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by Buckey
Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?
Replies: 19
Views: 1124

Re: Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?

It appears that those who live in Arequipa are very happy with it. And some who don't live there can't stand that they're happy. :D
by Buckey
Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:47 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?
Replies: 19
Views: 1124

Re: Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?

I had considered Sucre, Bolivia but the red tape and travel costs made me give up on that idea. Thanks for the great post, it confirms what I've read many times from people who visited, but great to hear from someone who lives there. My wife is an urbanite and the only way she'll be happy with this...
by Buckey
Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?
Replies: 19
Views: 1124

Re: Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?

Arequipa is another stressfull place with a lot of traffic, smog and if you can't afford to live in the most expensive áreas, then you end up in the ''hood''. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntkzs_Y4CGQ It's true there can be a lot of traffic in the center of town - around rush hour. Not unusual for...
by Buckey
Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?
Replies: 19
Views: 1124

Re: Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?

teamoperu wrote:Arequipa has a lot going for it. Now if only they could move it down a 1000 meters :D


The height of places like Cusco and Huaraz are mind blowing. Arequipa wouldn't bat an eye in Colorado, let alone Peru!
by Buckey
Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?
Replies: 19
Views: 1124

Re: Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?

If not then where? Buckey.. It will help us keep this answer on track if you could take some time to define what you mean by "quality of life". Just from research when you weigh climate, scenery, cost of living, atmosphere, amenities, safety, etc, Arequipa seems to be the best overall com...
by Buckey
Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?
Replies: 19
Views: 1124

Arequipa: Best Quality of Life in Peru?

If not then where?
by Buckey
Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?
Replies: 161
Views: 11978

Re: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?

That may well be in Thailand, but you are putting your own cultural prism on it. In the Philippines, a very Catholic country, girls are raised to believe it's their duty to take care of their husbands. Even older Filipino men marry much younger women. Doesn't mean you can't find a bad apple, especi...
by Buckey
Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?
Replies: 161
Views: 11978

Re: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?

And many go because they got chewed up and spat out in Western relationships and are looking for a lady with cultural values that reflect their own. If you have a pension, know that it won't go far in your home country but will in the Philippines or Thailand, and that you can find a young lady ther...
by Buckey
Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?
Replies: 161
Views: 11978

Re: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?

Many old or weird guys that have often mental problems and or a criminal record and have a history of domestic violence go to Asian and African countries to find the 'girl of their dreams'. And many go because they got chewed up and spat out in Western relationships and are looking for a lady with ...
by Buckey
Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?
Replies: 161
Views: 11978

Re: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?

I don't believe all Colombians look like Shakira (or better) and there are plenty of attractive women in Peru as well. I have also heard that a lot of Colombianas (at least the ones you are likely to meet as a gringo on a vacation) are scammers and gold diggers. No population is completely attracti...
by Buckey
Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?
Replies: 161
Views: 11978

Re: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?

I've read Piura is a great place to meet sweet, attractive young ladies. I was considering moving to the Philippines someday in hopes of finding a nice girl to marry but an old flame found me through Facebook and we got married last August. If I were in the OP's shoes I'd start learning Spanish and...
by Buckey
Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?
Replies: 161
Views: 11978

Re: Moving to Peru looking for love - Good or bad?

I've read Piura is a great place to meet sweet, attractive young ladies. I was considering moving to the Philippines someday in hopes of finding a nice girl to marry but an old flame found me through Facebook and we got married last August. If I were in the OP's shoes I'd start learning Spanish and ...
by Buckey
Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:47 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Arequipa Facebook Group
Replies: 0
Views: 301

Arequipa Facebook Group

Hi, anyone here a member? Have tried to join but no response from them for a couple of weeks.
by Buckey
Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: intercultural love relationship -- does it works ?..
Replies: 123
Views: 22850

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

From my perspective sixty year old old goats with babies are incredibly selfish people. A 60 year old marries a 24 yr old Peruana. Their first child arrives when he's 62, same year he starts Social Security. That means his child as an American citizen is entitled to a Social Security payment equal ...
by Buckey
Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: intercultural love relationship -- does it works ?..
Replies: 123
Views: 22850

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

I guess I'm lucky then - my husband fought for (and won) custody of his 2 kids from his first marriage, and is incredibly involved with the boys. He goes to all the school meetings, we share discipline and make those choices together, and he spends evenings and weekends doing things with the boys -...
by Buckey
Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best retirement area in Peru?
Replies: 23
Views: 2237

Re: Best retirement area in Peru?

who would consider retiring to a country they have never visited ? You've got to start somewhere. I've been to Canada and Mexico, but will most likely retire to Guatemala or Peru. I'm basing that on many, many posts by others on various forums about a number of countries, and many books read. I'll ...
by Buckey
Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Forum like this for Mexico?
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Forum like this for Mexico?

