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by iskndarbey
Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Flag - this time of year?
Replies: 11
Views: 1445

Re: Peruvian Flag - this time of year?

Last year the building where I was renting in Miraflores received a letter from the Municipality informing us that we had to clean and repaint the facade in time for Independence Day, at our expense of course.
by iskndarbey
Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: doctor in homoeopathy
Replies: 12
Views: 2472

Re: doctor in homoeopathy

Actually, the Lancet, the American Medical Association and the National Health Service in the UK have all run broad-based studies analyzing all of the experiments ever performed using homeopathy, and all have determined it to be completely ineffective. Even the director of the National Center for Co...
by iskndarbey
Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: doctor in homoeopathy
Replies: 12
Views: 2472

Re: doctor in homoeopathy

Hi sorry ..but because homeopathy is really just "quackery" you wont find any real doctor who subscribes....better to research your illness on google and go to a farmacia...much better educated and honest than doctors here...goodluck well, you are an interesting addition to the board, thi...
by iskndarbey
Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Gamarra
Replies: 10
Views: 1347

Re: Gamarra

I agree with Americorps. It's best to go with somebody who knows the area, not so much because of safety concerns but simply because it is the largest garment district in the Western Hemisphere. There's plenty of good quality stuff available at very good prices, but the problem is it's all surrounde...
by iskndarbey
Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safest, nicest, cheapest area in Peru?
Replies: 32
Views: 5241

Re: Safest, nicest, cheapest area in Peru?

Dude, they make you signed contracts, most of the time. Don't say that they probably won't make you like it's true. Yes, they do like foreigners, for how they pay on time, but ask for reasonable improvements or you make a reasonable complaint, you will be met with laziness and contempt. I live in a...
by iskndarbey
Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safest, nicest, cheapest area in Peru?
Replies: 32
Views: 5241

Re: Safest, nicest, cheapest area in Peru?

You won't find any online rentals info for anywhere much outside of Lima. Rental properties are advertised in (print) newspapers and via 'alquilo' signs in windows. You should have no problem finding something once you get here; as mentioned before Trujillo has a million people and Chiclayo 700,000,...
by iskndarbey
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Least Annoying Bus/Coach Lines?
Replies: 1
Views: 781

Re: Least Annoying Bus/Coach Lines?

I also avoid Cruz del Sur because of the infomercials. Oltursa, Línea, Ormeño, Civa and Movil Tours are all reliable companies and have comparable comfort options.
by iskndarbey
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: malaria question
Replies: 8
Views: 1939

Re: malaria question

It's not that local people don't take preventive medications because it's possible to avoid malaria; local people don't take preventive medications because there are none that are safe or effective to use for more than two years. If you're in a high-malaria area long term, there simply is no other o...
by iskndarbey
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Regains Fuel Exporter Status
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: Peru Regains Fuel Exporter Status

It's actually causing massive social unrest here (there was a two-day strike in the south a few weeks ago and more planned) because they're exporting it for one-sixth of what it costs on the local market.
by iskndarbey
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TEFL certificate??
Replies: 5
Views: 1068

Re: TEFL certificate??

Any online TEFL course is basically worthless, since the most important part is the teaching practice, which you can't do online.
by iskndarbey
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Secluded places to live...
Replies: 13
Views: 2591

Re: Secluded places to live...

No i have never been to Peru before and wouldn't expect to do any real touring as obviously ill be as new to town as the tourists.... I did see alot of market type action surrounding the tourists and that did throw me off quite a bit. It is a sad reminder of how western society destroys things thro...
by iskndarbey
Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Life in the highlands?
Replies: 6
Views: 849

Re: Life in the highlands?

It's possible, but definitely don't buy or build anything until you've spent a significant amount of time in the area. What locations are you thinking about specifically? You should also consider that, especially outside of the bigger cities, access to many consumer goods and to decent health care w...
by iskndarbey
Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travel from the south to Huancayo
Replies: 1
Views: 660

Re: Travel from the south to Huancayo

After doing the Choquequirao trek and Machu Picchu, we are wishing to travel from around Abancay to Hauncayo. Is there an easier way (than by bus) to get from Cuzco, Abancay or Ayacucho over to Huancayo? We would love to fly from that area over to Huancayo. Is this possible? This would be around Ju...
by iskndarbey
Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:30 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Any where to find Tortillas in Lima?
Replies: 26
Views: 5570

Re: Any where to find Tortillas in Lima?

