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by amylimena
Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: American Elementary Teacher Seeks Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1010

Re: American Elementary Teacher Seeks Advice

Hi Mike, I managed to get a job as an elementary teacher at an international school here with 0 years of experience. However, I think I was very lucky and it was under special circumstances. Many schools are strict about experience and certification, but some tend to be more lenient if they are in n...
by amylimena
Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Barranco Beer Company - new microbrewery
Replies: 0
Views: 1066

Barranco Beer Company - new microbrewery

I just had some great beer at Barranco Beer Company, a new microbrewery. The place is huge with many tables and all their equipment where they brew their own beer. Right now they have three beers on tap...a lager, an ale and another one that I can't remember. It was pretty cheap at 12 soles a chop a...
by amylimena
Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Tahini and yellow lemons
Replies: 10
Views: 2306

Tahini and yellow lemons

I just made some super good hummus from the tahini and lemons that I finally found in Lima! The tahini is in a jar and the lemons are just like from back home...not those weird yellow/green hybrids you sometimes see. I got the tahini in the gluten-free section of Wong and the lemons in Vivanda near ...
by amylimena
Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Caral by rental car? by taxi?
Replies: 17
Views: 2788

Re: Caral by rental car? by taxi?

There is an area that goes along a cliff and only has one lane so it can be dangerous if there is fog. I decided, however, to take the longer route over the hill instead. This way was safer even if it added a half hour to the driving time. When you are approaching Ancon look for the turnoff to the a...
by amylimena
Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Caral by rental car? by taxi?
Replies: 17
Views: 2788

Re: Caral by rental car? by taxi?

I did the trip once in a rental car and it was fine. I got the cheapest one (Toyota Yaris) and it worked just fine. The only part that's not paved highway is about 30 minutes at the end where it's a dirt/gravel road but if you go slowly a regular car can handle it just fine. It took a lot longer tha...
by amylimena
Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hotels in Bogota
Replies: 5
Views: 4178

Re: Hotels in Bogota

I used Air BnB when I went to Bogota in January and it was perfect. After making the reservations, the owners left the keys with the doorman and everything was extremely easy. They left notes with the wifi password and taxi companies and are available 24/7 if you need something. I highly highly reco...
by amylimena
Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Opening an American style BBQ place in Los Olivos, Lima
Replies: 43
Views: 8033

Re: Opening an American style BBQ place in Los Olivos, Lima

I went out to The Pork Pit last night and can definitely recommend it! I brought my Peruvian boyfriend, his family and a fellow American and we all enjoyed it. The flavor of the sauce was excellent...the perfect amount of spice. The mac and cheese and col slaw were awesome. The owners were very frie...
by amylimena
Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Donating clothes and stuff?
Replies: 5
Views: 838

Re: Donating clothes and stuff?

Thanks for the responses! I'll give El Refugio a call and I actually live very close to the Good Shepherd church so maybe I'll go ask around over there.

Thanks again!
by amylimena
Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Donating clothes and stuff?
Replies: 5
Views: 838

Donating clothes and stuff?

Hi everyone, I've searched around a bit but can't seem to find any info about this. I've got some time off work and have been using it to purge my apartment of clothes I never wear anymore, stuff I never use, etc... A lot of the stuff is in halfway decent condition so I definitely don't want to just...
by amylimena
Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:21 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Yoga/meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 2097

Re: Yoga/meditation

I go to Lima Yoga and I love it. They have three studios in Miraflores (my personal favorite is the one on Schell). Here's their webpage: http://limayoga.com/

They have just started doing meditation classes there as well!
by amylimena
Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Places to Eat Great Salads
Replies: 17
Views: 2209

Re: Places to Eat Great Salads

I love the salads at Tanta...they are huge and fill you up. Also Pardos has pretty good salads! Don Mamino has good ones that are similar to San Antonio's. And last but not least La Gran Fruta has three new ones that are quite good. :)
by amylimena
Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Spice List English/Spanish
Replies: 36
Views: 11376

Re: Spice List English/Spanish

Super helpful, thanks!!!
by amylimena
Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking to play Soccer/Football
Replies: 2
Views: 593

