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by LauraMH
Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:33 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to ILO..
Replies: 3
Views: 1606

Re: Moving to ILO..

I lived in Ilo for 2 years. The family of my husband live there. I am happy to help you. Email me.
by LauraMH
Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Gold and Silver questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1893

Gold and Silver questions

I know there are some of you who are up on this topic. I just can't remember who you are. I have a few random questions. 1. Do banks in Peru have safety deposit boxes? If so how do they function? 2. Has anyone ever had lets say silver dollars sent to themselves? They are legal tender but will they p...
by LauraMH
Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: getting money to myself
Replies: 3
Views: 904

getting money to myself

Hello, I know there is some info on here about this, but I was wondering if I could get some even more clear info from people who have done the same. I'd really appreciate it. In the next week or so I'd need to send myself 10 to $15K from the USA to Arequipa from my retirement brokers. I am not sure...
by LauraMH
Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa expats
Replies: 0
Views: 711

Arequipa expats

FYI to those living in Arequipa now or in the future. There is an expat page in Facebook......

Arequipa Expats. Feel free to join us. We get together once in a while as a group and also a good place for information related to living in AQP, Peru.
by LauraMH
Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Job hunting in Arequipa
Replies: 3
Views: 2436

Re: Job hunting in Arequipa

Hi, I don't have a ton of ideas off hand myself. However, the more people you know you are bound to come across something. Here is all WHO you know. If you'd like to join the arequipa expat group on facebook let me know. We get together once in awhile and you can connect with others living here as y...
by LauraMH
Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: 1 day Colca Canyon tours?
Replies: 4
Views: 2705

Re: 1 day Colca Canyon tours?

there are tons of places that arrange the tours in Arequipa. Just know that it is a lot of sitting for a short experience. The 24 hour trip is so much better and not much more time, but it's up to you. There are various prices depending on the type of overnight place you want, but the $30 is about r...
by LauraMH
Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Day trips around Arequipa?
Replies: 1
Views: 1203

Re: Day trips around Arequipa?

I'm sure this is obvious but....colca canyon....a great 2 day 1 night trip.
by LauraMH
Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Need advice for buying medications
Replies: 2
Views: 597

Re: Need advice for buying medications

I can't help you on the solution. But if you're talking about the thyroid medicaiton Eutirox...it is easily found. Don't buy the cheap generic on that one. It's not the same, but I have found it at most of the major pharmacies.
by LauraMH
Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Time takes for package to clear Peruvian customs
Replies: 13
Views: 4905

Re: Time takes for package to clear Peruvian customs

I would go check on it. I got something from the states that arrived under 10 days. They are "on strike" but when I got there they told me international desk was open and I easily got my package no trouble.
by LauraMH
Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 11319

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

Hi All We are thinking of moving back to Arequipa and want to get something setup ahead of time///// We were hoping that someone here might be willing to pick up a phone number for us from one of our friends. His name is Mario (We had his phone number but I think he has changed it) and Mario runs a...
by LauraMH
Mon May 30, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: New clothes for toddlers and girls
Replies: 2
Views: 725

Re: New clothes for toddlers and girls

Can you please post if you still have clothes available. I am very interested as well. Thanks!
by LauraMH
Wed May 11, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: traveling with 2 passports
Replies: 6
Views: 1035

Re: traveling with 2 passports

Just an FYI as this just happened to us. Our children entered with US passports and once here we were able to get their Peruvian passports. When we left the country we had them stamp the US passports because we didn't want any expired visas. They would not allow them to enter into Chile with an uns...
by LauraMH
Wed May 11, 2011 7:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: traveling with 2 passports
Replies: 6
Views: 1035

Re: traveling with 2 passports

great. thanks!!
by LauraMH
Tue May 10, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: traveling with 2 passports
Replies: 6
Views: 1035

traveling with 2 passports

Hello all. Quick question. So my daughter who is currently 10 months has both Peruvian and American nationalities. She of course has 2 passports. I understand how to use the passports, but what I didn't think about what for the ticket etc. I am taking her to the states for 7 weeks in July. I made ou...
by LauraMH
Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Looking for Native English teacher that can teach over Skype
Replies: 3
Views: 1343

Re: Looking for Native English teacher that can teach over Skype

A friend of mine who is living in Argentina is interested in trying out some classes via Skype with a native English speaker. She is intermediate/advanced but has had trouble with the local teachers not being native and always reverting back to Spanish during class. Send me some information on your...
by LauraMH
Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Limit on number of names a baby can have?
Replies: 20
Views: 2489

Re: Limit on number of names a baby can have?

Hey Sharon! Are you just asking hypothetically or are you having a baby???? I hope it's the latter. I don't have any real help this time. We went with just two names. I know there are variations in the past. My MIL for example just has her husbands name. They lost her birth records. So they made it ...
by LauraMH
Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 11319

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

Could not find it here. I am looking for advice on a nice community ( fairly cheap) within 30-45 min or less from the main Plaza. looking for something with expats (not Cayma)! Have you been in arequipa before? You want something to rent? for a short time? long-time? need a bit more info. but in ge...
by LauraMH
Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Babies, fiances...
Replies: 15
Views: 3584

Re: Babies, fiances...

