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by kristidnyc
Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Volleyball
Replies: 6
Views: 1217

Re: Volleyball

Thanks, I will check it out. Even though I think Jesus Maria is too far from where we live (Barranco).
by kristidnyc
Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Advice: Apartment Contract
Replies: 19
Views: 2750

Re: Advice: Apartment Contract

He's not scamming or not paying rent. He just want to terminate the contract earlier because the place is too far away from work. No, he's not scamming if he terminates the contract early and lets the landlord know well in advance and agrees to pay a months rent or part of it. But if, as many poste...
by kristidnyc
Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Advice: Apartment Contract
Replies: 19
Views: 2750

Re: Advice: Apartment Contract

Having been a landlord, I see their point of view. They might have had some expenses renting out the apartment, placing ads, doing touch ups, taking time off work to show the apartment, etc., so if you signed a contract for a year (?) and move out after two months, then they lose more money than you...
by kristidnyc
Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mister or Gringo
Replies: 49
Views: 6439

Re: Mister or Gringo

Chi Chi -
I've only been called "gringa" once, and it was in a small village called Lamas close to Tarapoto.

Go figure.
by kristidnyc
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Volleyball
Replies: 6
Views: 1217

Volleyball

I saw the post about soccer, so thought I'd ask if anyone knows where my husband could play volleyball? He likes to play in a mixed team. He's over 40, but is as fit as a 30 year old.

Thanks.
by kristidnyc
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Need relationship advice
Replies: 96
Views: 14209

Re: Need relationship advice

Andy, I'm so sorry for your situation. I'm sure she's very beautiful and nice when you're together. But you have two problems here: 1) She's just not that into you 2) She has no conscience when it comes to using you as an ATM One of them could be bearable (but still not OK), but with the two problem...
by kristidnyc
Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Leaving Apartment Contract
Replies: 5
Views: 1344

Re: Leaving Apartment Contract

You may lose your security deposit, but I doubt nothing else will happen.

In the US, too, you would lose your security deposit, but it would not end up on your credit report unless you have done something wrong like not paid the last month's rent, or destroyed the apartment.
by kristidnyc
Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Guardian in Chaclacayo/Chosica
Replies: 0
Views: 716

Guardian in Chaclacayo/Chosica

We have a great guardian who has been looking after our property in Chaclacayo for three years. Now that we are selling our house, he needs to get a new position. He and his wife and kid were living in the guest house and took care of the property, mowed the lawn, watered the plants, kept the ground...
by kristidnyc
Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: turkish-middle estaern-juwish fast food
Replies: 15
Views: 4568

Re: turkish-middle estaern-juwish fast food

There's a new shawarma place on Bolognesi cuadra 4 in Barranco, between the Bulevar and Balta stops on the Metropolitano. I haven't tried it yet, and it's a really small hole-in-the-wall kind of place. Once we do try it, we'll let you know.
by kristidnyc
Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New Turkish Restaurant in Barranco
Replies: 10
Views: 3763

Re: New Turkish Restaurant in Barranco

Just don't eat the falafels at Istanbul. They're terrible, nothing even close to what falafels taste like in Turkey, Syria, or the rest of the Middle East. I doubt the current owner is Turkish...
by kristidnyc
Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New Mexican Restaurant
Replies: 50
Views: 13867

Re: New Mexican Restaurant

I agree that the Burrito Bar is excellent. We've been there twice now, since it's only a couple of blocks from our apartment and a great healthier option for fast food. The owner, Stu, is from England, and he's a really nice guy. Who knew the English could make burritos? Definitely one of the best c...
by kristidnyc
Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: married name change
Replies: 33
Views: 6746

Re: married name change

Oh, and the main reason I don't want to become a Peruvian citizen is because I would be given a name that's not mine, e.g., my mother's maiden name. WTF? Why can't the Peruvian's accept that I already have a name.