Google Mexico Connect forum, best one I know of. Also the Mexico Branch of Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree forum. Alot of travel info, but quite a bit about living there too.
by Buckey
Sun May 15, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Asuncion, Paraguay
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

Re: Asuncion, Paraguay

The are nice cities south of the country on the river. I agree, and probably more affordable than Asuncion. There's a hostel in Posadas, Argentina that would be a good base for exploring the area. I'm surprised you are considering leaving Tarapoto. I think Huanchaco will work well for me. Walkable,...
by Buckey
Sat May 14, 2011 8:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Asuncion, Paraguay
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

Re: Asuncion, Paraguay

I also read that it`s supposed the cheapest country on earth to live. A descent flat in the capital can be rented for $100. And food and other things are cheaper than Peru. I've always read that Bolivia is the cheapest in South America. You probably can find $100 apartments in Asuncion but probably...
by Buckey
Fri May 13, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Asuncion, Paraguay
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

Re: Asuncion, Paraguay

According to a guy on City Data's World forum, Paraguay is one of the easiest countries in the world to stay in without going to the trouble of getting resident visa. A guy named Kraig on the Expat Blog forum said something similar. Just pay a small overstay fee when you leave, no worries about depo...
by Buckey
Tue May 10, 2011 1:00 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Asuncion, Paraguay
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

Re: Asuncion, Paraguay

Did anyone travelled already to Asuncion in Paraguay? I will be going there in the beginning of June for a visit. I will have to fly because of healthreasons I cannot make such a long trip by bus. Is Paraguay more or less expensive than Peru? Google Expat Blog Forum and follow their prompts to get ...
by Buckey
Sun May 08, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.
Replies: 43
Views: 4683

Re: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.

Same for me, I worked a lot since I was 18. Spended a little and saved a lot. At the age of 33, I retired. I didn't wat to work in Europe till I am 65 and then have to live of a marginal pension that unables me to make ends meet. Seems quite a few people are realizing this option. But most people I...
by Buckey
Sun May 08, 2011 5:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.
Replies: 43
Views: 4683

Re: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.

I'm a little envious of those with interesting reasons for ending up in Peru. Mine is pretty mundane. I realized in my late 30's that the pension I was working so hard for wasn't going to provide much of a retirement. About that time ran across some books on living in Mexico in bookstore travel sect...
by Buckey
Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Kindle, DHL and excessive fees
Replies: 11
Views: 1856

Re: A Kindle, DHL and excessive fees

That's a relief, thanks. For the tip too on bringing extra!
by Buckey
Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Kindle, DHL and excessive fees
Replies: 11
Views: 1856

Re: A Kindle, DHL and excessive fees

If I were to bring a Kindle with me to Peru would I incur those fees? Anyone know what's the limit of what you can bring electronics wise in your luggage? For example I'd most likely bring a laptop, an iPad, a Kindle, and a digital camera. A cellphone too. Any fees for too much stuff? Anything to av...
by Buckey
Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Trujillo (another aspiring English teacher)
Replies: 19
Views: 2376

Re: Trujillo (another aspiring English teacher)

I got plenty of friends in Huanchaco who manage to have made a calm and nice home for themselves, I also got friends in the middle of it (party area so to speak), but as you want it calm, yes, you would be able to solve it, take your time and find a nice location if you really want to move out ther...
by Buckey
Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Trujillo (another aspiring English teacher)
Replies: 19
Views: 2376

Re: Trujillo (another aspiring English teacher)

Hope no one thought I was denigrating their choices. I just know what I like, what I want, and am looking at a number of places in a handful of countries that fit the bill. So far, and I've done alot of research, Huanchaco is the best situation I've found. Pretty sure the Peruvians living there woul...
by Buckey
Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Trujillo (another aspiring English teacher)
Replies: 19
Views: 2376