Is there a cost associated with registering the birth of a child with the US consulate? If so what is it? I have yet to read anything regarding a cost to register a child as a US citizen. Yes I went through that whole process 8 months ago when my daughter was born. It's not just the record of birth...
by LauraMH
Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mother & Toddler Groups
Replies: 11
Views: 1211

Re: Mother & Toddler Groups

Hi All!! My son Charlie (age 1) and I have just moved from Ireland to Lima with my partner who is from Peru. I do not know too many people here. I have spent the last month searching for things to do with my son. My partner works very long hours, alas it is just Charlie & I most of the time. Th...
by LauraMH
Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: methodist church
Replies: 0
Views: 306

methodist church

Anyone know of a Methodist church outside of Lima but in Peru? Thanks!
by LauraMH
Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa expats
Replies: 0
Views: 433

Arequipa expats

We are having another gathering for those interested.......see who is around this time of year. We will be meeting at Capriccio's on Mercederes near the Plaza de las Armas. Saturday at noon.........
by LauraMH
Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Television Show is looking for ex-pats in Peru!
Replies: 3
Views: 940

Re: Television Show is looking for ex-pats in Peru!

A popular American television show is looking for ex-pats who have relocated to Peru in the last couple of years and who have purchased a property. Participation in our show is a fantastic way to document your new life abroad and our professional HD recording of your episode will be yours as a keep...
by LauraMH
Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa expat meet up #2
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Arequipa expat meet up #2

Hello all...

Just posting a reminder for any expats lurking in Arequipa. We will be meeting again on March 5th at 11am. I believe it will be at Capriccio's in Cayma again.....unless someone wants to suggest changing it.

See you all there.
by LauraMH
Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: social security # help
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: social security # help

you can try to get a magicjack. that will give you a US phone number. thanks. I have a magic jack and I use skype. Calling the US is not a problem. I just know that the tramite has to be done at the embassy here in the US and I can't get them to answer the phone or return an email. I am trying to a...
by LauraMH
Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Home Schooling
Replies: 42
Views: 13312

Re: Home Schooling

not that I have any vested interest, but if you do homeschool here in Peru but do not follow the state demanded standards (you are free to teach any additional standards you like) you are violating Peruvian law. I have not yet received the email, I will contact him again. so encouraging. I would lo...
by LauraMH
Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Racism in Arequipa
Replies: 27
Views: 5078

Re: Racism in Arequipa

The north of Peru is lovely, but I think it could get boring. Hey!...boring?! If by that you mean we in the north are not up to our butts in floods at the moment, I’ll take boring. :D Tom haha.......touche......I just meant variety of weather and such.....I actually love the north and if it wasn't ...
by LauraMH
Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: social security # help
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: social security # help

We went to the embassy here in Lima after getting an appointment online. Filled in the form and submitted it at the window. Were told it will take upto 3 months for the card to arrive by mail at the home address. Hope the info helps. thanks.....that helps a little....except I live in Arequipa. I re...
by LauraMH
Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Washing Fruits & Vegetables
Replies: 31
Views: 7779

Re: Washing Fruits & Vegetables

I use Citrokill to wash all of my fruits and vegetables. First I rinse them all in the regular tap water, then let them soak for the recommended time, 15-20 mins in the Citrokill. With lettuce, you should be very careful as parasites can get into it much more easily. So, I buy lettuce hidroponicall...
by LauraMH
Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Racism in Arequipa
Replies: 27
Views: 5078

Re: Racism in Arequipa

Very interesting discussion. My husband is darker brown in complexion but considers himself black. His father calls his mother "negrita" and she is no where black. As others have said, these thoughts/comments are not meant negatively or in any way racists. The other comments people have ma...
by LauraMH
Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Earthquake Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 3187

Re: Earthquake Insurance

Thanks for the good information. that is helpful. What about policies for the stuff in a rented apartment? How does that work? What are the prices?
by LauraMH
Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: social security # help
Replies: 6
Views: 879

social security # help

Hello there. I am hoping someone can give some input. My daughter is now 7 months. When she was 4 months we went to Lima and got her passport and record of birth abroad at the US Embassy and everything went fine with that. However, the person (it seems like there is only 1) who handles SS stuff was ...
by LauraMH
Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa Gathering
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Arequipa Gathering

An open invitation for those currently living in Arequipa. A group of expats will be meeting this Saturday, Feb 12th at 10am at Capriccios in Cayma. (near Saga intersection (cruce) of Avenida Cayma with Avenida Ejercito. Looking forward to meeting those who can make it. We'll set up another one for ...
by LauraMH
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Baby/Child in Dual Language Household
Replies: 19
Views: 6785

Re: Baby/Child in Dual Language Household

I understand your concern. It is an experiment for sure. I am american and my husband is Peruvian. We speak spanish to one another in the house as his English is limited. My daughter, who is now 7 months, was born in Peru and we live in Arequipa. I speak only English to her. She is with me all day. ...
by LauraMH
Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 11319