Although, I do love Peru and the Peruvians.
by kristidnyc
Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: married name change
Replies: 33
Views: 6746

Re: married name change

I'm married. I don't have kids. Never wanted kids. But I'm very happy to be married to my soul mate. We married because I needed a green card in the US, otherwise we would have just stayed together. BUT the fact that we are married have brought us closer together, so I'm glad fate and stupid immigra...
by kristidnyc
Sat Oct 01, 2011 2:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to get business cards made?
Replies: 3
Views: 709

Re: Where to get business cards made?

Wilson in Central Lima. You have to shop around to get the bets deals, and have to look at samples of previously printed cards. But guaranteed the best prices in Lima.
by kristidnyc
Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Selling house and transferring money
Replies: 4
Views: 968

Re: Selling house and transferring money

As non-residents in Peru , they will have to pay 30% tax on the profit in Peru. In the US (if the law in LA is the same as in the NY), they will have report the income on their tax return and pay the difference (if any) in the US. In other words, if the taxes in the US are 33%, you pay 30% in Peru a...
by kristidnyc
Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: House Hunters International goes to Lima
Replies: 18
Views: 4264

Re: House Hunters International goes to Lima

A quick Googeling provided me with this link to their web site:
http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/80701
by kristidnyc
Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: turkish-middle estaern-juwish fast food
Replies: 15
Views: 4568

Re: turkish-middle estaern-juwish fast food

There's a place called Istanbul on Av. Grau in Barranco. But the food is terrible. The falafel I had there had nothing in common with falafels I've had anywhere in the world (inluding Turkey). But from what I understand it has been open for at least a year - perhaps with change in ownership. So if y...
by kristidnyc
Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Discussion about money with gf.
Replies: 5
Views: 751

Re: Discussion about money with gf.

I agree - hang on to that girl! It's a decent thing to do to take care of your own finances and not rely on someone else, even if it's your boyfriend.

Is it the smartest financially? Maybe not. But it's the right thing to do.
by kristidnyc
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?
Replies: 38
Views: 8707

Re: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?

My guess is that incomes are rising in Peru, so there are more people looking for property. That plus easier credit means there are more people wanting to buy than there are properties for sale. More demand than supply = higher prices. Add on to that developers who are happy to pay a high price for...
by kristidnyc
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?
Replies: 38
Views: 8707

Re: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?

but here is one out in the country (1.5 hours from St Louis) but only 15 mintues from a small town with a Wal Mart etc and maybe 30 min to a town with multiplex - chain restaurants etc it has 1 acre ground on a paved road - this is an un real deal for some one who wants to retire the price $19,900 ...
by kristidnyc
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Best Sushi in Lima?
Replies: 8
Views: 3195

Re: Best Sushi in Lima?

I think this is a big gap in the market and an excellent business opportunity. AN AFFORDABLE SUSHI RESTAURANT. Products used to make Sushi aren't expensive so why does Sushi have to be expensive. It's not difficult to prepare either and the products can be bought at any market or supermarket. I thi...
by kristidnyc
Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?
Replies: 38
Views: 8707

Re: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?

Oh, and I wanted to add that I do agree that properties in Lima ARE very expensive when compared to incomes.
by kristidnyc
Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?
Replies: 38
Views: 8707

Re: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?

in the US I can buy a house for $40,000 that rents for $750 a month (thats out of whack) in Peru what does a $40,000 unit rent for - $250? I'm very curious to know where in the US you can buy a property for $40K and rent for $750/month. I want to go shopping there! My personal (actual) experience i...
by kristidnyc
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Best Sushi in Lima?
Replies: 8
Views: 3195

Best Sushi in Lima?

I'm dying to have some good sushi, but wouldn't even know where to start looking. I'm guessing there HAS to be a good sushi place here, given there are some many Peruvians of Japanese descent. However, in my experience Peruvians aren't very successful in making "foreign foods", like Pizza,...
by kristidnyc
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?
Replies: 38
Views: 8707

Re: why properties are so expensive in Peru ?

in the US I can buy a house for $40,000 that rents for $750 a month (thats out of whack) in Peru what does a $40,000 unit rent for - $250? I'm very curious to know where in the US you can buy a property for $40K and rent for $750/month. I want to go shopping there! My personal (actual) experience i...
by kristidnyc
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Coffee Group Weekly
Replies: 276
Views: 57612