Re: Trujillo (another aspiring English teacher)

Anyone have any opinions of Huanchaco as a place to live? I'm not much of a partier either, looking for peace and quiet. Was thinking Huanchaco might be it but this thread has me wondering. I really don't want to live in a large city, which to me is anything over 300,000. Huanchaco is close enough ...
by Buckey
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Trujillo (another aspiring English teacher)
Replies: 19
Views: 2376

Re: Trujillo (another aspiring English teacher)

Anyone have any opinions of Huanchaco as a place to live? I'm not much of a partier either, looking for peace and quiet. Was thinking Huanchaco might be it but this thread has me wondering. I really don't want to live in a large city, which to me is anything over 300,000. Huanchaco is close enough t...
by Buckey
Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A different account of life in Lima
Replies: 114
Views: 25726

Re: Struggling to adjust to life in Lima...

Well everyone has given you everything from empathy to tough love to ridicule so doubt I'll make much difference. Just appears to me you have 2 choices, stay in Peru and live with the consequences, or return to the U.K. and live with the consequences. Considering Lima's climate I don't think England...
by Buckey
Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How Prevalent is Getting Sick...
Replies: 10
Views: 1190

Re: How Prevalent is Getting Sick...

I guess it depends on where you live. Lima is damp and moist and on the coast even moldy , Apartment retain mold. The can cause respirtory issues.I have spent most of my time up north (Chiclayo-Pimentel) where it is warm year round (7 years), have not had any problems. Did have 1 bout with food poi...
by Buckey
Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How Prevalent is Getting Sick...
Replies: 10
Views: 1190

Re: How Prevalent is Getting Sick...

Appreciate the tips. I've had food poisoning several times in the last 2 years, about as bad as it gets the last time. I've lived in several places on the Mexican border, eat jalapenos every day, the spicier the better. Bad seafood and Chinese have been my problem. I'm just wondering if I can figure...
by Buckey
Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How Prevalent is Getting Sick...
Replies: 10
Views: 1190

How Prevalent is Getting Sick...

...for expats? Have read some posts on contracting serious intestinal viruses, etc. Is it inevitable considering there are bugs in Peru not found in the U.S.? I like to eat out, seems that greatly increases chances to get sick. I'm a bit susceptible to food poisoning, got seriously ill earlier this ...
by Buckey
Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Has anyone just up and moved?
Replies: 34
Views: 3649

Re: Has anyone just up and moved?

As a retiree you have a big advantage, you can apply for the rentista visa. This will exempt you for Peruvian taxes on your pension income. The downside is, you are not permitted to work. The law is still not clear about this. Work in this sense probably means being on a payroll. Being a shareholde...
by Buckey
Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Books in English
Replies: 11
Views: 3430

Re: Books in English

Now that Nature Girl is out of Peru, is anyone else organizing book exchanges at El Sol or anywhere else? I really want to find books in English without paying the exorbitant prices that the bookstores here charge, as well as having a limited selection. I've got the Kindle app on my iPod Touch. It ...
by Buckey
Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Has anyone just up and moved?
Replies: 34
Views: 3649

Re: Has anyone just up and moved?

After reading the cost of living thread I can see why it's recommended to have X amount, consider working longer, etc. Hopefully that won't hold true outside of Lima. As a retiree in a cheaper area I believe I can get by decently for well under $1100 a month, but that may not be the case down the ro...
by Buckey
Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Has anyone just up and moved?
Replies: 34
Views: 3649

Re: Has anyone just up and moved?

Hey, I hope I am as good-humored as the next person, but I feel it could be a disservice to suggest to folks from North America or Northern Europe that one can live well here for 1K usd per mo. You make good points, but isn't safe to say that living in Lima is similar to living in New York City? As...
by Buckey
Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Has anyone just up and moved?
Replies: 34
Views: 3649

Re: Has anyone just up and moved?

I'll have a pension of about $1100 at 55. I don't see a high quality of life in the States on that much income, and not that great even when Social Security kicks in. How do you see Peru as a place of retirement? Are there real obstacles to living as a senior there? I like what I've read, but Peru ...
by Buckey
Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Has anyone just up and moved?
Replies: 34
Views: 3649

Re: Has anyone just up and moved?

