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by jimuazu
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Citizenship by Marriage -- it's all changed
Replies: 53
Views: 14899

Re: Citizenship by Marriage -- it's all changed

Thank you for the details - sorry to hear that you have had so many issues. I will let you know how I get on... for those of us married to Peruvians it really should not be a huge hassle - but we are in red tape city :( I spent a lot of time - or more like it feels like I have wasted a lot of time ...
by jimuazu
Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Citizenship by Marriage -- it's all changed
Replies: 53
Views: 14899

Re: Citizenship by Marriage -- it's all changed

Note that there are problems getting Peruvian passports right now due to the introduction of biometric passports. The emergency passport office in Lima Airport is shut. There is at least a 5 day wait for new passports, or so I've heard. I guess in a few months all of this will be sorted out. To the ...
by jimuazu
Tue May 31, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Citizenship by Marriage -- it's all changed
Replies: 53
Views: 14899

Re: Citizenship by Marriage -- it's all changed

Jimuazu how about your peruvian passport? did you have any problem? No, no problem at all. Passports are not a big deal in Peru because they are just issued based on your DNI. This unlike the UK where a passport is like the only identity and nationality evidence document we have, so they have to ve...
by jimuazu
Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization by marriage (split from Naturalization Exam)
Replies: 15
Views: 2746

Re: Naturalization by marriage (split from Naturalization Exam)

Will I have to start a judicial process to have my DNI registered in these certificates? Are there any repercussions in going from a CE to a DNI? Thanks in advance. I took a load of photocopies of my CE and had them legalised before I handed it in, just in case. However I have not needed them yet. ...
by jimuazu
Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Dollar-denominated debt and the high Sol
Replies: 2
Views: 938

Re: Dollar-denominated debt and the high Sol

We have seen a dramatic drop in the Dollar versus the Sole but Peru will rack up a huge foreign debt doing so because it cannot be sustained. So I would not worry. It is the opposite of what you say. The Dollar is rising in value (internationally, not just against the sol), the Sol needs to drop in...
by jimuazu
Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:58 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru's "Chapa tu Choro" on the front page of UK's Daily Mail
Replies: 5
Views: 1374

Re: Peru's "Chapa tu Choro" on the front page of UK's Daily Mail

I believe this is a down hill run which will, if not already, spiral out of control. It has been this way for a long long time in very many areas outside of the cities. This campaign started in Huancayo, in the city, where there is at least some illusion that the police might do something. But outs...
by jimuazu
Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy Gold in Lima
Replies: 14
Views: 7222

Re: Where to buy Gold in Lima

sourish55 wrote:This is not a time for trading in gold, if any one wanna investment please try in property.


If all the lending money goes back to the US and Europe and the bubble bursts, it will not be a good time to have property you don't want to use.
by jimuazu
Mon Sep 21, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Dollar-denominated debt and the high Sol
Replies: 2
Views: 938

Dollar-denominated debt and the high Sol

I was wondering why they are pumping in billions to support the Sol artificially highly, and it struck me that they may be afraid of all the dollar-denominated debt in Peru currently being paid off with Sol earnings. For example our ex-landlady insisted on being paid in dollars because the loan for ...
by jimuazu
Mon Sep 21, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Customs rules and Laptops
Replies: 15
Views: 3939

Re: Customs rules and Laptops

I travelled out with my laptop and planned to bring it back with another new laptop. You can do a declaration of goods you're going to take out and bring back in, and I had that all filled in, but missed the office to get it all stamped (it is immediately inside the entrance to the queuing area), so...
by jimuazu
Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Being Called Fat. Sensitivity issues.
Replies: 47
Views: 13162

Re: Being Called Fat. Sensitivity issues.

I think the answer to the OP is that all those people meant well, so ignore the words and take it as it was meant (whilst at the same time ignoring their well-meant but unhelpful advice). My wife and her twin sister both have the same first name (confusing, right), but my wife was always thinner, so...
by jimuazu
Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Plug Adapter for Cusco
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Re: Plug Adapter for Cusco

Thank you jimuazu. Just so I am clear, my Magsafe adapter (power chord for mac) has 140-240v and 50-60Hz and it has three prongs. With that said, do you, or anyone else, think that there would be any problems with Peru's 220V? Since it has three prongs I feel that I may need to buy an adapter and i...
by jimuazu
Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Plug Adapter for Cusco
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Re: Plug Adapter for Cusco

For Peru in general, in my experience: US-style two-flat-prongs seems to work out best overall, although check that your appliances (if from the US) can handle 220V. EU-style two round pins can sometimes be just a little bit too far apart for some of the sockets, although can often be forced in. The...
by jimuazu
Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New to Lima - Safety concerns
Replies: 24
Views: 4127

Re: New to Lima - Safety concerns

I was robbed in Miraflores on my first day there. Just don't go where there aren't other similar people also wandering about -- I decided to walk down to the beach, going across an enclosed pedestrian bridge, which is obviously a perfect place to rob someone. Miraflores is safe once you know where n...
by jimuazu
Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy small electrical appliances?
Replies: 3
Views: 743

Re: Where to buy small electrical appliances?