Re: a weekly coffee group

We (my Peruvian husband and I) might join next week. Sounds like fun, but it's a bit early. I think it's a good thing it has moved to Mondays :)
by kristidnyc
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy.... in Lima *UPDATED*
Replies: 18
Views: 2200

Re: Where to buy.... in Lima

I also have a problem with finding yogurt (the bioferia is a great tip!), but my mother in law said you can buy a yogurt maker in the US, with which it's really easy to make delicious yogurt, even the Greek type, at home. If you haven't left yet, here's a link: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Total-Chef-Y...
by kristidnyc
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Just Opinions - Likes and Dislikes of Peru
Replies: 101
Views: 18643

Re: Just Opinions - Likes and Dislikes of Peru

Yes, there are lots of seafood restaurants that are very expensive if you're living on a Peruvian budget. Expensive restaurants have excellent food anywhere in the world. I'm talking about "Menus", or any meal that costs less than S./15 per plate. I'm just not a big fan of Peruvian food, w...
by kristidnyc
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Just Opinions - Likes and Dislikes of Peru
Replies: 101
Views: 18643

Re: Just Opinions - Likes and Dislikes of Peru

Oh, by the way - what is Gringo Tax?
by kristidnyc
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Just Opinions - Likes and Dislikes of Peru
Replies: 101
Views: 18643

Re: Just Opinions - Likes and Dislikes of Peru

I don't know if I'm qualified to respond as I've only been here one month so far, but I've visited Peru more than ten times over the last ten years, so I feel I know the country pretty well. Anyways, for a newbie like me, here are my initial likes/dislikes: LIKES: [*] My big apartment. I couldn't af...
by kristidnyc
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reiki Sessions and Tarot Card Readings
Replies: 0
Views: 1172

Reiki Sessions and Tarot Card Readings

Hi all, I just (finally) moved to Lima, something that has been in the works for the last three years. I'm a certified Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master and also read Tarot Cards. If anyone is interested, please check out my web site. http://www.soulspeake.com/ I'm fluent in English, Spanish, Estonian and S...
by kristidnyc
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Children's Activities in Lima
Replies: 0
Views: 890

Children's Activities in Lima

I know a lot of expats have children in Lima, either with a Peruvian or Expat spouse. I wonder if you have seen the fantastic blog "Lima Para Pequenos" that announces children's activities in Lima. The blog has won a price for the Family section of the "20 Best Peruvian Blogs" in...
by kristidnyc
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why are books so expensive?
Replies: 12
Views: 2849

Re: Why are books so expensive?

I'm guessing the high prices also have to do with the black market. If the black market didn't exist, then the publishers would have a greater circulation of books, which would make the price of printing, distribution, etc. lower.
by kristidnyc
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvians denied entry to US for arrest?
Replies: 22
Views: 3425

Re: Peruvians denied entry to US for arrest?

I agree with some posters above - you should definitely check with the Peruvian embassy and/or USCIS (although they are usually useless). Immigration personnel act on a whim, one would let her in, another would not. And - although she's applying for a tourist visa, they might deny her entry because ...
by kristidnyc
Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Architect (Lima/Chaclacayo)
Replies: 3
Views: 628

Architect (Lima/Chaclacayo)

Hi, I'm looking for a good architect in Lima or Chaclacayo who can help us renovate/restructure our house. We don't (maybe obviously?) want to pay an arm and a leg, but still want someone who know what they're doing. Our house is a Spanish type of house, perhaps 50 years old. It's structurally solid...
by kristidnyc
Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Movie about Lima (El Olvido )
Replies: 3
Views: 693

It's an excellent movie. Well worth checking out!
by kristidnyc
Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: My mouth got me in trouble again
Replies: 60
Views: 7347

You guys should check out "La Teta Asustada", if you haven't seen it yet. There's a scene where the lady of the house (a pituca) is negotiating the price of installing a window with a carpenter. It goes something like this: Carpenter: It will be S/. 1000, senora Lady: Oh, that's too much, ...
by kristidnyc
Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: If you're partnered with a Peruvian...
Replies: 39
Views: 7047

