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by gerard
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I want to marry my Peruvian gf and have her live with me in the UK
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: I want to marry my Peruvian gf and have her live with me in the UK

I was fortunate enough to get married in the days when you just went to see the consul and chatted for 15 minutes, well before all the current regulations came in. If you have concerns about a tourist visa, you could consider enrolling your gf onto a language course in the UK and apply for a student...
by gerard
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: PLASTIC BAGS ACTION
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: PLASTIC BAGS ACTION

Wiracocha wrote:G'day all,

Did anyone see/hear any general announcement in the past 2 weeks or so ?

W


It's been pretty widely reported for the last few months that this change was coming in. Maybe not in the last couple of weeks specifically, but there has been quite a lot of press about it this year.
by gerard
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I want to marry my Peruvian gf and have her live with me in the UK
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: I want to marry my Peruvian gf and have her live with me in the UK

Why not get married in Peru and then apply for a spouse visa? Nothing stopping you have another service in the UK if you are so inclined.
by gerard
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone know where to buy big shoes?
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Anyone know where to buy big shoes?

My son now takes size 45 / US12 but all the shops seem to top out at 43/44 for most models. Anyone know anywhere that sells bigger sizes, for regular prices?
by gerard
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Type 1 Diabetic - Insulin Availability
Replies: 1
Views: 619

Re: Type 1 Diabetic - Insulin Availability

My wife gets her dad's insulin pens from Farmacia Universal ( http://farmaciauniversal.com/index.php ) and says they have never asked her to show a prescription, although her dad does have one. He uses these: https://www.lantus.com/-/media/EMS/Conditions/Diabetes/Brands/Lantus/Consumer/lantus-solost...
by gerard
Sun May 06, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Gas or Electric
Replies: 3
Views: 768

Re: Gas or Electric

Things have changed. We used to have a gas boiler that cut out all of the time due to low pressure, but we swapped it for a new model a few years ago and found one that runs on practically zero pressure. Brand is Aquamaxx and the specs on the side say 2000Pa which is 0.02bar.
by gerard
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Home/Apartment Construction Advice
Replies: 1
Views: 458

Re: Home/Apartment Construction Advice

Who will be living there? If you're thinking of making a home for yourselves, then why do not a mix of options. Let your in-laws split 1 or 2 floors into double apartments for themselves, and take (and pay for) the entire top floor yourself - plus the "air" so no one can then build above y...
by gerard
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru : November inflation was the lowest since 2010
Replies: 46
Views: 3601

Re: Peru : November inflation was the lowest since 2010

Alan: nope. Inflation and interest rates are reciprocally correlated. Interest rates down => inflation up.Interest rates up => inflation down. That's a rather simplistic view. Lending rates in Peru are typically very high compared to Europe. There's a large scope to reduce them before they become i...
by gerard
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Expats with small children
Replies: 23
Views: 2327

Re: Expats with small children

My question now is, did your kids adjust to Peru? I miss it so bad but I don’t want my kids to rescent us if we take them down there. We are not rich but my husband has made sure we live a comfortable life and I want the same for my kids if we move down there. My son was only 3 when we moved here. ...
by gerard
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Expats with small children
Replies: 23
Views: 2327

Re: Expats with small children

Even if you go for the lower-end schools it can be still plenty of money right? USD 3000 x 3 = ? It can be as much or as little as you like. The lower end of the top 10 in a capital city with 10 million people are not really low end. A useful resource is here: http://identicole.minedu.gob.pe/inicio...
by gerard
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Expats with small children
Replies: 23
Views: 2327

Re: Expats with small children

Well as luck would have it there's a report out today listing the most expensive schools in Lima.

http://rpp.pe/economia/economia/la-lista-de-los-colegios-mas-caros-de-lima-del-2018-noticia-1102316
by gerard
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Expats with small children
Replies: 23
Views: 2327

Re: Expats with small children

Mrsteak as always gives an extreme example that suits his negative point of view. Sure if you want to send your kids to the Peruvian equivalent of Eton you'll pay thousands of dollars as a registration fee. I suppose you also consider Clinica Angloamericana to be "Peruvian equivalent of Johns ...
by gerard
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Expats with small children
Replies: 23
Views: 2327

Re: Expats with small children

Mrsteak as always gives an extreme example that suits his negative point of view. Sure if you want to send your kids to the Peruvian equivalent of Eton you'll pay thousands of dollars as a registration fee. But there are plenty of perfectly acceptable private schools charging under S/.1000 per month...
by gerard
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4319

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

With your gringo face you are always a target! Even if walking in Miraflores. I was punches into my backpack with a knife at 4pm in Miraflores just 2 squares from the police station. I had luck it did not go deep or I could be dead now (I know windsportingperu would not miss me anyway). Did you eve...
by gerard
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4319

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

I'm currently on a special from Movistar of 120Mbps and Ookla reports 8ms ping, 120Mbps download and 11.8Mbps upload. I'm online pretty much all day and very rarely have disruption - my office in the UK has far more issues with the Internet service than I do. My download speed is actually double wha...
by gerard
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4319