The plugs are different but there are UK 3-pin adapters available in Peruvian markets (if you look). Voltage here is 220V (ish), and 60Hz (weird), but all the UK devices I've tried work fine. There are definitely things you can't get here that are worth bringing from the UK (e.g. bread makers, grain...
by jimuazu
Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: DIY Bio Diesel - looking for info/contacts
Replies: 4
Views: 792

Re: DIY Bio Diesel - looking for info/contacts

Re the earthship stuff: Passive solar is hard in Peru as we're nearer the equator, especially if you have a small lot and so need to build several floors. (If you're out in the country with good morning/evening sun, then lucky you!) So it needs a pump or fan to get the heat down. I plan to use air a...
by jimuazu
Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Remote work on tourist visa, paying Peruvians, claim expense
Replies: 2
Views: 685

Re: Remote work on tourist visa, paying Peruvians, claim expense

I am paid in soles by a UK company for remote contract work. The income is taxed in Peru as "de fuente extranjera" -- those are the key words. I have to do an annual declaration to SUNAT and pay the whole year's tax in one go. It is straightforward when you know how (and the SUNAT people c...
by jimuazu
Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?
Replies: 10
Views: 1340

Re: Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?

Thanks -- I'll check them out. That one you mentioned previously in Dean Valdivia is interesting -- all kinds of weird stuff scattered everywhere, and not all wrapped in plastic which is a blessing. In the meantime I ordered some children's books from Spain for my last visit back to the UK. Some of ...
by jimuazu
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Borderhop(ish) from Tacna to Arica
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

Re: Borderhop(ish) from Tacna to Arica

You can pay for your overstay (exceso de permanencia) at any Migraciones office -- at least that used to be the case. There is no need to leave it until the border.
by jimuazu
Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvian folk remedies
Replies: 20
Views: 2583

Re: Peruvian folk remedies

What about Coca leaves? Has anyone tried these? Definitely they are good for altitude problems. I drink the tea sometimes but find it a bit strong. But I also find coffee and tea too strong for me as a daily drink. I chewed coca once on one of the yearly visit to the graves (day of the dead) with m...
by jimuazu
Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: shipping 3d Printer to Lima from USA
Replies: 9
Views: 1701

Re: shipping 3d Printer to Lima from USA

here is the cost of my latest shipment to Peru (declared value of $1270. usd.) ship from Los Angeles to Port Callao (inc. shipping port to port, handling and ins.) $254. usd import to Peru (inc. tax, handling, unloading) $914. usd. We looked at shipping our possessions to Peru when we moved from Eu...
by jimuazu
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvian folk remedies
Replies: 20
Views: 2583

Re: Peruvian folk remedies

It is a good question. In fact, 2 questions in one. .. 1) natural medicines as uña de gato, sangre de grado, etc. 2) "superstitious" kind of medicine as "pasar el cuy" , "pasar el huevo", etc.. I only believe in the first one. But let's take into consideration that nat...
by jimuazu
Mon May 25, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: moving to Peru and finding work
Replies: 7
Views: 1803

Re: moving to Peru and finding work

Working freelance (illegally) over the internet at foreign rates might be a possibility if you can do anything like that (web design, writing, etc). Migraciones do sweeps for illegal workers now and then in Cuzco region for sure, even gringos leading tour groups -- not just restaurant/shop/craft wor...
by jimuazu
Mon May 25, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What makes a good land boundary?
Replies: 18
Views: 2773

Re: What makes a good land boundary?