Re: Looking to play Soccer/Football

I have a few friends that play on a team of mostly expats...they are called the Lima Kiteflyers and here's the website: http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/thekitefly ... 36065/Home

I think the season is about to end but they would be a good place to start.
by amylimena
Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lady Gaga
Replies: 16
Views: 2854

Re: Lady Gaga

I went to the show. I wasn't planning on it but my boyfriend called me at about 8:30 and told me that they were selling tickets for 30 soles at the door...I would probably never have the chance to see her again for so cheap! I had a great time. I'm not a huge fan of her music but I think she's fabul...
by amylimena
Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mailing medication?
Replies: 2
Views: 478

Re: Mailing medication?

I'm not sure on the legality of it all but my mom has to mail me my medication sometimes because my insurance doesn't cover it here. She said that when she mails it and they ask what the contents are she puts "papers and forms". Apparently this is what the postman advised her to do when sh...
by amylimena
Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:43 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Popeye's Chicken comes to Lima
Replies: 72
Views: 17228

Re: Popeye's Chicken comes to Lima

Just an FYI that there is now a Popeye's in the shopping mall where the new Wong is near Parque Kennedy (en la bajada Balta) in Miraflores. :)
by amylimena
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:02 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Papachos - gourmet hamburgers
Replies: 12
Views: 3471

Papachos - gourmet hamburgers

There's a new burger joint called Papachos on the corner of 28 de julio and La Paz in Miraflores. I tried it yesterday and it was delicious! Supposedly it's a new Gaston place but I'm not sure if it's actually his or they just paid for the name. Nevertheless, it's great! They have about 20 different...
by amylimena
Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Tahini
Replies: 10
Views: 6058

Re: Tahini

I bought the hummus that they sell at La Crocante...it was delicious but quite expensive! 28 soles for a small jar. Definitely worth the occasional splurge though!
by amylimena
Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: feeling tired
Replies: 9
Views: 2128

Re: feeling tired

chi chi wrote:
Can't be the weather for me as I like the cooler weather. Cooler than La Selva but I don't feel cold. I wear sandals and t shirt all day. Winters in Europe are much cooler.


Oh well I like cooler weather too, but I think it's the gloomy gray skies that makes me sleepy more than the actual cold!
by amylimena
Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: feeling tired
Replies: 9
Views: 2128

Re: feeling tired

I think it's the season change in Lima! When the weather starts to become gray and gloomy every day, all I want to do is go home and get under my covers. Usually I enjoy going out after work or going to an exercise class, but when it's cold and gloomy all I want to do is get in my pjs and watch TV o...
by amylimena
Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: driving/commuting to school
Replies: 12
Views: 1558

Re: driving/commuting to school

I live in San Isidro and work about 5 minutes away from Roosevelt. If I leave my house at 6:45-6:50 I can get to work in 10-15 minutes. If I leave closer to 7 or after 7 it can take a half hour or more. The traffic on Javier Prado (the main road that connects San Isidro and that Roosevelt is off of)...
by amylimena
Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Euro 2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1679

Re: Euro 2012

They open 15 minutes before kick off...today's England/France game is at 11am so they'll open at 10:45.
by amylimena
Sun May 27, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: AFP comparison
Replies: 11
Views: 2391

Re: AFP comparison

I was with Integra but then switched to Horizante because supposedly they are known for helping international workers get their money out when they leave the country in less than two weeks. I know lots of people who have left Peru and years later still haven't got their money from Integra. Also if y...
by amylimena
Sun May 13, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hello and where can I buy a woman's swimsuit ??!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2880

Re: Hello and where can I buy a woman's swimsuit ??!!!!

There are two water sport shops that have one piece swimsuits on Av Conquistadores in San Isidro. One is called Aquasport and it's at Conquistadores 805 and the other one is about half a block up on the same side of the street. I found Speedo swimsuits up to size 38 at Aquasport.
by amylimena
Wed May 02, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What's Different and Not too Costy?
Replies: 30
Views: 8484

Re: What's Different and Not too Costy?

