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by american_in_lima
Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: OM nightclub
Replies: 13
Views: 2038

Re: OM nightclub

Had an opportunity to go to a birthday party at OM, in the so-called VIP lounge, and I thought it was pretty good. Music started early with house and trance (made me feel at home) then progressed into more raucous reggaton and contemporary latin hip hop later in the evening, and some older latin fa...
by american_in_lima
Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: First hour back in USA, weird experience
Replies: 16
Views: 2236

Re: First hour back in USA, weird experience

Xibalba wrote:Just got back to the US for some work, and am sitting here in the airport waiting for my connecting flight. I am struck by a few strange sensations after being away for a while.


Xibalba - Great post. Dead on with your comments. I had the same impressions when I went back in July.
by american_in_lima
Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Post your monthly budget, Perusta
Replies: 30
Views: 4767

Re: Post your monthly budget, Perusta

For our family of three (2 adults plus a newborn) plus four dogs. We own our condo.

Total: S/. 5567
Exchange Rate: 2.78
Dollars: $2,002.51
by american_in_lima
Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Researcher Marketing Analyst Needed
Replies: 0
Views: 633

Researcher Marketing Analyst Needed

Researcher Marketing Analyst Needed Are you excellent and efficient at using search tools such as Google, Facebook or LinkedIn for a marketing purpose? Get paid to literally search online all day for talented professionals within an executive headhunting environment. Strong level of English importa...
by american_in_lima
Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Baby/Child in Dual Language Household
Replies: 19
Views: 6786

Re: Baby/Child in Dual Language Household

With a two month old, we are going through the same thing. Happily, our son has mastered "gu gu" and "ga ga" in both English and Spanish. :)..He sort of has two names as well, the Spanish version and the English version. (His name is Christian).

Should be an interesting ride!
by american_in_lima
Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: grocery shopping
Replies: 12
Views: 3226

Re: grocery shopping

Makro (http://www.makro.com.pe/site/makro/pt/home/home.aspx) If you don't mind buying in bulk and have the storage space then Makro is the place to go. For example, a kilo of cheese (queso fresco) in Tottus is S/. 15. In Makro, it's S/. 11 or 12 soles. You can also buy individual items. Sort of like...
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Becoming a Peruvian
Replies: 50
Views: 11314

Re: Becoming a Peruvian

I was supposed to get the Peruvian nationality in november. I had my 'final' appointment with the director of naturalizacion, and after that they took my (electronic) fingerprints, (electronic) signature, and (electronic) passphoto. With that and a final check of all my documents, they printed my P...
by american_in_lima
Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: GROUP FOR NEW ARRIVALS AND LONELY PEOPLE
Replies: 21
Views: 3118

Re: GROUP FOR NEW ARRIVALS AND LONELY PEOPLE

Check out http://www.meetup.com/limasocialclub that myself and another friend organized. We have about 55 people as members. We always have events for meetups, so it's a good way to meet expats. I hosted one of the events at Bravo Bar in December for drinks and we had about 30 people show up. I also...
by american_in_lima
Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Eat on Christmas Day
Replies: 24
Views: 3843

Re: Where to Eat on Christmas Day

Post Answers and Reactions like these are the reason that I have decided to stay off this site and contribute like before. Case in point: Someone asks a normal question, like where to eat for Christmas and it becomes this huge philosophical discussion between two people about feeding poor people. Th...
by american_in_lima
Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: 3G Internet on Phone Purchased Overseas
Replies: 25
Views: 8014

Re: 3G Internet on Phone Purchased Overseas

I have a Blackberry Bold 9700 - 3G phone that I bought used in the states (T-mobile). I unlocked it online and then brought it here to Peru without any problems. I use Claro.

I use the phone in 3G without any problems.
by american_in_lima
Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: any day traders
Replies: 3
Views: 738

Re: any day traders

Frank: If you need the 50 centimos for the deposit at Mercado Number 2 to get started for your fruit stand, let me know. I can get a venture captalist deal together for you!