I'd say most things are positive, or just interesting an new. Here are some things I've noticed (I'm Swedish/Estonian, he is Peruvian but has lived in the US 25 years): 1. Lateness - he likes to leave everything until the last minute, whereas I like to be early 2. Loveliness - he can be so extremely...
by kristidnyc
Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Marriage/Visa Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1290

Just FYI - when you call the USCIS, ask to speak with an immigration agent. The people who answer the phone in teh call center don't knwo anything. We were given bad information for months by these people and were almost denied a green card. Also makes sense to call several times and speak to differ...
by kristidnyc
Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:06 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Personal Quandry
Replies: 36
Views: 5282

I have relatives in sweden who have come to the States many times over the years to get medical care. Neither of my uncles would be alive today if they had not come. That might be true for your uncles, but for the rest of the people in Sweden, the average life expectancy is 80.86 years, while for t...
by kristidnyc
Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Personal Quandry
Replies: 36
Views: 5282

This is what I know about socialist vs. capitalist healthcare (based on two countries I've lived in more than 10 years): USA (capitalist): You only get healthcare insurance if you work for a company that pays for your insurance, and the service is bad, the doctors are mediocre and the equipment is f...
by kristidnyc
Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Driving from USA to Peru
Replies: 10
Views: 1327

We thought of doing it, too, but decided not to when we realized that at one point (Panama/Colombia?) you have to pay $1,000 tax for the car. Or some kind of fee. For us, this didn't make it worth it. Plus my mother-in-law started crying when we told her about our plans, because she was worried some...
by kristidnyc
Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Exercise Machines/Equipment
Replies: 8
Views: 887

I saw some benches and other gym equipment in Surquillo on Republica de Panama, the stretch between Ace and Casinelli, but on the opposite side of the road. I think they were Peruvian made and seemed to be decent quality.

Not sure where to get balance balls, though.
by kristidnyc
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Perennial air fare topic
Replies: 5
Views: 727

It depends on the airline. LAN charges $100, plus any change in ticket price. Even if you buy from Expedia, you can go to the LAN office in Lima and have the ticket changed for $100. I think the most we've paid is $130. We do this ALL the time, because we always end up staying longer than we had fir...
by kristidnyc
Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a Bicycle in Peru
Replies: 10
Views: 1958

I've travelled/moved around a lot with my bike, and would suggest that if you have a good bike at home, justr bring it. The airlines usually charge around $70 to bring your bike with you on the flight. You just have to pack it well. Bike stores usually provide cardboard bokes for free, then all you ...
by kristidnyc
Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hosting Exchange Student in Peru (Guest Family/Agents).
Replies: 5
Views: 1208

Hi, I would suggest contacting the large, international exchange student organizations. The only one I found (after a quick search) with offices/contacts in Peru was: http://www.afs.org.pe/ But you could also contact YFU, ASSE, EF, etc. in the US to see if they have any programs/plans for Peru. Hope...
by kristidnyc
Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ascending from 3rd to 1st World
Replies: 60
Views: 10305

European POV

Just adding my European POV. 1. What other nations have emerged from 3rd world to 1st world in this century or the last? Examples: Sweden, Spain and ex-Soviet States like Estonia, etc. 2. How did they do it? Sweden - Stayed independent during the WW II, then took advantage of having undestroyed citi...
by kristidnyc
Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru government bans homosexuals from police service
Replies: 30
Views: 5130

You hear from most Gay People that they are no different than straight people. But most straight people dont see it that way. They see big differences. Some are outright horrified by Gay people and the dieviation in culture that they represent. You are so wrong! I'm straight. All straight people I ...
by kristidnyc
Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The torture of language learning
Replies: 23
Views: 3753

First of all - good luck! Spanish is a beautiful language! I thought I'd add my POV, given I learned Spanish 5 years ago. I went to Spain, gave myself 4 months to learn the language through an intensive course, and actually did manage to become fluent (but not perfect) in four months. My advantage w...

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