You can get white flour tortillas in any grocery store. Corn tortillas don't exist here.
by iskndarbey
Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Helicopter flights banned to Machu Picchu
Replies: 2
Views: 650

Re: Hellicopter flights banned to Machu Picchu

They've been banning the flights and then overturning the ban on and off for at least a decade. They were banned before the floods in January. I didn't know they were currently running again. It's not as if this could have come as a great surprise to the company anyway; I believe their business mode...
by iskndarbey
Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Waterfall
Replies: 4
Views: 1800

Re: Waterfall

Gocta? Definitely worth going, along with Kuélap, Karajía, and a few other sites in the area. Getting to the waterfall requires hiking for about five hours round trip, although it's not difficult terrain.
by iskndarbey
Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: heartbroken by cheating peruvian boyfriend
Replies: 62
Views: 39724

Re: heartbroken by cheating peruvian boyfriend

I don't have any expertise in this area, but to the best of my recollection the data I've seen suggest that infidelity rates over the course of a marriage in the US are about 50-55% for women and slightly lower for men. In Peru the rate for men is very nearly 100%; I've never seen a number given for...
by iskndarbey
Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: heartbroken by cheating peruvian boyfriend
Replies: 62
Views: 39724

Re: heartbroken by cheating peruvian boyfriend

I've seen newspaper polls and the like about this; in Peru almost 70% of married men admit to having mistresses, at least when they can afford it, and upwards of 80% admit to patronizing prostitutes. That's a clear cultural difference. I suspect female rates of cheating are lower but still much high...
by iskndarbey
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: nyt article Coca in Peru Makes Comeback
Replies: 9
Views: 1649

Re: nyt article Coca in Peru Makes Comeback

I understand that coca is one of the base ingredients for making cocaine (which is a very complex and synthetic process btw), but if the (Peruvian) government wants to crack down on coca production for cocaine use, then they should consider regulation and not eradication...It's like trying to chase...
by iskndarbey
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking to learn French
Replies: 1
Views: 419

Re: Looking to learn French

Hey, Besides Allianz Frances and the expensive language schools, does anyone have any suggestions for learning French? Does anyone know any native French speakers that live in Lima? Thanks for the help! I've been taking classes at Alliance Française for the past five months and I've been quite happ...
by iskndarbey
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Printing e-books in Lima
Replies: 4
Views: 587

Re: Printing e-books in Lima

Printing is expensive and copying is cheap. In university classes the students will pool their money to have one manuscript printed out and then each pay for their own copy, but if only you want to print the book that's not an option. I'm sure in this city of 100,000 locutorios someone's rigged thei...
by iskndarbey
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: which certifications
Replies: 4
Views: 695

Re: which certifications

The most important qualification is native-level fluency. With just that, you can find a job in Peru. Having a degree makes it easier. Nobody cares much about certifications here (and nobody cares at all about certifications anywhere if it's less than 120 hours). The best universities would prefer t...
by iskndarbey
Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 11019

Re: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru

It has already taken place in the car transport debacle. It will happen again in Lima. It is thus saddening that a suspect (not a convicted criminal) needs police protection against the angry mob. This is your third post about the "car transport debacle". Nothing happened to him! Nobody e...
by iskndarbey
Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 11019

Re: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru

The presumption of innocence means that he can't be legally convicted or punished until a fair trial has proved his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It most certainly does not mean that interested bystanders are obligated to reach the conclusion that he is innocent, despite the preponderance of the ...
by iskndarbey
Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 11019

Re: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru

Can't speak for others but in my experience your chances of being unfairly accused of murder go down significantly if you take care to not leave any stray dead bodies behind in your hotel rooms. Just something to consider if you do plan on vacationing in Peru.
by iskndarbey
Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 11019

