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by jude
Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: surviving spouse will
Replies: 35
Views: 3594

Re: surviving spouse will

First of all, I'm sorry you're having to go through this. I suggest speaking to a lawyer, and doing what you can to protect your assets. It would be one thing if there were children involved, but I see no moral or ethical justification for giving a huge windfall to your brothers-in-law, so a 1/3 of ...
by jude
Thu May 30, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu
Replies: 12
Views: 2465

Re: Economic downturn: Peru to Dependent on Machu Picchu

MP is wonderful. But as entrance is limited to 2500 per day, it makes sense to market other aspects of Peru to tourists. There are many other interesting archaeological sites for example. Especially in the north. Peru could be a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. There's some great trekking, and potenti...
by jude
Thu May 30, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 13831

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

It wouldn't qualify as organic under any standard. Have you spent much time in agricultural areas of Peru? There's lots of spraying and use of pesticides. Even small-scale poor farmers in the Andes used them. Fruits and vegetables in Peru do taste good, perhaps because they're more likely to be pick...
by jude
Sat May 25, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 13831

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

As for the food, I wouldn't go as far as the dude who hates it, but I do think you can tire of it. Basically, it's hard to find food that isn't Peruvian, or at least very Peruvian influenced. There are a couple of Mexican and Indian restaurants in Lima, but that's about it. There's a so-called Thai ...
by jude
Sat May 25, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Biggest Culture Shocks?
Replies: 125
Views: 13831

Re: Biggest Culture Shocks?

Are you planning to work in Peru? If you're looking for a job, know that age discrimination is a huge problem there. Peruvian society is also considerably more sexist and chauvinistic than the US.
by jude
Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy whole flax seeds and coconut oil?
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Re: Where to buy whole flax seeds and coconut oil?

Thanks guys, they both look great! More than enough to keep my hippy friend happy.
by jude
Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy whole flax seeds and coconut oil?
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Where to buy whole flax seeds and coconut oil?

A friend, who is a bit of a health nut, is visiting soon, and would like to know if it's possible to buy whole flax seeds and coconut oil in Lima and Cusco? I've not seen either, but I've not really looked for them, so would appreciate some help locating them.
by jude
Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: taca fees?
Replies: 7
Views: 2048

Re: taca fees?

Last time I checked, which was in November, TACA only charged the extra fee for flights to Cusco.
by jude
Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru and the Falkland / Malvina Islands
Replies: 52
Views: 9119

Re: Peru and the Falkland / Malvina Islands

Sorry Silverback, historical fact bares no part in the discussion of the Malvinas, islands populated by full-blooded members of the Argentinian race since 500B.C. until their capture by dastardly British warmongers with evil curly mustaches. The great genocide of 1841 where over 2.5 million peacefu...
by jude
Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: So what ABOUT feminism in Peru!
Replies: 62
Views: 10727

Re: So what ABOUT feminism in Peru!

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Peru "Women in Peru receive less pay than men, have fewer employment and political opportunities, and are at times abused without repercussion. Contraceptive availability is not enough for the demand, and over a third of pregnancies end in abo...
by jude
Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: So what ABOUT feminism in Peru!
Replies: 62
Views: 10727

Re: So what ABOUT feminism in Peru!

really? i guess it depends on the area. i'm from new york but lived in florida for a long time, maybe it was a southern hospitality thing. but in all the years i was there i don't think i ever witnessed it, aside from drunken frat boys on a saturday night. but yeah, i'm sure it goes down, just here...
by jude
Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: So what ABOUT feminism in Peru!
Replies: 62
Views: 10727

Re: So what ABOUT feminism in Peru!

In the states it happens, but has mostly died out. When I was a little kid in the 70's it was a little more common, but it hardly ever happens now. Hahahahaha Surely you jest. I wasn't even born in the 70s but damn sure am regularly cat called in the states. It's nothing like the same level as in P...
by jude
Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Security in Miraflores
Replies: 34
Views: 4310

Re: Security in Miraflores

There are courses for self defence available especially for woman. There are, but if anything they give a false sense of security. The average woman, even with some self defense training is not going to win a physical fight with a man. Back to the original question. I'm female, in my 20s, and feel ...
by jude
Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:00 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Are wages really lower in Peru???
Replies: 112
Views: 17091

Re: Are wages really lower in Peru???