I second El Enano! It's one of the few places I've found that makes kiwi juice. Another place that is different and much cheaper than other sushi options is Wasabi (http://www.wasabi.com.pe/). It's owned by the same people who own Hanzo...it is the cheaper and more kitschy version. You pay 45 soles ...
by amylimena
Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a kayak in either lima or Iquitos
Replies: 4
Views: 1301

Re: Buying a kayak in either lima or Iquitos

In Lima there is a place in San Isidro called Aquasport. The address is Av Conquistadores 805...a few blocks up from the Ovalo Gutierrez. I went in there recently and saw they had kayaks and all sorts of boats and things for water sports. Here's the website too: http://www.aquasportperu.com/
by amylimena
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Amazon Kindle in Peru
Replies: 2
Views: 1276

Re: Amazon Kindle in Peru

I saw the Kindle Fire at Saga for a ridiculous 1,500 soles...more than double the actual price!

Check mercado libre...they seem to be more reasonable on there: http://listado.mercadolibre.com.pe/kindle
by amylimena
Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I found rootbeer!
Replies: 3
Views: 955

I found rootbeer!

Hi everyone,

I was very excited to find A&W rootbeer in cans at the Wong in the Ovalo Gutierrez. It had been awhile since I had it!
by amylimena
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Stolen passport and carnet
Replies: 6
Views: 1066

Re: Stolen passport and carnet

Thanks everyone. I already have my copy of the report from the tourist police...I will try to get some copies made to have them ready. Does anyone know how long it will take to get my new passport? I was on my way home from the airport in a taxi and at a stoplight on Av La Marina one guy came to my ...
by amylimena
Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Stolen passport and carnet
Replies: 6
Views: 1066

Stolen passport and carnet

Hi everyone, I got robbed last night on my way home from the airport and among the things stolen were all my forms of identification including my US passport and carnet de extranjeria. Has anyone had this happen? What are the steps to getting both documents back? I assume I have to start with the pa...
by amylimena
Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What private schools would you recommend?
Replies: 21
Views: 3664

Re: What private schools would you recommend?

I always hear great things about some of the "alternative" schools if you would be interested in those. I have many Peruvian friends who have graduated from them and have gone on to do great things. The tuition rates tend to be lower there as well. There is one in Villa (Chorrillos) called...
by amylimena
Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Unique Christmas gifts?
Replies: 13
Views: 1997

Re: Unique Christmas gifts?

Cool, thanks for all the great ideas!

Any idea where to get some of these things such as the ekekos or the Andean tree skirts?
by amylimena
Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Unique Christmas gifts?
Replies: 13
Views: 1997

Unique Christmas gifts?

I am going home for Christmas and want to bring my family something other than the usual chullo or alpaca blanket. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for Peruvian gifts that aren't the usual things you find in polvos azules or the Inca Market. I found some cool lotions and things in Peruvian fl...
by amylimena
Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Chocolate
Replies: 9
Views: 1915

Re: Peruvian Chocolate

Check out Guanni Chocolates: http://usa.guannichocolates.com/guanni/peru.html

They just opened on Conquistadores cuadra 9 in San Isidro, about two blocks up from the Ovalo Gutierrez. They sell fancy (and expensive) chocolates that have Peruvian ingredients like pisco, aji, camu camu, quinoa, etc...
by amylimena
Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New Mexican Restaurant
Replies: 50
Views: 13867

New Mexican Restaurant

I just got back from a delicious meal at Burrito Bar in Barranco. It's a small place with a simple menu but really tasty! It reminds me of the burrito joints back home...kind of similar to the chain Chipotle. The burritos actually come in large flour tortillas that are rolled and then wrapped in alu...
by amylimena
Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Independent Volunteering
Replies: 9
Views: 2284

Re: Independent Volunteering

If you have any interest in volunteering with deaf children send me a PM!
by amylimena
Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hair and humidity.
Replies: 9
Views: 2891

Re: Hair and humidity.