Re: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru

I find it odd that Joran would know how to use the Tacna/Arica border to leave the country...It certainly makes one go "hmmm?" Yeah, that bit definitely is complicated. I know when I went down there I stood dumbfounded for several days, looking at Chile over there, and Peru over here, bef...
by iskndarbey
Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:33 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Tourist killed by altitude sickness in Peru
Replies: 25
Views: 15109

Re: Tourist killed by altitude sickness in Peru

Like I say to my wife, I will stick to the coast . THere are enough photos of machu picchu and titicaca that I would not risk it. I had a stop over en the airport on xams iun Quito Ecuador, and found myself short of breathe just walking, after that experience , I move machu picchu to the bottom of ...
by iskndarbey
Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:28 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 11019

Re: Aruba suspect sought for murder in Peru

Not sure why so many people feel compelled to rise to his defense here -- he was caught on tape bragging about how he and his friends dumped the last girl's body at sea five years ago and now there's another body in his hotel room and he's fled the country. Sure he's innocent until proven guilty but...
by iskndarbey
Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Contact lens solution
Replies: 2
Views: 573

Re: Contact lens solution

I think you can find it with no problem but you should still bring a bunch because it's more expensive here.
by iskndarbey
Mon May 17, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What's Missing?
Replies: 86
Views: 15840

Re: What's Missing?

There is at least one good Mexican and one decent Tex-Mex place in Lima, although the former (Como Agua Para Chocolate) is very expensive. There's at least one very good Thai restaurant as well, also quite expensive. For decades it was the world's largest city without an Indian restaurant, but now t...
by iskndarbey
Mon May 17, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Uyuni Salt Flats
Replies: 1
Views: 624

Re: Uyuni Salt Flats

This past year my trip to Bolivia was rained out. I don't have much sympathy for myself as the countries suffered from the rain and the trip was trivial in comparison. This year, I want to try again. If you have any tips, the plan is to drive from Lima. Is this a bad idea? As in take your own car? ...
by iskndarbey
Mon May 17, 2010 4:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: counterfeit soles
Replies: 8
Views: 1185

Re: counterfeit soles

All banks mark their notes in invisible ink so they can tell if it came from their ATMs. In theory, you just have to walk into any ScotiaBank, show them the note (just walk up to the counter, you don't even have to wait in line), they'll verify it's theirs and they'll immediately give you new bills ...
by iskndarbey
Sat May 15, 2010 6:17 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cebala
Replies: 3
Views: 811

Re: Cebala

It's cebada, it's made out of barley. Tastes kind of like Tootsie Roll juice. Up north they'll give it to you at every meal, instead of chicha morada.
by iskndarbey
Thu May 06, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: chiclayo
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: chiclayo

I haven't heard Ripley was planning on moving; they just opened a few months ago and they invested millions of dollars preparing the building. My friends went just to experience the great thrill of riding the escalator.
by iskndarbey
Tue May 04, 2010 11:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Traffic question
Replies: 5
Views: 539

Re: Traffic question

If you're working in San Borja, I would prefer to live there over Miraflores. There are some very nice residential neighborhoods there, although there's more to do in Miraflores.
by iskndarbey
Tue May 04, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: chiclayo
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: chiclayo

There are two modern shopping centers; one has a Tottus and Sodimac and the other has a Plaza Vea and a Saga. In the food court of the second there's Bembo's, KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks. Chiclayo hasn't yet discovered the joys of Mcdonald's. They recently opened a Ripley on the Plaza, but it's abo...
by iskndarbey
Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Increase in US citizens renouncing citizenship
Replies: 13
Views: 2545

Re: Increase in US citizens renouncing citizenship

I would like to know what % of these people that renounce U.S. Citizenship have university degrees. I know that you can lose U.S. Citizenship by default if you serve in a foreign military or if you are a diplomat (i.e. President) of another country. I suppose, however, since both Elian Karp and Ala...
by iskndarbey
Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Flying from Lima to Piura. Recommendations ??
Replies: 2
Views: 1011

Re: Flying from Lima to Piura. Recommendations ??