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

http://www.movistar.com.pe/planes-internet

Depends on exactly what you want - they generally sell a package of TV, landline and Internet. A trio package seems to be about S/.200 for 40Mbps.
by gerard
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4319

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

This is actually something which have crossed my mind but having read about the rather slow internet speed i thought this was not really a viable option. Not sure what you call slow but I have 45mb/s and know 60mb/s is available in a lot of Lima. I've been teleworking here for 9 years with no real ...
by gerard
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4319

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

Would your employer consider letting you take a sabbatical or doing part-time telework for a few months to see how things worked out?
by gerard
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dual Citizen Travelling Without A DNI
Replies: 11
Views: 1131

Re: Dual Citizen Travelling Without A DNI

I don't remember the exact process and it has probably changed since I was naturalised, but I'm pretty sure the OP will have had to turn their CE in as part of the naturalisation process. He/she is now a Peruvian - having a DNI is not part of that process, it is a separate thing you do after being n...
by gerard
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru may be cut off from USD clearing
Replies: 33
Views: 2104

Re: Peru may be cut off from USD clearing

Infinity, and beyond!
by gerard
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru may be cut off from USD clearing
Replies: 33
Views: 2104

Re: Peru may be cut off from USD clearing

Scotiabank don't seem to share your view. They're forecasting 3.18 at the end of 2018 and 3.13 at the end of 2019. http://www.gfx.gbm.scotiabank.com/Chart_Feed/FXForecast.pdf BBVA and BCP go the other way and predict 3.30 to 3.35 by the end of 2018. https://www.bbvaresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/20...
by gerard
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Taxi and reliable transportation from the Airport
Replies: 11
Views: 3195

Re: Taxi and reliable transportation from the Airport

We've started using Uber. Let them know which door you're coming out of and they'll generally park and then call you back from just outside. You'll pay the parking fee but even then we've found them cheaper than the official airport taxis. There's generally one available within a few minutes - last ...
by gerard
Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Aprender mejor
Replies: 1
Views: 374

Re: Best schools to learn English?

Britanico http://www.britanico.edu.pe/Index.aspx for British English or ICPNA http://www.icpna.edu.pe/ for US English.
by gerard
Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Flowers in Lima !
Replies: 4
Views: 828

Re: Flowers in Lima !

I've used http://floreriasanisidro.com when I've been abroad and needed to send flowers.
by gerard
Mon May 30, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Posting Gifts and small packets from the UK
Replies: 3
Views: 554

Re: Posting Gifts and small packets from the UK

My own experience with DHL was that they pretty rubbish. My brother sent a Christmas gift for my son, maybe £20-£30 total value, and DHL first of all demanded an extra fee because my son couldn't sign for it himself, being 4 at the time, and then added on a totally unrealistic tax amount based on th...
by gerard
Mon May 23, 2016 6:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Banking Australia to Peru?
Replies: 7
Views: 1465

Re: Banking Australia to Peru?

The certainly wasn't my experience. I've just checked the 2 transfers I made and the fees came out as between 0.1 and 0.3%. I'd guess there is a fixed cost element so given the relatively small amounts you sent they'd be a large percentage. You were talking about many thousands of dollars in your or...
by gerard
Wed May 11, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying meat in Lima
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: Buying meat in Lima

Macro and Plaza Vea sell vacuum packed joints.
by gerard
Wed May 11, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ELECTRIC OVENS FOR ROASTS AND CURRY
Replies: 8
Views: 1190

Re: ELECTRIC OVENS FOR ROASTS AND CURRY

We bought a slow cooker from Plaza Vea a few months ago - S/.135 I think. Does roasts beautifully. We typically eat our main meal at lunchtime so we stick it in at about 7am, leave it on high for an hour and then low for 4-5 hours. Did a casserole the same way last week. If you can afford the extra ...
by gerard
Wed May 04, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Banking Australia to Peru?
Replies: 7
Views: 1465

Re: Banking Australia to Peru?

Why not transfer currency directly using a forex company like http://www.ofx.com ? They give pretty good rates - better than you'll get off a bank - and can handle US dollars or Soles. Then make your payments in Peru directly to the account of whoever you are buying from. No need to handle cash at a...
by gerard
Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Calidda
Replies: 7
Views: 1238

Re: Calidda

We've had Calidda since 2010 and typically pay around S/.25/month for hot water and cooking. Prior to that we had 2 bottles and typically had to replace at least one every 3 weeks at S/.30-33 per bottle.
by gerard
Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travel Insurance, valid in Europe
Replies: 8
Views: 1405

Re: Travel Insurance, valid in Europe

I've used these guys:

http://www.hccmis.com/

but never had to actually make a claim so can't comment on that aspect.
by gerard
Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties
Replies: 17
Views: 2405

Re: The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties

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 to eat twice and have an endless flow of beer) which is 20% of a year’s salary Things must be different up North. I've probably bee...
by gerard
Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What's the point ? Lima - London- Miami
Replies: 12
Views: 1737