Where in the Bronx is your friend? She told me that the area she's living in isn't nice. I didn't visit her in New York so I don't know which area of the Bronx she lives in. She's washing dishes in a restaurant in Manhattan and works till late and told me that she goes together with another girl th...
by jude
Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:51 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: McDonald’s goes under in Bolivia
Replies: 33
Views: 5609

Re: McDonald’s goes under in Bolivia

http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/notitas-de-noticias/details/mcdonalds-closes-all-their-restaurants-in-bolivia/12787/ Fast-food represents the complete opposite of what Bolivians consider a meal should be. To be a good meal, food has to have be prepared with love, dedication, certain hygiene...
by jude
Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Easter Island.
Replies: 3
Views: 1463

Re: Easter Island.

Are there democraticaly priced hostels on the Island? I would like to go too. It's not cheap. Local people who rent rooms at their houses meet incoming flights, you can negotiate with them but it's going to be at least $20 a night. Cheapest option is probably Camping Mihinoa http://www.mihinoa.com/...
by jude
Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Single Father traveling with my son to Peru
Replies: 15
Views: 4146

Re: Single Father traveling with my son to Peru

The problem isn't, I think so much entering Peru as it is leaving on an international flight. I don't believe they'll let you board an Int'l flight from the US if you don't have the notarized letter from the other parent. And a good thing too. Nasty custody fights can result in parental kidnappings...
by jude
Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Who is the WebMaster & the Expat Site
Replies: 7
Views: 1308

Re: Who is the WebMaster & the Expat Site

rama0929 wrote:For someone who doesn't care, you're putting forth an awful lot of effort... Just sayin'

Any particular reason you can't PM the mods?


A lot of effort that's resulted in some amazingly erroneous conclusions.
by jude
Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Encashment in Lima?
Replies: 25
Views: 3309

Re: Encashment in Lima?

Or if you are a woman and the person that owes is male. You might be able to recover the money if you taking him to Peruvian court, nowadays they have given more rights to women than men in Peru so all the judicial cases are won by women even if there is no proof. It's true! Peru is a feminist para...
by jude
Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: the cheapest airfares
Replies: 7
Views: 2054

Re: the cheapest airfares

Yes, going to a dodgy looking website is clearly far easier and safer than booking directly with an airline.
by jude
Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: great website if you hate ''rip-off'' taxis.
Replies: 5
Views: 917

Re: great website if you hate ''rip-off'' taxis.

Jalapenomel wrote:We are looking for a safe and reliable transport service to and from the airport during the holidays.


Read any of Kelly's posts. See that bottom line, the one underlined in small type, that says Safe Taxi LIma? Click on it.
by jude
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Easter Island.
Replies: 3
Views: 1463

Re: Easter Island.

Great! It's so worth the trip. I was there for 10 days in January and loved every moment.
by jude
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Washing Fruits & Vegetables
Replies: 31
Views: 7507

Re: Washing Fruits & Vegetables

Yes, just rinsing in clean water works surprisingly well. I also make a point of eating foods with probiotics every day to help keep my gut healthy. Yogurt for breakfast, then some pickles or miso later in the day.
by jude
Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Washing Fruits & Vegetables
Replies: 31
Views: 7507

Re: Washing Fruits & Vegetables

who taught everyone to use clorox? i mean it's clorox, isn't there anything more nature'ish? An alternative is to spray the fruit or vegetables with hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. It kills Salmonella, Shigella and E Coli according to the food scientist that developed the method, which is explained ...
by jude
Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How safe is San Miguel?
Replies: 11
Views: 5161

Re: How safe is San Miguel?