I rolled over laughing when I saw that response. Tears were running down my eyes!! LOL
by american_in_lima
Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Water
Replies: 45
Views: 15526

Re: Buying Water

Euroman - I buy bottled water as a status symbol. I also take a taxi for the same reason. In fact today. I went and bought a coffee to show that I have disposable income. Today my clothes were dirty, so what did I do? I sent my clothes to a rich guy who owns a washer and dryer and runs an illegal la...
by american_in_lima
Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: No Strangers Here: Help after a Fall
Replies: 7
Views: 1386

Re: No Strangers Here: Help after a Fall

Thank you Laurie for those kind words. Gene was a good sport considering the circumstances. :)
by american_in_lima
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ACAP Thanksgiving dinner at Sacha in San Isidro
Replies: 9
Views: 1686

Re: ACAP Thanksgiving dinner at Sacha in San Isidro

Kevin:

I appreciate you speaking on my behalf. To clarify what Kevin thinks. Totally untrue.
by american_in_lima
Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ACAP Thanksgiving dinner at Sacha in San Isidro
Replies: 9
Views: 1686

Re: ACAP Thanksgiving dinner at Sacha in San Isidro

I totally agree that they should have cheaper events as well which is why they the ACAP has lots of free and lower priced events as well which is the nice thing. My point was that the first post was to let people know about the event. Not to discuss if the price was "too much" or not. Cost...
by american_in_lima
Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:04 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ACAP Thanksgiving dinner at Sacha in San Isidro
Replies: 9
Views: 1686

Re: ACAP Thanksgiving dinner at Sacha in San Isidro

I don't think the idea of the post was for opinions on the cost. I think it was just to let people know about the event. The post is not in News and Views. Most Thanksgiving day dinner buffets, will cost you the same price by the way, in the US. Some range from $50 to $100 per person. The fact that ...
by american_in_lima
Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 11148

Re: Atheist Group

I am not sure if anyone actually objected to the creation of the group. Regardless of the topic posted on forums like this, there will always be opinions and differences. For those against it, they said to count them out. For those for it, to count them in.


Difference of opinion is good.
by american_in_lima
Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking for storeage space in Miraflores...
Replies: 7
Views: 1081

Re: Looking for storeage space in Miraflores...

I will publish it for everyone so that other people, if they need it can use him. They do a great job as a moving company as well. SPANISH ONLY. His name is Michael Condore Cell: 981-191-698 Home: 282-5444 Email: [email protected].com (Not sure how much he checks his mail). Tell him that you are ...
by american_in_lima
Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking for storeage space in Miraflores...
Replies: 7
Views: 1081

Re: Looking for storeage space in Miraflores...

I use a guy in Villa El Salvador that has some of my office furniture and also all of my furniture for a second home in his storage facility. It is a private garage that he has, so I think he only has two or three customers. He charges me S/. 170 a month. I have had it there for 2 years. Never lost ...
by american_in_lima
Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 11148

Re: Atheist Group

So when are we going to get together? God only knows. I think it was just a ploy to get people talking quite frankly. I have a couple of athiest friends and I don't think we ever talked about God or religion once. If there is a meeting, I would love to go assuming that you guys don't discriminate b...
by american_in_lima
Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: My Final Visa Run and Four Lovely Years
Replies: 9
Views: 1371

Re: My Final Visa Run and Four Lovely Years

Great perspective on Peru. I agree about learning Spanish. It will enrich the experience more than any other thing you can do here.

Glad to hear your experiences.

"El Peru soy yo"
by american_in_lima
Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Importing a Car to Peru
Replies: 8
Views: 4582

Re: Importing a Car to Peru

Aggie: I see that you are new to the site so here are my thoughts. As some insight, I have almost been in Lima for 5 years now, so I think I get the lay of the land with the best of them here. Besides the cost, you might want to rethink the safety issue. While I am happy to have my Nissan March, my ...
by american_in_lima
Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 11148

Re: Atheist Group

I'm not in agreement with George (american in lima) that feeling vaguely uncomfortable about my way of thinking being questioned so rudely so often and wanting to talk about it with others in a group (in theory) is negative. I do understand where you are coming from George, that atheists, by sheer ...
by american_in_lima
Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 11148

Re: Atheist Group

By the way, I am not against an athiest group. I am against any group that is based on negativity. If they can have a group that is based on positive things, then good for them. It's their time on this planet, not mine. I just don't understand the following: If they all agree that God does not exist...
by american_in_lima
Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 11148

Re: Atheist Group

Not sure how or why my remarks posted three times.
by american_in_lima
Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 11148

