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by 28 de julio
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Macbook needed Urgent
Replies: 4
Views: 664

Re: Macbook needed Urgent

It is a lot of files and it will take time to transfer. You think they will let me? You could always offer them a tip, or go to compupalace and find a small shop that's willing to let you do it. I know in Europe that there are stores that have 14-day no quibble return policies, so I would have reco...
by 28 de julio
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Making ends meet in Peru, tough!!
Replies: 18
Views: 2047

Re: Making ends meet in Peru, tough!!

I use my credit card as often as I can: it gives me "puntos" and I don't have to pay the piper until the end of the month. Depending on how you use it, a credit card can be a good financial choice. But for many people it's hard to stick to that. Some people treat their credit limit on the...
by 28 de julio
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Teaching English In Peru
Replies: 0
Views: 295

Teaching English In Peru

Teaching English in Peru and Lima in particular seems to come up a lot on the forum, so I thought I'd post this article. I worked for a brief period as a teacher a few years ago and this was very similar to my experience. http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-teaching-english-in-lima-not-as-easy-as-it-lo...
by 28 de julio
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.
Replies: 31
Views: 3873

Re: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.

I have a Visa debit card. I think it's much better than a Visa credit card. If you pay with debit card, you don't pay interest and the money get deducted from your account immediatelly. Neither do you get monthly bills and you don't have to worry about the expiry date of the bill. Is it a visa debi...
by 28 de julio
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Metropolitano bus
Replies: 8
Views: 1008

Re: Metropolitano bus

Yeah, they are overcrowded, but I'd rather be in an overcrowded Metroplitano bus than an overcrowded combi driven by a maniac at high speed through the traffic. It would be great if they could expand the service all over Lima and increase capacity on the existing routes. Even at quiet times the buse...
by 28 de julio
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ideal Vehicle
Replies: 22
Views: 2933

Re: Ideal Vehicle

Best vehicle for Lima, probably a tank that runs on LNG, although parking it might be a little difficult.
by 28 de julio
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.
Replies: 31
Views: 3873

Re: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.

I think that cambista is one of the most dangerous jobs in Peru. They can't protect themselves against robbers. They are flashing a large bunch of money on the street whilst everybody can see it. They are just like a magnet for robbers. When I walk around the Plaza in Tarapoto, those moneychangers ...
by 28 de julio
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Making ends meet in Peru, tough!!
Replies: 18
Views: 2047

Re: Making ends meet in Peru, tough!!

I DO agree with Tupac, when you pay in cuotas, that is insane. I saw a woman paying 180 soles of Wong shopping on 12 cuotas... I mean.... really??!! I think that those stores like Wong, Tottus, Saga and Ripley make more money with the interest they charge to customers that pay things in cuotas than...
by 28 de julio
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.
Replies: 31
Views: 3873

Re: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.

I don't know if we read the same newspaper: yesterday: A criminal organization composed of Colombians would be that, in recent months, has robbed at least 15 money changers in Lima, of which four have been killed. The last of the robberies of these offenders took place yesterday morning in the hear...
by 28 de julio
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.
Replies: 31
Views: 3873

Re: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.

Wow, well I guess Miraflores is more dangerous than I thought. But these crimes happen just as often or probably even more in poorer areas as well. In fact, I think that in general the poor get robbed more often than the rich. As long as you have anything of value, even if it is just something like...
by 28 de julio
Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.
Replies: 31
Views: 3873

Re: Professional people are leaving Lima in droves.

Miraflores is just empty these days, like a ghost town, with every other window displaying a sign saying "gone to Tarapoto to start a new life" away from the crime and the smog. I suppose that's why the prices have risen so much, not because demand is high, but because everyone's moved to ...
by 28 de julio
Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Permit for tinted windows Peru
Replies: 33
Views: 6811

Re: Permit for tinted windows Peru

Yup, I wonder how many epileptic fits or strokes those lights have caused.
by 28 de julio
Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Penalty for overstaying visa
Replies: 12
Views: 2017

Re: Penalty for overstaying visa

the answers are not quite correct. the better answer is GENERALLY you will not have any problem, you just pay the fine and thats it, and for most people, most of the time, that is true. HOWEVER, There are more and more examples of people who do that and when they return to the country, while I have...
by 28 de julio
Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun violence in America.
Replies: 84
Views: 9706

Re: Gun violence in America.

