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by johnstar
Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Departing Peru...
Replies: 23
Views: 3498

Thanks a lot Mark, i am indeed flying to the UK to London Heathrow and im really shocked that you carried the drinks from Peru to Amsterdam only for them to confiscate it, however i think it proves that when inside Europe you'll never get away with carrying any drinks or liquids no matter which coun...
by johnstar
Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Departing Peru...
Replies: 23
Views: 3498

Again very interesting, well at least i know what to expect now, also i was going to take some peruvian tea, packets of masamorra chica dessert etc but again it looks safer to pack those things in with the check-in baggage, so at this rate i will be carrying just a couple of books )
by johnstar
Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Departing Peru...
Replies: 23
Views: 3498

Thanks everyone for commenting, and yes the logic would say put it in the case during check in, despite the obvious risk of things getting broken, however im almost certain that last time (December 2006) i took two sealed bottles of Pisco and about 4 small cans of beer through the security as i dran...
by johnstar
Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Departing Peru...
Replies: 23
Views: 3498

Departing Peru...

Hello everyone, I have a few questions regarding the regulations at Jorge Chavez Airport. I've been here almost three months and i will leave Peru on monday 9th June, however im a bit unsure about what i can carry in my hand luggage...for example i bought a ton of gifts from the Petit Thouares India...
by johnstar
Thu May 01, 2008 10:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ATMs fees for debit cards?
Replies: 20
Views: 3572

I've had to withdraw money from the ATM's here a few times and if i could avoid it i would because on the mini-statement it says you've been charged one dollar commission which i thought "hmm thats not too bad" and when i checked a few days later i realised it had taken an extra £2 which i...
by johnstar
Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: El Malecon - Miraflores
Replies: 21
Views: 2930

Yep totally agree, i rode on my bike from Surco and Benavides right along the Malecon and there were quite a few people and it was still so relaxing, definitely gonna pass along there again before i leave
by johnstar
Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Must see and must do?
Replies: 10
Views: 1296

Thanks a lot, great response and i'll try as many of those as possible, the walk through Surco will be a must as i live close by to the Plaza de Armas, and ive seen the Indian Mercado on Petit Thouares which i'll also pay a visit to, and you are quite right about the tours from Lima main square even...
by johnstar
Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Must see and must do?
Replies: 10
Views: 1296

Must see and must do?

Hola a todos, Im going to remain here in Peru for another 6 weeks approximately and i want to know what things you'd recommend to see and do whether it be dining out, clubs, parks, famous sites, landmarks, walks etc? For example ive now seen el parque de la amistad, rode along the Malecon in Miraflo...
by johnstar
Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buses in Lima...
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Thanks guys, im now a lot more confident using the buses, its helped riding around the past few weeks getting to know the main areas. It was just 2.80 soles to San Isidro and back so i cant complain at that! And the Britanico is located quite a way down Arequipa in block 34 so it was a long walk fro...
by johnstar
Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buses in Lima...
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

ahh yeah thats a good point, ive heard they are renoun for making up any routes they like when works or diversions are in place, i think i'll use the bike instead then. Thanks a lot syd
by johnstar
Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buses in Lima...
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Buses in Lima...

Hello all, I am meeting someone later this afternoon by the Britanico on Avenida Arequipa, and i just want to know which bus to take as i usually travel on foot or on bike, but i dont fancy trying to find somewhere safe to leave it on Arequipa as it seems a bit too quiet to be safe. There are tons o...
by johnstar
Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting about in Lima...
Replies: 28
Views: 3193

Interesting comments Brian, well ive had my bike for a few weeks now and i only ever ride on the footpaths as its simply too dangerous in my opinion to ride on the roads as ive already seen some of the worst driving ever especially around Ovalo Higureta, drivers seem to be very impatient and therefo...
by johnstar
Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting about in Lima...
Replies: 28
Views: 3193

Well i started this topics about buying bikes so i'll finish it.... I went over to a nice little bike shop on Avenida Aviacion in Surco, and picked up a brand new mountain bike for 250 soles, which for me was a bargain although unfortunately may attract the wrong kind of attention if i have to ride ...
by johnstar
Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting about in Lima...
Replies: 28
Views: 3193

haha, well i couldnt possibly venture too far without a map, and sure enough ive just paid 50 soles for a "Guia 2000" map book which is not exactly like the A-Z's of the UK jaja, as more than half the book is Street Indexes but i think this will be good enough once i get more familiar with...
by johnstar
Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting about in Lima...
Replies: 28
Views: 3193

Yeah sounds good to me Brian, i would like to spend more time next week travelling about and as the heat has dropped a touch it would be much more pleasant. Im not looking for an amazing bike, in fact anything fairly comfy and rideable will do, im not so fussed about how it looks, just want decent t...
by johnstar
Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting about in Lima...
Replies: 28
Views: 3193

Getting about in Lima...