Re: Atheist Group

I have noticed that there appear to be groups here which cover almost every conceivable lifestyle....I would be interested in forming an Atheist group and hearing from like-minded people. Let me understand this one. You want to start an Athiest group? If all members in your group agree that "G...
by american_in_lima
Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Becoming a Peruvian
Replies: 50
Views: 11314

Re: Becoming a Peruvian

I am happy and proud to report that I am now legally Peruvian. The process wasn't the smoothest, but it wasn't terrible either. Cholodiense soy, Alan The coolest thing is that you don't have to spend time or money renewing your Carnet every year. You just need to renew your DNI in another 8 years. ...
by american_in_lima
Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: NHL on TV?
Replies: 3
Views: 622

Re: NHL on TV?

Have you tried:

http://www.firstrow.net/sports/ice-hockey.html ?


It's free. I watch baseball and basketball on it all the time.
by american_in_lima
Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Botox
Replies: 2
Views: 541

Re: Botox

Scott:

Take a look at: http://www.grimmemennesker.dk/ugly-people-413.htm

Seems to do great work. :)

Just kidding......I figure you would appreciate the humor.
by american_in_lima
Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Baseball playoffs?
Replies: 5
Views: 730

Re: Baseball playoffs?

No need to leave your house for really any sporting event.. I watched the World Cup, American football, NBA and now the playoffs. It's free as well. http://www.firstrow.net/ To make things more comfortable, I bought myslef a HDMI cable to hook up my Plasma to my laptop so that I can watch the game f...
by american_in_lima
Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Excellent Cleaning Lady Available
Replies: 6
Views: 2025

Re: Excellent Cleaning Lady Available

Hello After 3 great years in Lima we are moving to the UK. Unfortunately our cleaning lady (Yulie) cannot come with us. If anyone is looking for someone to come to their house to clean, iron and cook I cannot recommend her enough. Yulie is a wonderful person who is extremely honest and hard working...
by american_in_lima
Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Disturbing twitter account, affects EXPATPERU.com
Replies: 48
Views: 7631

Re: Disturbing twitter account, affects EXPATPERU.com

I recently had a twitter person follow me and I clicked on his twitter account to see who it was. There was no contact information and for those of you who do not know twitter, there is usually a little photo or icon used as an identity. The photo looked like a collage and I almost dismissed it but...
by american_in_lima
Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian citizenship question
Replies: 6
Views: 939

Re: Peruvian citizenship question

Tom: I got my citizenship little more than a year ago. You can't be out of the country more than 6 months at a time or you will lose your Carnet and you will have to start your two year countdown all over again. As long as you follow that rule, you can come and go as you want. The first year of my c...
by american_in_lima
Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Difference between Cusquena and Cristal? Beer tasting...
Replies: 11
Views: 2754

Re: Difference between Cusquena and Cristal? Beer tasting...

Any country in the whole wide world is able to produce better beer than the USA. Coming from the Holland/Belgium/Germany area, I'm perhaps too spoiled. Having lived in Europe for more than 8 years, (England, Spain and France) I can appreciate your comment about beer in Europe. I am an avid beer dri...
by american_in_lima
Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Voting
Replies: 9
Views: 1456

Voting

I voted for the first time as a Peruvian. Pretty cool. Did anyone else vote today?
by american_in_lima
Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting a Peruvian Driver's License?
Replies: 29
Views: 4512

Re: Getting a Peruvian Driver's License?

George. Thanks for the info re Carnet v DNI when applying for your Peruvian driving license. With that in mind I went today to make inquiries, as my application for citizenship is already lodged. I only need to take the written exam, and I can take it in English. I bought all the rule books and exa...
by american_in_lima
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Voting in the Elections on October 3 with your Carnet
Replies: 13
Views: 1101

Re: Voting in the Elections on October 3 with your Carnet

I am excited to vote. I work and live here like everyone else. To be able to voice my opinion by voting is one of true intrinsic democratic values to people who live in the free world.
by american_in_lima
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:49 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: tattoos
Replies: 6
Views: 2541

Re: tattoos

I am a fan of tattoos even though I don't have any. I was looking into getting one two years ago, but found out if you have a tattoo in Peru, then you can not donate blood. In the end, I never went through with it for that reason.

