 24
Views: 2574

Re: Personality or Cultural?

Hi Tom,

It does help, thanks....

Apparently, in his twenties he was a hot commodity in Lima - attractive and wealthy...I think he likes recall all that from time to time - no problem, but timing and audience for this discussion are important LOL

BBB
by BellbottomBlues
Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Personality or Cultural?
Replies: 24
Views: 2574

Personality or Cultural?

Throughout my relationship with my Peruvian novio, (I am Anglo) - we've had remarkably few problems, but whenever they arise, I try to understand whether the issue is gender or personality or culture - knowing which are cultural, helps me to better work on the issue with him. Anyway, now we have a n...
by BellbottomBlues
Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: PERUDENTAL - 5 STARS!
Replies: 5
Views: 1140

Re: PERUDENTAL - 5 STARS!

Hi Philip,

I need an implant to replace a bottom molar.

Any idea of the rough cost of that in Peru, converted to $US?

Thank you, BBB

I think here in the US, it's about $4K :(
by BellbottomBlues
Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:20 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

Lovely, just lovely.

What, no cholera outbreaks too?

Do most of these issues ease the farther you move away from Lima?


BBB
by BellbottomBlues
Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: JET BLUE - 4 -YOU!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: JET BLUE - 4 -YOU!!!

Is there a link or a code? Thanks, BBB
by BellbottomBlues
Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ecuador border hop.
Replies: 13
Views: 1176

Re: Ecuador border hop.

I am sorry Philip, I have gone back and searched, but cannot locate the link...it was on one of those pop up sites like Yahoo or MSN. Nevertheless, Ecuador routinely shows up #1 in many lists of top places to retire internationally. When I read about these girls, barely out of childhood, marrying mu...
by BellbottomBlues
Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

Because we each view culture through the lens of our personal experience, it would be hard for anyone to remain impartial in their views and so some negative responses are not surprising. Although the positive ones are most welcome! LOL Yesterday, I finally stumbled across some better descriptors fo...
by BellbottomBlues
Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ecuador border hop.
Replies: 13
Views: 1176

Re: Ecuador border hop.

I apologize. Important qualifier: 10 ten countries in Latin America


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by BellbottomBlues
Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ecuador border hop.
Replies: 13
Views: 1176

Re: Ecuador border hop.

There was an article published last week, by MSN as I recall, rating the top ten countries for US citizens to retire to.

Ecuador was # 1.

Peru did not make the list.

BBB
by BellbottomBlues
Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

Some here have mentioned the Peruvian educational system. I thought of these comments yesterday when my boyfriend took me to visit a Peruvian man who works for him. This is a man raised and educated in Peru, but a high school dropout. We were discussing my refresher classes in Spanish. Suddenly, thi...
by BellbottomBlues
Fri May 31, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

The Peruvians I have met here have enormous pride in their country...to the point of nationalism, I would say. As far as heritage, isn't that the same thing?

Are any of you concerned for your health with respect to any toxins in the local environment, water or food supply?

BBB
by BellbottomBlues
Thu May 30, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 5 best personal experience living in the Peru
Replies: 28
Views: 4576

Re: 5 best personal experience living in the Peru

Seems like there is a natural affinity here between non-Peruvians and Peruvians - lots of mutual attraction... 8)

I enjoy it myself
:lol:
BBB
by BellbottomBlues
Thu May 30, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

It seems that other than crime, environmental issues are the biggest concern - toxins not only in the air, but water and food supply? Any sources for how this all impacts public health? are cancer rates higher in Peru? other illnesses? Again, as far as culture, I have travelled widely and always not...
by BellbottomBlues
Wed May 29, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

I have seen photos of the family gatherings and holidays....their lifestyle is essentially the same as middle class U.S. Americans: reasonable cars,nice appliances, nice homes, vacations, office jobs, business owners, some are politicians. Our childhoods and values are not terribly dissimilar (in sp...
by BellbottomBlues
Tue May 28, 2013 10:19 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 5 best personal experience living in the Peru
Replies: 28
Views: 4576

Re: 5 best personal experience living in the Peru

It's good to hear positive experiences with the Peruvian healthcare system. I think the U.S. media sometimes frightens potential retirees who want to retire abroad, by writing stories about inferior healthcare abroad. My fiancee's cousin is a plastic surgeon in Lima. We have joked about getting the ...
by BellbottomBlues
Tue May 28, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

If I did plan to do any work in Peru, it would hopefully be self-employment. My fiancee and I are both over 50, so both are subject to discrimination anywhere...I guess people discriminate based on their own personal bias, be it gender, age, skin color, etc.

but thanks for the heads up.

BBB
by BellbottomBlues
Tue May 28, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

It's a shame to me that in current society (everywhere) we can't extend the benefit of the doubt... Surely, there are some terms for gender, race, ethnicity that most recognize as offensive. Others are more subtle....and not always clearly interpreted by all in a particular conversation. Does discus...
by BellbottomBlues
Fri May 24, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

My boyfriend is a permanent resident of the United States. We live near an area that has a large Peruvian (would they be considered expats?) community and some of the Peruvians are undocumented. We've been to social functions where some of them assume my boyfriend is with me for residency status. He...
by BellbottomBlues
Fri May 24, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

Thanks again for the comments... Someone here mentioned "perfect" America. Far from it. I have a background in Anthropology, so I'd likely be the last to claim that one culture is "better" than than another...our cultures are just different. It's the differences that often requir...
by BellbottomBlues
Mon May 20, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

I am female. I am feeling encouraged by these comments, thank you for the feedback. Another thing I forgot to note....I've attended a few parties here locally in the Peruvian community and I picked up on something...maybe unique to Peruvian in the US, but I sense that some of them view gringos as gu...
by BellbottomBlues
Mon May 20, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

RE: the comments about weed legalization and prostitution, etc. I've been a student of Latin American culture for some time, not limited to Peru...I don't think I will ever fully understand what appears from the outside, to be utter hypocrisy, but I suspect the same could be said for certain aspects...
by BellbottomBlues
Mon May 20, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

Thank you, many of these comments mirror what he has been telling me. On the flip side, he was issued so many traffic tickets when he first moved here to the U.S. He didn't realize we take our traffic rules so seriously, lol. Also on this flip side, whenever we go somewhere and I drive, I sense I fr...
by BellbottomBlues
Fri May 17, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 14097

Biggest Culture Shocks?

Hi there, I'm an American, lived all my life in the U.S. - rural as well as urban areas. Have travelled extensively around many parts of the world, so I consider myself open minded/enlightened. My boyfriend/partner is Peruvian. We plan to live in the US, then live part of the year in Peru and return...
by BellbottomBlues
Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What do you enjoy the most about living in Peru?
Replies: 11
Views: 1956

Re: What do you enjoy the most about living in Peru?

My heritage is Northern European (natural blonde, green eyes, very fair skin)....do I understand you correctly that this automatically makes me an even greater target for crime?

Suddenly, I am nervous.

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