Hello all, Im a British guy and ive been in Peru for almost 3 weeks now and whilst i love it, the climate and the people, food etc, i still havent got round to buying a streetmap and granted its quite easy to remember routes, id like to travel a bit further out and am considering buying a pushbike a...
by johnstar
Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Food and Health Issue...
Replies: 37
Views: 4260

Hola all, A few days have passed now and my stomach is much more settled, i had a big family dinner a few days ago and more or less ate corn with anticucho meat, some cake and also a green herbal drink, and besides a hot dog at the cinema ive eaten only home cooked meals and i think this is a winnin...
by johnstar
Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Mobile Phone or Sim Card?
Replies: 3
Views: 717

Thanks guys,

I will head into town and look at the offers on view and pick out one with some free calls etc included.

Thanks for the consejo

John
by johnstar
Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Mobile Phone or Sim Card?
Replies: 3
Views: 717

New Mobile Phone or Sim Card?

Hello all, Im living close to Av Benavides by Caminos del Inca en Surco and since i arrived a week ago i havent been able to use my mobile phone. My network in England is Orange which worked well in Madrid Airport even though the network switched to Telefonica, but here in Peru ive had no network co...
by johnstar
Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Food and Health Issue...
Replies: 37
Views: 4260

Thanks ever so much everyone for some great feedback... Im here for six months and have only just arrived so i did expect some difficulties in the beginning especially with my stomach and food consumption, i personally am a big fan of Peruvian food and have eaten in the past things like Pollo, Papa ...
by johnstar
Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Food and Health Issue...
Replies: 37
Views: 4260

Food and Health Issue...

Hola everyone, I have been in Lima for five days now and everything is going well apart from problems with the Peruvian food... Im in Lima so there is no altitude sickness involved but so far i havent really been able to eat too much, just things like half a chifa rice dish, some anticuchos and pota...
by johnstar
Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian entry into UK
Replies: 2
Views: 1046

Hello Andy, Thanks very much for your reply, you've given me an insight into obtaining a visa although i now realise it will be a lot of unnecessary paperwork, forms and hassel just to get a 2 week visitors visa for my novia, but in any case i will come back and post on the forum as i progress with ...
by johnstar
Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian entry into UK
Replies: 2
Views: 1046

Peruvian entry into UK

Hi all, I am a British citizen who will be living in Lima with my Peruvian girlfriend for six months from march this year and ive given a lot of thought to her coming back with me to the UK in September.... The cost of flights wouldnt be a problem and neither would supporting her be once we arrived ...
by johnstar
Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lima Streetmaps
Replies: 11
Views: 2929

Lima Streetmaps

Hola a todos, Does anyone know how to get hold of streetmaps for Miraflores, Surco, San Isidro etc in Lima whether it be via internet or from an online bookstore as i havent yet been able to find a site that has in depth streetmaps and i wasnt able to get hold of one when i was in Lima a few years a...
by johnstar
Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: "Piracy" ...
Replies: 24
Views: 6060

Well there has been some documentaries and reports here stating how little it costs record companies to produce "CD Albums" which wouldnt include recording equipment, studios etc in the price, only the CD album itself but again i think that depends on the record label, if a company has som...
by johnstar
Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: "Piracy" ...
Replies: 24
Views: 6060

Well you are quite right that someones hard work deserves its rewards and shouldnt be taken for granted, in other words downloaded or sold for nothing, however i have paid for Oxford Spanish dictionaries at a cost of 30 pounds and other helpful literature to accompany and i think the best solution i...
by johnstar
Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: "Piracy" ...
Replies: 24
Views: 6060

Well i disagree actually, yeah sure theft is wrong and artists deserve all the credit and as much of the retail money as possible, but on the other hand the publishers and record/software companies shouldnt charge such ridiculous amounts of money and also i believe everyone is entitled to learn for ...
by johnstar
Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Trip to Puno/Lake Titicaca and Bolivia.
Replies: 6
Views: 988

Im curious curly....how would you get from Lima to Lake Titicaca y Puno because i will be living in Lima for 6 months and i'm interested in travelling to various cities within Peru, is it a bit too far for a coach trip with Ormello o Cruz del Sur?
by johnstar
Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Fell in love with Barranco. Now where should I start?
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Really Marty?, What are the stand out places in Barranco? i ask this because i will be living there from march until september this year and am still trying to find an apartment to rent....where are the best places in Barranco? close to Plaza Mayor or further out to the west?
by johnstar
Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Pisco Fair and Festival in Parque de la Amistad
Replies: 2
Views: 685

I have to say that the event described sounds fantastic and as soon as i arrive to Peru i will be heading over to Este parque...i never knew about this little gem in surco and im very impressed by the website link....