Is that true?
by american_in_lima
Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Voting in the Elections on October 3 with your Carnet
Replies: 13
Views: 1101

Re: Voting in the Elections on October 3 with your Carnet

Watch out and don't go and vote too early. If your voting table has people missing, they'll pick the first one(s) to arrive as subs to spend there the whole day. Great tip! I am an early bird but will make a point not to get there early. I have heard that the best time to vote is around 1-2 p.m. si...
by american_in_lima
Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Voting in the Elections on October 3 with your Carnet
Replies: 13
Views: 1101

Re: Voting in the Elections on October 3 with your Carnet

Another good reason for not getting a CE. You get hassled all the time and have to engage in things you don´t wont if you get a CE. Euroman: At the end of the day, not having your papers in order and living off a tourist visa can only hurt you as you are a guest in Peru even if you own property and...
by american_in_lima
Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Opening a bank account - soles or dollars?
Replies: 19
Views: 3631

Re: Opening a bank account - soles or dollars?

We just arrived this week. Went to Interbank on Jose Pardo near Vivanda our first day here and with just a US passport and driver's license, opened both dollar and sol accounts (joint accounts). No problems. Pleasant bank personnel. Signed out names a lot of times. Took about an hour. After the hug...
by american_in_lima
Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Voting in the Elections on October 3 with your Carnet
Replies: 13
Views: 1101

Voting in the Elections on October 3 with your Carnet

Dear Friends: Not sure if my fellow expats were aware of this, but if you have had your Carnet for more than 2 years in Peru, you are allowed to vote in Municipal and Regional elections. I do not know anything more that what the law states so if you need to figure out where to vote or what the proce...
by american_in_lima
Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Opening a bank account - soles or dollars?
Replies: 19
Views: 3631

Re: Opening a bank account - soles or dollars?

The only problem is the exchange rate the banks charge. The dollar is toast. So is the US economy. Unemployment is at 20-25%. Basically, the corporations have taken over the US government -- especially the Senate and Presidency -- which is by definition fascism.... 25% percent unemployment accordin...
by american_in_lima
Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Hilton Hotel in Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 1334

Re: Hilton Hotel in Lima

Alan wrote:I am particularly happy about this latest piece of news since the new Hilton hotel in Lima is only 2 blocks from our Spanish school "El Sol" (http://www.idiomasperu.com).


What street will it be on?
by american_in_lima
Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting a Peruvian Driver's License?
Replies: 29
Views: 4512

Re: Getting a Peruvian Driver's License?

I am actually going through the process now. I decided to sit through educational driving classes for three nights instead of taking the written test in order to save time studying. I have been driving for 20 years. Normally, I would be fine driving with my international license in Peru which I have...
by american_in_lima
Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:01 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: MURDER
Replies: 13
Views: 2274

Re: MURDER

On Friday, afternoon, two blocks from where I live, they murdered a businessman at 3 p.m.in the afternoon in San Isidro. Scary to be honest. http://elcomercio.pe/noticia/641322/velan-restos-empresario-arequipeno-asesinado-marcas Yeah, that whole "marcas" thing has become a new way for new...
by american_in_lima
Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: HELP needed with chop meat PLEASE HELP!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 3341

Re: HELP needed with chop meat PLEASE HELP!!!

750 gramos de carne molida con 250 gramos de sebo bien mezcladito.


"750 grams of chopped mieat with 250 grams of "fat" well mixed together"....that is sort of the translation..hope that helps.
by american_in_lima
Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: HELP needed with chop meat PLEASE HELP!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 3341

Re: HELP needed with chop meat PLEASE HELP!!!

Hi I love hamburgers, meat loaf and meatballs. I buy chop meat from Wong and it just does not cook like the chop meat I use to buy in NY. I season it the same but it comes out dry or a different taste than I am use to. Does anyone know why this is? Do you know where to buy chop meat like in the USA...
by american_in_lima
Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Centro Comercial without money
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: The Centro Comercial without money

I just got back from visiting the new Centro Comercial at Angamos with Marsano in the San Borja/Surquillo area. It is beautiful. A giant Saga, a Giant Sodimac, a giant Tottus, Starbucks, crepes, just about anything you need.....except CASH. Almost none of the business except the big 3 accept credit...

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