Are you a man or a woman? I think it makes a difference in how safe and comfortable you'll feel walking around. Women are considered easier targets for theft. There's also more street harassment in San Miguel than Miraflores.
by jude
Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting A Loan
Replies: 9
Views: 1663

Re: Getting A Loan

Yeah, we'd all like such a business. Spend 3K to make 6K a month? Why on earth would someone sell it that cheaply?
by jude
Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Questions about relationship with Peruvian woman
Replies: 37
Views: 5745

Re: Questions about relationship with Peruvian woman

i personally know a woman who is on Latinamericancupid.com her age on there is 26.....she's 33. Well, as somebody (you!) said on the mid20's expats thread, "30's are the new 20's, i'm living proof." Perhaps she lied so that she'd get responses from gringos in their 50's rather than in the...
by jude
Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Starting a relationship with a Peruvian man
Replies: 26
Views: 22443

Re: Starting a relationship with a Peruvian man

Don't believe all the tales of pimping these Peruvian dudes tell. Most of them claim to be these giant ladies magnets with like 10 women at any given time. Ask yourself if a dude who is 5 feet 4 inches and 185 lbs is going to have that many women... the answer is no. Hahaha Got to love that about m...
by jude
Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Chocolate
Replies: 9
Views: 1867

Re: Peruvian Chocolate

I second the recommendation for La Iberica. Their dark chocolate with orange peel is fabulous.
by jude
Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY
Replies: 15
Views: 3048

Re: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY

Thanks for the Cordon Bleu recommendation, it looks fabulous. I'll definitely try it next time I'm in Lima.
by jude
Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY
Replies: 15
Views: 3048

Re: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY

I agree 100% I like Peruvian food well enough, but I can think of at least a dozen other cuisines that blow it out of the water. Wow... A dozen? Which ones? Either I am missing out on some good cookin, or you are stretching it a little. My own favorites are Thai, Chinese, Turkish and French.. but I...
by jude
Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What don't they have there?
Replies: 14
Views: 1878

Re: What don't they have there?

Yes on the USB hard drives. They can be really expensive in places like Huaraz and Cusco, not sure if they're available at a reasonable price in Lima.
by jude
Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY
Replies: 15
Views: 3048

Re: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-11-09/acurio-s-5-5-million-la-mar-serves-bland-ceviche-ryan-sutton.html One of the comments at the article reflects my opinion en observation best: "Charles Kaley Peruvians are taught to be nationalistic by their media. They are constantly bombarded by the...
by jude
Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY
Replies: 15
Views: 3048

Re: Gaston's LaMar not a hit with everyone in NY

Sounds about right.

It's similar to my experience with La Mar in San Francisco. The space is beautiful and they have great cocktails, but dinner is extremely expensive with often mediocre food. The best bet is to go during happy hour, have a couple of drinks and appetizers while enjoying the view.
by jude
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Questions about relationship with Peruvian woman
Replies: 37
Views: 5745

Re: Questions about relationship with Peruvian woman

In this kind of situation I'm most concerned about the child. It seems a bit much to move your kid to a third world country so you can be with some woman you met online. In the best of circumstances it takes several years for a blended family to really gel together. This is obviously going to be a l...
by jude
Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: intercultural love relationship -- does it works ?..
Replies: 123
Views: 22510

Re: intercultural love relationship -- does it works ?..

The way the economy is going. Old geezers will be in style, many young guys cannot get a job or support a family. Us geezers if planned well have accumalated wealth (pension, 401k, social security). What can a jobless young buck with very little saving have? The ecomony will take years to recover, ...
by jude
Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Recommended vaccines for South America?
Replies: 14
Views: 4480

Re: Recommended vaccines for South America?

I'd get the typhoid jab. You're really unlikely to come across yellow fever unless you spend massive amounts of time in deep jungle, so I wouldn't bother with that. Same with malaria tablets, I'd just take precautions to avoid getting bitten and load up on the deet.
by jude
Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New Mexican Restaurant
Replies: 50
Views: 13786

Re: New Mexican Restaurant

Thanks for this, I checked for the Burrito Bar in Facebook and it looks great. Sometimes it's good to have a break from Peruvian food, so I hope they don't feel the need to change the flavors to cater more towards the Peruvian palate.
by jude
Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: International flight direct to Iquitos in 2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1181

Re: International flight direct to Iquitos in 2012

I heard about this a while ago. There are also plans for direct flights between Iquitos and Cusco, without a stop in Lima. Makes sense at lots of people want to see Machu Picchu and the Amazon, they don't really care about Lima. There's been a big increase in New Age/spiritual tourists, Peru is real...
by jude
Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Does the 'gringo' price really exist?
Replies: 49
Views: 5389

Re: Does the 'gringo' price really exist?