Much of the gun industry favours universal background checks, which the NRA opposes. Even some pro-gun Republicans express private disdain for the give-not-an-inch tactics of the NRA, whose executive vice-president, Wayne LaPierre, says the correct response to Newtown is armed guards in every school...
by 28 de julio
Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun violence in America.
Replies: 84
Views: 9706

Re: Gun violence in America.

Er...thou shalt not kill. Seems pretty clear to me. Or how about Buddhism... The Mahayana Brahajala (Brahma Net) Sutra explains the first precept this way: "A disciple of the Buddha shall not himself kill, encourage others to kill, kill by expedient means, praise killing, rejoice at witnessing ...
by 28 de julio
Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun violence in America.
Replies: 84
Views: 9706

Re: Gun violence in America.

Opponents of gun controls may respond with familiar flurries of statistics. In Hartford, for instance, several pro-gun demonstrators cited the same talking point, claiming (falsely) that home invasion rates soared in Australia after that country banned the most powerful forms of guns in 1996, follow...
by 28 de julio
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun violence in America.
Replies: 84
Views: 9706

Re: Gun violence in America.

can understand the argument about people wanting the right to bear arms, but the whole point of morality is that you take a view not based on what is good for you, or even good for you and your family but on what is good for others There is nothing inherently immoral about gun ownership which seems...
by 28 de julio
Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:36 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun violence in America.
Replies: 84
Views: 9706

Re: Gun violence in America.

Guns do not kill people: people kill people. It is not the guns per se, if not used they would be no problem, it is the culture of violence that is the root problem. Violence in movies, in sports, in video games, even in foreign policy (do what we say or we will bomb you). Gun violence is just an e...
by 28 de julio
Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun violence in America.
Replies: 84
Views: 9706

Re: Gun violence in America.

It would seem most people don't understand the constitution. "As one commenter on the Blaze writes, "It is my God Endowed Unalienable Individual Right, secured by Our Constitution, to take any firearm I please anywhere I please. Shall not be infringed, means exactly what it says." I m...
by 28 de julio
Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Fair price for private/group English lessons??
Replies: 12
Views: 2104

Re: Fair price for private/group English lessons??

Yeah, Curlyguy and Americorp's advice is good. You need to set clear boundaries for missing classes. Students, unintentionally or not, will be thinking of their own time and convenience, not yours. You need to ask for payment in advance and set up a system for cancelling classes, ideally 24 hours no...
by 28 de julio
Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Monsters in Peru
Replies: 40
Views: 7198

Re: Monsters in Peru

Sounds like you're getting your act together there, but the apartment over the park where your wife takes your son doesn't seem like such a great idea. I mean, she seems like a savvy person and she could easily interpret it as stalking. It might be a good idea to rethink this part, because you reall...
by 28 de julio
Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The 12th Anniversary of a False Flag
Replies: 6
Views: 1262

Re: The 12th Anniversary of a False Flag

Yes, it's all true. The CIA brainwashed me and then put a microchip in my brain to keep me quiet.
by 28 de julio
Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru
Replies: 55
Views: 7487

Re: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru

Dan, 28.... Husband confirmed... he got 2 copies. 1 for our civil wedding, this one was appostilled and translated. Second was a "just in case", we still have "just in case" at home. Digemin DID NOT ask for his birth certificate, they asked for: Passport, marriage certificate, m...
by 28 de julio
Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru
Replies: 55
Views: 7487

Re: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru

One other dumb question. I am looking at the apostle services for the birth certificate. Do I need the FCO, meaning that it gets presented to the Peruvian Embassy en the UK? This part is a little unclear for me. Thanks The apostle means you don't have to present it to the Peruvian Embassy in the UK...
by 28 de julio
Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: COMPUTERS - R THEY EQUAL?
Replies: 6
Views: 1274

Re: COMPUTERS - R THEY EQUAL?