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

Hi, all! I'll be moving to Arequipa in a few months with my peruvian girlfriend. We are moving from NYC and will stay at her parents in Cayma for first couple of months. Wonder if there is something similar to craigslist, but just for Arequipa where I could rent an apt. I do speak spanish, but woul...
by LauraMH
Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 11319

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

Welcome Francios, We just arrived in Arequipa last week and are trying to get things set up. It is a long process. I am happy to share what I can as well. There has been some serious rain here this week. For all those in Arequipa I was thinking we could have a get together depending on when people a...
by LauraMH
Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: grocery shopping
Replies: 12
Views: 3225

Re: grocery shopping

thanks everyone. that helps. I just wanted to get a lay of the land from people's personal experience. Tacna just got a plaza vea 4 blocks from my house, but in Arequipa I will have more options and wasn't sure what the major difference, especially on price and selection was exactly. i used to do al...
by LauraMH
Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: grocery shopping
Replies: 12
Views: 3225

grocery shopping

Okay. so the country bumpkin goes to the big city... I would like to know what are the differences between Tottus, Metro and Plaza Vea. If someone would be willing to give a quick overview of how they are different or why you would shop at one versus the other it would be awesome! All you who live i...
by LauraMH
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do I tell the US Govt I got married in Peru?
Replies: 8
Views: 1594

Re: How do I tell the US Govt I got married in Peru?

Of course no one knows for sure, but that is basically what happened to us. We want to vacation for a few weeks in the US before we were married. As soon as they see "novios" it's an automatic denial as there is a fiance visa and it is a whole other more exhaustive process. So, we got marr...
by LauraMH
Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do I tell the US Govt I got married in Peru?
Replies: 8
Views: 1594

Re: How do I tell the US Govt I got married in Peru?

yea. the question is unclear. we got a 10 year tourist visa for my husband maybe 6 months after we were married. we did the process just the same as before (when we were denied before we were married). as someone wrote. it is not a for sure thing, but more probable. if you can show that you have a s...
by LauraMH
Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: water issues in Peru?
Replies: 36
Views: 4215

water issues in Peru?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 00_pf.html

anyone else read this article. it's quite serious. i didn't realize they were talking 10 years. thoughts? comments?
by LauraMH
Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: US Visa explained (slightly) -- 80% rejected
Replies: 59
Views: 10969

Re: US Visa explained (slightly) -- 80% rejected

unless I am missing something......you are fine. Pay the fine for the days you are over. $1 for each day over or take a quick trip to Arica, Chile. This can be done in 1-2 days and fairly inexpensive, but unless you want to visit Arica, it's about the same to just pay the fine. You shouldn't have an...
by LauraMH
Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 11319

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

Yes, I planned to organize something next month when we get situated. We'll be moving in the next week and so I figure early February we could do a meet and greet somewhere. I was going to collect email addresses and such and invite everyone. However, if someone else who is already living there want...
by LauraMH
Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Living in Arequipa
Replies: 24
Views: 15566

Re: Living in Arequipa

Hi everyone, I'm moving to Arequipa from San Diego next May and want to be as prepared as I can prior to the move. I'll be in Arequipa for a couple of years. I visited the town 2 years ago and fell in love with it. My preferred location to live would be out of the town's center in the countryside, ...
by LauraMH
Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: so no one knows anything about huaraz?
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Re: so no one knows anything about huaraz?

joe12345 wrote:no one knows about property in huaraz? how about general living, and having a biz?


I have a friend who lives there. Didn't I give you her information before or was that someone else? PM me if not.
by LauraMH
Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 11319

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

ive been living in arequipa for 8 months now and definately didnt find winter cold. I was swimming in outdoor pools in june and july and learnt the hard way how important sunblock is all the time. The nights do get abit chilly but we never needed a heater or had a fire in our house. There was rarel...
by LauraMH
Thu Dec 30, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Growing tomato's in Arequipa
Replies: 4
Views: 558

Re: Growing tomato's in Arequipa

humm. I need to investigate this more......so this doesn't already exist?

So you mean can them and market them to restaurants as an export item?? hummm......curious.
by LauraMH
Thu Dec 30, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travel Agencies in Peru
Replies: 11
Views: 8882

Re: Travel Agencies in Peru

We have a small, modest, personalized travel business that also focus' on service learning/home stays etc. We are just getting started, but I think we do a great job and do it for A LOT less than other places. Basically cost plus a little extra for our efforts. You can check us out at http://www.wix...
by LauraMH
Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Living in Arequipa
Replies: 24
Views: 15566

Re: Living in Arequipa

I'm curious. Those who were looking......what did you find and for how much?

I really want a house not an apartment, but for under 1000/soles. Possible?
by LauraMH
Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: $50,000.00 per Hectera in Arequipa? Wow!
Replies: 5
Views: 1223

Re: $50,000.00 per Hectera in Arequipa? Wow!

this is high? low??
by LauraMH
Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 11319

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

Also.......update... For all those currently living there or will be living in Arequipa soon. We will be relocating there next month Jan 2011. I'd love to set something up in February to meet the expats in the area etc. We could meet at a central location possibly if people are interested or I could...

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