Yeah, it's been obvious for a while that it's Euroman. I'm glad, he's funny.
by jude
Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Common Advice Needed for Visa Interview
Replies: 14
Views: 1768

Re: Common Advice Needed for Visa Interview

This is going to be easier than an interview for a tourist visa. As long as it's provable that the marriage is a real one, and that you have the financial means to support her in the US she'll get the visa. I'd definitely go along to the interview with her, and maybe take along some photos and other...
by jude
Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What are my possibilities????
Replies: 5
Views: 1095

Re: What are my possibilities????

You definitely need a lawyer. Overstaying a visa by years is serious, you're barred from re-entering the US for 10 years. That can be waived if your spouse can prove he will suffer "extreme hardship" if you're denied entry for so long. Hardship to you is irrelevant, just to the US citizen ...
by jude
Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why can't Peru clean itself up a little bit.
Replies: 54
Views: 7174

Re: Why can't Peru clean itself up a little bit.

I agree that it's easy enough to avoid these things, but that's not really my point. What I'm wondering, is if this kind of thing is so out in the open and clear, why don't the police do something about it, put a stop to it. I understand violent crimes are a bigger problem, but I think that neglect...
by jude
Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How to take a cheap taxi TO the airport?
Replies: 21
Views: 1957

Re: How to take a cheap taxi TO the airport?

I'm with Sarita on this. I used to take street taxis to the airport, then decided it just wasn't worth the risk. It's far better to call ahead and pay 20 soles more to know that I'm going to be safe.
by jude
Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: mid20's expats!
Replies: 63
Views: 15363

Re: mid20's expats!

It's hilarious that at least half the guys posting in this thread are at least a decade outside of their mid twenties.
by jude
Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: intercultural love relationship -- does it works ?..
Replies: 123
Views: 22510

Re: intercultural love relationship -- does it works ?..

From my perspective sixty year old old goats with babies are incredibly selfish people. Jude, I agree in most of your statements about age, but the answer was focus on the topic "pervertion vs old man"....... and not ""age vs fertility"" .. Could you bring more scienti...
by jude
Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: intercultural love relationship -- does it works ?..
Replies: 123
Views: 22510

Re: intercultural love relationship -- does it works ?..

I completely see where you're coming from about cultural expectations; heck, I see it all over the place here. I did make sure, though, that I knew what I was getting into before we chose to get pregnant. This is literally the goal of his life, and he's already planning his work schedule around wat...
by jude
Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: intercultural love relationship -- does it works ?..
Replies: 123
Views: 22510

Re: intercultural love relationship -- does it works ?..

The age gap doesn't necessary imply perversion. If I see a couple where the woman has 29 and the man has 60 years old, and they are happy, have a house, have a work, have common purpose in mind, a healthy family, their children goes to school and are happy, etc. It would be absurb ( and inmaturity ...
by jude
Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Quality of Fruits and Vegetables
Replies: 72
Views: 9554

Re: Quality of Fruits and Vegetables

I'm not opposed to organic farming, I just question the idea that it could be used to feed the current world population. I'm also less than happy about the loss of topsoil and excessive use of pesticides, at the very least I'd like all commercial growers to adopt integrated pest management technique...
by jude
Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy.... in Lima *UPDATED*
Replies: 18
Views: 2156

Re: Where to buy.... in Lima

In this context we're talking about the cheese, at least I am. It's a fresh cheese, similar to fromage blanc. I much prefer it to cream cheese as it has a less gummy texture. It's good spread on toast and makes an excellent cheesecake.

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