If the computer still works well, you could buy just a new keyboard. If it's a laptop, you just plug the keyboard in using a USB cable.
by 28 de julio
Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru
Replies: 55
Views: 7487

Re: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru

Dan, I'm guessing you need one copy for the church, one copy for the municipality and one for digemen and the carnet. The municipality will take the original along with the translation and keep them. The church might accept a photocopy of the copy for the municipality, but you should confirm that wi...
by 28 de julio
Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.
Replies: 49
Views: 7319

Re: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.

These woman are done, especially because it is high-profile. There were outside lawyers brought into the case which is a slap in the face to Peru. What makes these two so special? 100s of drug mules are in Peruvian Prisons. These are young ignorant party girls, looking for quick money to fuel there...
by 28 de julio
Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru
Replies: 55
Views: 7487

Re: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru

If the municipality is fine with the passport, then I suggest you honeymoon in Blighty, get a new passport then. I think you'll also need another recent copy of your birth certificate for digemen. By the way, the embassy has an electronic appointment system, so you can choose which day you want to g...
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru
Replies: 55
Views: 7487

Re: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru

Not to go off topic... but remember that if you go to the provinces to get married... you will need to go to that same province every time you need a marriage certificate! Being that you guys want an appropriate wedding with guests and a celebration, you'll have to deal with these strict requiremen...
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru
Replies: 55
Views: 7487

Re: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru

If memory serves me correctly, the passport is only a problem if you've got less than six months to go, but I'd strongly suggest making an appointment at the embassy this week to get clarification and also go the municipality with your girlfriend to inquire there. There's also information on the lin...
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru
Replies: 55
Views: 7487

Re: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru

Hey Dan Yes, the certificate of no impediment is issued 3 weeks after requested (my husband did this in the UK and it was 3 weeks). It is the equivalent to bans of marriage, if you were getting married in the UK. They post an aviso (forgot the word in English... selective bilingualism) in your Coun...
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru
Replies: 55
Views: 7487

Re: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru

Unless you've got no family in the UK, I wouldn't recommend using one of these services. They're just doing something that you can technically do yourself online. Check out the link I sent you. It doesn't matter if you're here as a tourist for the certificate of no impediment. I had actually oversta...
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru
Replies: 55
Views: 7487

Re: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru

Argidd's right about it being a good idea to do the bans/certificate of no impediment in your own home county. It's definitely cheaper than the embassy, but I found it a little complicated to organise while in Peru and so went for the more expensive option via the embassy. However, I wouldn't bother...
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru
Replies: 55
Views: 7487

Re: British Citizen Getting Married in Peru

Yes, you need to get a new birth certificate issued, not the one you were given when you were born. They just print you a new one and then you send it to the foreign office to get it apostilised, then you take it to an official translator. They send it fairly quickly. So you can get it all done in t...
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy diamon engagement ring in Lima
Replies: 14
Views: 5449

Re: Where to buy diamon engagement ring in Lima

Oops, sorry, Danny. I wasn't paying attention. Thanks for sharing that and all the best for the future.
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.
Replies: 49
Views: 7319

Re: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.

If you commit a crime (narcotics trafficking is a serious crime in any country....I don't care if it is 3rd world or not), you must pay the consequences!!! Using the arguments listed above (in other posts), one should let go of all the gang bangers, pimps, and people who rob/kill/sell drugs because...
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: I need a good, used car!! Help me!
Replies: 22
Views: 1875

Re: I need a good, used car!! Help me!

Out of curiosity, why does it have to be a used car? As used cars are so expensive in Peru, I think buying a new car makes sense, unless you're paranoid about it getting regular dents. And when you come to sell, you're not going to have that much depreciation.
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.
Replies: 49
Views: 7319

Re: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.