Re: What's the point ? Lima - London- Miami

I love Peru, but I love the real Peru, the provincial Peru where people are not living the ‘western dream’; genuine folk who live unadulterated Peruvian lives In what way are the 10 million Peruvians living in Lima not representative of the "real" Peru, or not genuine? By correlation do y...
by gerard
Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Driving Licence
Replies: 10
Views: 1422

Re: Driving Licence

The law has changed in the UK now and from 45 you are required to renew your British license every five years and from 65 undergo a medical each time. This only applies if you drive lorries, minibuses or buses. For normal licences it remains 70 and every 3 years. But is somewhat academic if you are...
by gerard
Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Driving Licence
Replies: 10
Views: 1422

Re: Driving Licence

When I enquired with the DVLA about renewing my licence as the photo ID had expired I was told that I couldn't hold a UK licence if I lived permanently abroad. But it's not a problem - I've had no issues renting cars in the UK, USA and Europe with my Peruvian licence. I'd have some reservations abou...
by gerard
Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Booking International flights for dual nationals
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

Re: Booking International flights for dual nationals

As long as the ticket matches the name in either passport it should be fine. The airline people are the ones that care about that - immigration just want to see a valid Peruvian passport. I always book all our family flights using our UK passports rather than Peruvian ones, and generally check-in wi...
by gerard
Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Voting in the sierras
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Re: Voting in the sierras

Just an example: next to my house there's a school that was a polling station this Sunday but instead of assigning my wife to this station the municipality sent her to vote to the other end of the city which is a completely different district and, of course, buses were scarce and taxi drivers doubl...
by gerard
Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Independence day. 21 of July.
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: Independence day. 21 of July.

21st July - Belgium Independence Day = Belgian flag.
28th July - Peru Independence Day - went to buy flag.
Not that hard to follow really.
by gerard
Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?
Replies: 161
Views: 11352

Re: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?

You could try http://www.speeddatingperu.com - the site is in Spanish but if you have any questions send an email as the owner is fluent in English. Could be a good way to meet 15-20 girls in one evening who tend to be professional/business people so quite often have some grasp of English.
by gerard
Thu May 15, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Perut v4.00 has been released! (GPS maps for Garmin, iPhone)
Replies: 10
Views: 5732

Re: Perut v4.00 has been released! (GPS maps for Garmin, iPhone)

If you have MapSource (Garmin software) then you can view the Perut maps on a PC.

For street maps you could also look at http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=7/-11.749/-76.915 and of course Google Maps/Earth.
by gerard
Tue May 06, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any tips for getting a driving license?
Replies: 93
Views: 19434

Re: Any tips for getting a driving license?

I just use my Peruvian licence. The car hire companies always look at it and I've never been asked for anything else. Some European countries technically require foreign drivers to have an international licence although most don't. I did get an international licence to go with my UK licence to avoid...
by gerard
Tue May 06, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any tips for getting a driving license?
Replies: 93
Views: 19434

Re: Any tips for getting a driving license?

Come what may, once your UK photo ID expires you can't legally apply for a new one if you are not a UK resident. I've had no problems renting cars and driving in the UK, Europe and USA with a Peruvian licence so it really hasn't been a problem not to have a UK licence any more.
by gerard
Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Game stores?
Replies: 5
Views: 734

Re: Game stores?

Have you tried the galleries around Mercado Central, near to Reniec, say between Ayacucho and Andahuaylas and Cusco and Puno?
by gerard
Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Does equator runs trough Peru?
Replies: 7
Views: 1338

Re: Does equator runs trough Peru?

Damn, and you English criticize the Americans' use of the English language, and knowledge of geography ?


Actually we English criticise....
by gerard
Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Digital Terestrial TV
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Digital Terestrial TV

Anyone know how to get digital terrestrial TV in Lima? It seems TV Peru has a couple of channels on 7.3 and 7.4 and there is something I'd like to watch. I'm assuming it's like Freeview in the UK and you either need a box or a TV with a built-in decoder?
by gerard
Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Does equator runs trough Peru?
Replies: 7
Views: 1338

Re: Does equator runs trough Peru?

Northernmost point: Putumayo River (00°01′48″S 75°10′29″W) in the Putumayo District, Maynas Province, Loreto Region

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_ ... eme_points

So no.
by gerard
Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Leaving Peru on Carnet
Replies: 15
Views: 2877

Re: Leaving Peru on Carnet

According to Comunidad Andina regulations: The Andean countries have joined efforts to ensure that their citizens are able to move freely throughout the subregion, either for purposes of tourism (temporary or short-term migration) or for reasons involving a change in their normal place of residence ...
by gerard
Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: calidad migratoria Inmigrante
Replies: 11
Views: 1970

Re: calidad migratoria Inmigrante

And Peru really has no other granted permanent residency for foreigners that live here with their Peruvian spouses but don't work. I just can't believe it.


Well they do let you become a Peruvian, although I realise that might not be suitable for everyone.

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