Has anyone had the opposite problem? I used to have really thick hair, it was even quite curly! After nearly 4 years of living here my hair has lost all of its volume...it's thin and barely wavy. Anyone have this happen? To contribute to the OP's question...the hair salons often have a serum that th...
by amylimena
Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian restaurants in Denver and San Francisco
Replies: 16
Views: 2364

Re: Peruvian restaurants in Denver and San Francisco

The Mission in SF also has food street fairs every once in awhile that sell Peruvian food. My mom called me the other day to say she was eating some "taco taco" haha. If you go a bit east of the city, you can find many Peruvian restaurants that are a little cheaper than La Mar. Whenever I ...
by amylimena
Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Buying tea in Lima
Replies: 8
Views: 4127

Re: Buying tea in Lima

Cool, good to know!

There's another specialty tea shop in Chacarilla in the centro comercial called La Quinta Esencia. It has tons of tea and a cool bookshop with random books and yoga mats for sale. :)

http://www.quintaesencia.com.pe/teashop.html
by amylimena
Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Think I'm going to up and move..
Replies: 11
Views: 1584

Re: Think I'm going to up and move..

Hi! I literally did the exact same thing you're thinking of doing. I studied abroad in 2008 for 4 months and absolutely fell in love with Peru...(plus I had met a boy too...that helps :) ). I went back home for 1 month after studying abroad and decided that I wanted to go back to Peru...and here I a...
by amylimena
Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Vegetarian Eating
Replies: 15
Views: 4328

Re: Vegetarian Eating

Guru Kebab and Curry on Benavides in Surco (one block past the ovalo Higuerta) is my favorite restaurant in Lima and it has plenty of vegetarian options! It is Indian and Pakastani food and everything about it is amazing: the food, the service, the drinks. I highly recommend it!
by amylimena
Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Psychologist and/or psychiatrist recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 799

Psychologist and/or psychiatrist recommendations

I searched the posts and found a few responses to this question but they seemed pretty old so I thought I'd see if anyone had any current information. I've been seeing both a psychologist and psychiatrist at a place called Psicosalud...I chose it because my health insurance (Pacifico) recommended it...
by amylimena
Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Japanese Grocery & Kitchen Products
Replies: 3
Views: 2157

Re: Japanese Grocery & Kitchen Products

Try Super Nikkei! Ave. Conquistadores 238 in San Isidro. I've been in there a few times to pick up things like miso for soup and rice for sushi. Hope that helps!
by amylimena
Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tarapoto to Kuelap?
Replies: 2
Views: 1347

Re: Tarapoto to Kuelap?

Thank you for the information! I guess I'll have to decide if I want to use this trip to see Kuelap or Tarapoto...it seems I won't have enough time to do both. Thanks again!
by amylimena
Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Medication
Replies: 1
Views: 366

Re: Medication

It's quite easy to get those kinds of medications and some pharmacies will give them to you without a prescription. If you get the brand names (in this case Celexa) it can be about 250 soles a month. There are, however, many generic versions of the medications that are half the price or less.
by amylimena
Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tarapoto to Kuelap?
Replies: 2
Views: 1347

Tarapoto to Kuelap?

Hi everyone, I am going to Tarapoto for 4 nights and 5 days and was wondering if that would be enough time to take a trip to see Kuelap. I know it's kind of hard to get there...has anyone ever gotten there from Tarapoto? Is it worth doing or should I just enjoy my time around Tarapoto? Is Gocta acce...
by amylimena
Thu May 26, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Craft beers in Lima??
Replies: 25
Views: 10200

Re: Craft beers in Lima??

In Vivanda it was about 8 to 15 soles for a 625 ml bottle...like sbaustin says it depends on the beer.
by amylimena
Wed May 25, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Craft beers in Lima??
Replies: 25
Views: 10200

Re: Craft beers in Lima??

The Vivanda on Libertadores in San Isidro (and possibly other Vivandas too) has started selling some of the imported beers that Chez Phillipe sells. They don't have them in the beer section but rather on the tables of imported foods that are near the cheese and ham counter. They are about half the p...
by amylimena
Mon May 23, 2011 10:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Music classes
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Re: Music classes

I forgot to mention that it can be in either English or Spanish...no preference!
by amylimena
Mon May 23, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Music classes
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Music classes

Anyone have any recommendations for music classes or music teachers, preferably close to San Isidro? I play the piano and miss it a lot since I don't have one here. I can't go out and buy a piano to practice on but I can buy a guitar or cajon or a less expensive instrument. I tried taking classes at...

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