Is it located far from Miraflores and Larcomar?
by johnstar
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Apartments/Accomodation in Barranco, Lima
Replies: 3
Views: 1218

Apartments/Accomodation in Barranco, Lima

Hola everyone, Im in the processes of trying to find somewhere to live in Barranco, Lima....I will be staying there between March & September 2008, and would preferably like a place as close to the ocean as possible, with kitchen, toilet and living room but im not overly concerned about internet...
by johnstar
Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling by bus....
Replies: 21
Views: 4874

Thanks craig, i knew Iquitos was surrounded by water, lillies etc but i had no idea it was accessable by road or sea only so i guess thats an interesting choice...Flying would probably be best from Lima to Iquitos purely for the distance involved, but as for Ica, Chiclayo and Huaraz i think im going...
by johnstar
Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling by bus....
Replies: 21
Views: 4874

Wow, some great responses and opinions here, so thanks very much to everyone....I've seen the Cruz del Sur coaches in Lima and also had a look on their website and they do look very comfy and safe, and given the fact they have a decent reputation i will look at travelling with them against the cost ...
by johnstar
Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling by bus....
Replies: 21
Views: 4874

Thanks a lot for the reply Mark, When you really think about the reality then of course flying is so much more convenient, comfortable and safer, its just that i dont know anything about the coach routes and if they are bumpy or flat so if there is any doubt about safety then we'll definitely fly......
by johnstar
Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling by bus....
Replies: 21
Views: 4874

Travelling by bus....

Hello all, I will be living in Barranco Lima for six months very soon and im looking for info about bus/coach services from Lima to Huaraz.....Lima to Iquitos.....Lima to Chiclayo and also Lima to Santiago (Chile)......All on return journeys.... My questions are, has anyone travelled these routes, w...
by johnstar
Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Few random questions...
Replies: 9
Views: 1092

Yeah i take your point about the safety issue, but id never use my laptop in the street walking and would only use it at a cafe if i didnt have internet at home and im planning to use my portable psp to send emails from a cafe but i just wondered who were the best service providers which from your c...
by johnstar
Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Few random questions...
Replies: 9
Views: 1092

Few random questions...

Hello all, I will soon be living in Barranco, Lima for six months and i just wanted to know if there are any tennis courts available to use as i know there is a fairly large Golf Club in San Isidro.... And secondly i will be using a portable laptop pc and im aware internet services are provided by t...
by johnstar
Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Peru for 6 months...
Replies: 5
Views: 957

Thanks for all the replies here....

I will be working hard over the next 2 months to save as much as possible and am sure i will have a thousand pounds but based on feedback here, it looks as though i should aim closer to £1500 to be comfortable.

Gracias amigos )
by johnstar
Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Peru for 6 months...
Replies: 5
Views: 957

Thanks very much for your response rga, i will take a look at the Ultimate Peru List and get some further consejos about best restaurantes etc, Also i forgot to mention that my budget for 6 months will be 1000BGP which i think works out at just over 5000 soles, i will have to buy general supermarket...
by johnstar
Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Peru for 6 months...
Replies: 5
Views: 957

Moving to Peru for 6 months...

Hola a todos, I am making plans to fly out and live in Barranco, Peru from March 2008 until September 2008 to spend six months with my girlfriend and have quite a number of questions to ask.... First of all im a British citizen and ive been to Peru for 3 weeks last year so ive had the relevant injec...
by johnstar
Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru 2008 but which options....
Replies: 2
Views: 1614

Thanks David, My preference is to stay for six months and ive heard that its around 20 dollars per month to stay for that time so i will keep 60 dollars aside to cover those fees. I will keep researching into the highlights of Lima and Barranco and any useful info i find out i will post later on. Gr...
by johnstar
Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying A second hand car
Replies: 4
Views: 1199

good point...

I'd love to know the answer to that question too amigo, as ive read that its very expensive to hire cars in Peru and also to run them and im debating whether or not to buy an old motor to use while im in Peru next year
by johnstar
Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru 2008 but which options....
Replies: 2
Views: 1614

Peru 2008 but which options....

Hi everyone, Im going to travel to Peru from March until September 2008 but have quite a lot of planning to do as im seeking advice on the cheapest flights, best hotels, best places to visit, car hire and most importantly of all, will i need a visa? Im a 26 year old British guy and ive travelled to ...

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