Only Lan serves Piura. You can get cheap flights to Chiclayo on StarPeru and then take the bus (about 4 hours) if you want to avoid Lan.
by iskndarbey
Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Traveling to Cajamarca-Chachapoyas-Tarapoto
Replies: 6
Views: 3139

Re: Traveling to Cajamarca-Chachapoyas-Tarapoto

Hola, We are have a trip planned that will take us to Cajamarca, then Chachapoyas and then Tarapoto and have a few questions. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. First, we need to hire a car and driver to go from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas. We want to stop at Kuelap along the way, so a car ...
by iskndarbey
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I do not bank with BCP here in Peru
Replies: 28
Views: 5110

Re: Why I do not bank with BCP here in Peru

I agree with the above, if you boycott every company where you have a bad experience, after a few weeks you'll be sitting in your closet in the dark afraid to go outside. I once got a counterfeit bill from a BCP atm, I just went straight to the counter, skipping the line, and they changed my money w...
by iskndarbey
Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: iPhone
Replies: 13
Views: 1332

Re: iPhone

I'm just waiting for euroman to post about how the best solution is to give up your iPhone and live a simpler life by opening a laundromat in the jungle.
by iskndarbey
Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: can Cubans visit Peru?
Replies: 14
Views: 1443

Re: can Cubans visit Peru?

Sorry but that's just not true, as numerous cases have demonstrated--there are reasons to leave Cuba or any country that are not economic. And in any case, Cubans traveling overseas are typically sponsored by someone or some organization or by their own government. Asylum seekers are not illegal im...
by iskndarbey
Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bus lines to Central America from Peru?
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: Bus lines to Central America from Peru?

There are comments on this very website from adventurers who have done it. Google it, it has been done by adventure tourists (and foolhardy ones) Here is a google search that reveals many who have done it. I still do NOT suggest it as I think it is too dangerous, but that does not mean it has not n...
by iskndarbey
Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: can Cubans visit Peru?
Replies: 14
Views: 1443

Re: can Cubans visit Peru?

Ditto the above re: leaving Cuba. You actually have to apply to the Cuban government for a visa to LEAVE the country if you are a resident, even a temporary one. I'd never heard before of someone being kept by Immigrations from *leaving* a country...until I came to Peru and got my CE and now need a...
by iskndarbey
Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bus lines to Central America from Peru?
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: Bus lines to Central America from Peru?

There are roads, deep jungle roads, but no commercial bus service. The roads are considered dangerous by many but the most daring of adventurers and it has been traversed by car and motorcycle. Well, by a grand total of about ten people, not counting drug dealers. It's definitely not something you ...
by iskndarbey
Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: can Cubans visit Peru?
Replies: 14
Views: 1443

Re: can Cubans visit Peru?

I agree with the above; Peru will grant virtually all requests unless the person in question is a known criminal or has gotten in trouble with immigration in the past. It can be very difficult for Cubans to get permission from their government to leave the country (and since the average salary is $2...
by iskndarbey
Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: iPhone
Replies: 13
Views: 1332

Re: iPhone

Unlocking the iPhone I believe is very much more difficult than unlocking a normal phone (it was a big story just after it first came out when after a week or two people finally figured out how to do it), and Apple has been very emphatic that unlocking your iPhone will automatically void your warran...
by iskndarbey
Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bus lines to Central America from Peru?
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: Bus lines to Central America from Peru?

You can't go by bus as there's no road, you have to fly or take a boat. I believe Ormeño is the only company that has direct buses between Peru and Colombia.
by iskndarbey
Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cusco
Replies: 3
Views: 866

Re: Cusco

You need to buy your train tickets now, they will likely sell out if you wait until you get there.
by iskndarbey
Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Language Schools in Cusco
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: Language Schools in Cusco

Also i was looking at the enrollment form for another language school based in Cusco recently and it wanted prospective students passport nbrs, this seems a bit dodgy to me, is this common practice here? This is perfectly normal -- any time you stay at a hotel, or take a bus, or use your credit car...

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