This country is full of chances. With the right idea and motivation you can do whatever you like to. However, me and many friends of mine have internet jobs. I am virtually far away and sell my products to China, Australia, Europe - but have Peru outside. And I like it. If this country is good for ...
by Buckey
Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Has anyone just up and moved?
Replies: 34
Views: 3649

Re: Has anyone just up and moved?

I should add I'm from Central Florida originally, father still lives there. You might find a mobile home at that price, but if you are in a park you'll pay alot to park it there. And if you are on your own land there's property taxes. Groceries aren't cheap, eating out is worse. Entertainment is pri...
by Buckey
Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Has anyone just up and moved?
Replies: 34
Views: 3649

Re: Has anyone just up and moved?

Ecuador is just the current flavor of the month and it is really just Cuenca. Mexico,Belize,Panama,Costa Rica have all had their turns as well. I hear a lot more about Roatan, Honduras than Cuenca since the Volcano erupted this year. Peru is not on this list simply because it does not choose to be....
by Buckey
Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Has anyone just up and moved?
Replies: 34
Views: 3649

Re: Has anyone just up and moved?

I'll have a pension of about $1100 at 55. I don't see a high quality of life in the States on that much income, and not that great even when Social Security kicks in. How do you see Peru as a place of retirement? Are there real obstacles to living as a senior there? I like what I've read, but Peru d...
by Buckey
Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Piura
Replies: 16
Views: 2253

Re: Piura

Huanchaco is not a bad place. It is still small, but growing, is 15 minutes from the centre of Trujillo and 10 minutes from the biggest of Trujillo's shopping malls, with cinema and Mcdonalds etc. It is very popular with foreigners who prefer it to the bussle of Trujillo. The beach could be cleaner...
by Buckey
Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Piura
Replies: 16
Views: 2253

Re: Piura

I have been living in Trujillo for 3 years now. Before that I lived in Chimbote for 2 years, which is not a very nice or safe place to live. Yes, there is a LOT of crime here. Burglaries, robberies, muggings are all very common. However, if you take precautions you will be ok. Nothing has happened ...
by Buckey
Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Piura
Replies: 16
Views: 2253

Re: Piura

tupacperu wrote:
Buckey wrote:
mahou123 wrote:New flights have opened up Chiclayo-Cuenca (cheap): if you ever wanted to travel to renew your visa.

Star Peru Airlines

http://economia.terra.com.pe/noticias/n ... N_79287782


Appreciate it, that's a huge plus.
by Buckey
Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Piura
Replies: 16
Views: 2253

Re: Piura

Thanks Mahou123 and JimmyGlen, very informative! Any opinions on Huanchaco? Just read about it and looked up past posts here on it. Seems like an ideal situation, smaller place with good services, good transport to a much larger city with all the amenities.
by Buckey
Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Piura
Replies: 16
Views: 2253

Re: Piura

Piura is not any more developed than Tarapoto and not any safer than Trujillo or Chiclayo. And more polluted than any of those. The only advantage is proximity to warm water beaches from Mancora up north, but they are still more than 2 hours drive. And Cuenca in Ecuador is not that far away (though...
by Buckey
Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Piura
Replies: 16
Views: 2253

Re: Piura

Hi Buckey I agree completely. I have been coming to Trujillo for 7 years and have lived here for the past 12 months without any problems. From my perspective the situation is improving, not getting worse. Sadly, Aas with all cities around the world, the crime problems here are concentrated in poore...
by Buckey
Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Piura
Replies: 16
Views: 2253

Re: Piura

Hi Piura is nice and is relatively close to the great beaches of Mancora etc. It does get very hot though. I would recommend visiting at all your options. I can only honestly speak for Trujillo. We are a city going through a lot of regeneration and improvements. I first came here 7 years ago and th...
by Buckey
Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Piura
Replies: 16
Views: 2253

Piura

I've been reading the Lonely Planet guide as well as lurking here due to running across the Tarapoto Life blog. Tarapoto might be a bit too undeveloped for me but I prefer smaller cities. I was looking at Lonely Planet's page on air routes within Peru and reading the descriptions of the cities with ...

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