Oh the irony..... The op starts a thread on how to find work in Peru while collecting his welfare check. Punts Tarapoto as a crime free zone yet fails to mention the 'Texan (?) gringo' he defrauded when he sold his house. Condems smuggling while openly boasting about bringing back boxes of cigars -...
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tourist visa doubts
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Tourist visa doubts

You should have no problems at Tacna/Arica, although the last time I crossed there having overstayed my visa by three months, they would only give me 90 days, even though I asked for 183. The official said it was because I'd overstayed my visa the last time I left the country and I was returning the...
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy diamon engagement ring in Lima
Replies: 14
Views: 5449

Re: Where to buy diamon engagement ring in Lima

Just bought an engagement ring in La Paz, there is plenty of selection between the shops. However for the wedding bands we will be looking downtown, I will try to remember to post the difference in prices on here for others. In La Paz 2 18K wedding bands were $760 for 11g and $830 for 12g. That too...
by 28 de julio
Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?
Replies: 44
Views: 7627

Re: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?

I'm thinking of trying Symposium for decent Italian food. Anyone had any good experiences there? Hi 28, we have been to Symposium. I think my Mum's excitement about taking us (my husband and me) was greater than the "greatness" of the food itself. The fact that my Dad did not complain abo...
by 28 de julio
Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Crime in Peru
Replies: 22
Views: 2982

Re: Crime in Peru

I don't think it's any worse than five years' ago. I think the same rules apply as before. Most crime in Peru is opportunistic, so unless you're very unlucky or fail to observe the basic safety rules, you should have no problems at all. I'd always say, be aware of your surroundings without being par...
by 28 de julio
Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: "Sense of humour" in Peru - do you get it ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2789

Re: "Sense of humour" in Peru - do you get it ?

Big, I like 'em big... big. I always forget Benny Hill was in the Italian Job. As for his humour, slapping little bald men on the head and being chased by semi-naked women, well, it was certainly unique, but I don't think most people are going to mourn its loss. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vsDW1...
by 28 de julio
Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.
Replies: 49
Views: 7319

Re: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.

I agree with the OP... he is right, absolutely, unambiguously, completely, utterly and perfectly correct... “Peruvian police did a great job”! And now we trust the justice system will do an equally great job and determine if the the busted drug smugglers are guilty of a crime or not... Thats what h...
by 28 de julio
Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:17 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.
Replies: 49
Views: 7319

Re: Peruvian police did a great job. 2 drugssmugglers busted.

I'm with Tom and WindsportPeru on this one. I think trial by newspaper and internet forum is hardly the way to determine their innocence or guilt. 11 kg of cocaine, I doubt two 19 year old girls did anything more than act as drug mules, for whatever reason, greed or extortion. Assuming they are guil...
by 28 de julio
Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Requirements of gaining work visa in Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 1017

Re: Requirements of gaining work visa in Peru

I would almost bet your son knows a girl here! haha Nobody has even asked if her son knows Spanish, so is your son fluent? Does he have a work visa? He may well get a job but it might take 6 to 12 months, it probably won't happen quickly but I assume he is young but an adult, so let him have his ad...
by 28 de julio
Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?
Replies: 44
Views: 7627

Re: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?

Rafael by far. Is the best.! I have to say all Gaston restaurants are overrated, people here don't mention that La Mar in nyc has been closed last week after two catastrophic years of bad reviews. I think Rafael is a victim of its own success. The last time I went, despite having reserved a table, ...
by 28 de julio
Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Requirements of gaining work visa in Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 1017

Re: Requirements of gaining work visa in Peru

Unless his degree is in mining engineering, an MBA or he's had a firm job offer, it sounds like he'll be making at trip for nothing.
by 28 de julio
Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New terms and conditions
Replies: 0
Views: 258

New terms and conditions

Like everyone else on this forum, I shall read the new terms and conditions in detail and immediately.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbvwZ4LWeEc
by 28 de julio
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: There are two kinds of expats.../Peruvian cultural norms
Replies: 27
Views: 1560

Re: There are two kinds of expats.../Peruvian cultural norms

My bad, I meant tourist or expat in that line. I'll change it now. Actually, one bugbear of mine is the tourists/backpackers who describe themselves as travellers and look disdainfully on the tourist industry as if they're above all that sort of thing. So I definitely agree with you that tourists wh...

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