What powers do a person have if someone is entering the land - do they call the police for help? The point is that if the land has someone there looking after it, then people will not normally confront them. However a piece of land that looks like no-one has visited for a while -- that means to the...
by jimuazu
Mon May 18, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights
Replies: 23
Views: 3570

Re: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights

I think we are having a failure to communicate well. [...] But the orperating carrier is responsible for seat assigments and if you couldn't do it on web check in, just call and they will do it by phone. There was solution offered. Yes, I appreciate the suggestions, but as I mentioned, I'd already ...
by jimuazu
Mon May 18, 2015 6:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights
Replies: 23
Views: 3570

Re: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights

So connections desk checked you in, you just couldn't get seats for one of the flights. A little uncommon, but not unheard of. No, I was already checked in through the BA site (with boarding cards all the way through), just without being able to select my seats for the two flights with LAN. I alway...
by jimuazu
Sun May 17, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights
Replies: 23
Views: 3570

Re: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights

A third consideration, most silly agents do not know, is the significant carrier rule which states the luggage rules of the first international segment continues for subsequent segments if on one ticket. It might not necessarily be all on one ticket. It is worth checking with http://www.checkmytrip...
by jimuazu
Sun May 17, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights
Replies: 23
Views: 3570

Re: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights

Re the AerLingus thing -- is this a budget airline? Or a budget route for that airline? Budget airlines always seem to work on their own system, with extra for any non-hand luggage. It might be better to consider abandoning the AerLingus tickets and use some other budget airline if the luggage cost ...
by jimuazu
Sun May 17, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights
Replies: 23
Views: 3570

Re: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights

Well, I'm back. Yes, I tried all the possibilities online. LAN.com didn't let me choose the seats for my LAN flights, I guess because BA was supposed to be in charge of that, the first leg being with BA. The LAN connections desk in Madrid couldn't get me a better seat for the Lima flight (it was onl...
by jimuazu
Sat May 16, 2015 2:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights
Replies: 23
Views: 3570

Re: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights

I would be very happy with T-24h seat selection -- I've always got an adequate seat that way previously (over 9 years of travelling the various London-Peru routes). As I said, I called Iberia, and they said that they could do nothing because it was already within the 24-hour window and I had to do i...
by jimuazu
Fri May 15, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights
Replies: 23
Views: 3570

Check-in FAIL for One World europe flights

One World being LAN + BA + Iberia, as far as Peru-Europe flights are concerned. This always used to work -- you'd get a code-sharing flight with one of the other airlines and you could check in the whole thing online and reserve all your seats. But on my recent trip it didn't work at all. Going out,...
by jimuazu
Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 105 hectares.. what would you do ? eco-town ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1394

Re: 105 hectares.. what would you do ? eco-town ?

The Centre for Alternative Technology at least is not too far from a town for children's education. (I have many happy childhood memories from visits to CAT, incidentally.) That's what would bother me in the case of being 3 hours from the nearest town, my responsibility to my children. For parts and...
by jimuazu
Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Coming through customs--probably a dumb question
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: Coming through customs--probably a dumb question

I am an American female coming to marry my male fiance and live and work in Lima. So the consensus is that I should ask for 183 days and not mention the fact that I'm emigrating? After the wedding I will get my foreigner card so I can work. Yes, just keep it simple to avoid complicating the matter....
by jimuazu
Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?
Replies: 10
Views: 1340

Re: Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?

I haven't seen that one, no, although I do know the street. I can see it on Google Street View. We'll take a look next time we're in the centre -- thanks!
by jimuazu
Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: NZ to Arequipa
Replies: 8
Views: 819

Re: NZ to Arequipa

thanks jimuazu. we have been thinking that we might need to stay somewhere for a few weeks when we first arrive while we find a more permanent place to live. we have read that most places advertise their rental apartments on a sign board as opposed to websites. The Sunday edition of the Arequipan &...
by jimuazu
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: NZ to Arequipa
Replies: 8
Views: 819

Re: NZ to Arequipa

We have just moved to Arequipa from another part of Peru for our children's education. We took the approach of staying in an Apart-Hotel near the centre for a month to give us time to find our own place to live without the need to deal with agents at a distance. A month is expensive at S/190 a night...
by jimuazu
Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Issues with searching internet in Peru.
Replies: 6
Views: 828

Re: Issues with searching internet in Peru.

Also, if you use Google with site:pe before the search term, that limits results to just those with a Peruvian domain. Not that that helps much when the sites aren't out there ... but anyway.
by jimuazu
Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Issues with searching internet in Peru.
Replies: 6
Views: 828

Re: Issues with searching internet in Peru.

Not many businesses in Peru are on the Internet, and if they are it is often a 'show' page (flash animation) and not much else. For specific things, I have the following useful links: Deltron, computer wholesaler. If you can find it in Deltron, your local computer dealer can probably order it for yo...
by jimuazu
Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reasonable health insurance?
Replies: 19
Views: 3334

Re: Reasonable health insurance?

We've managed up to now with NO insurance and making individual appointments with various private doctors whenever necessary. A consultation is usually about 50 soles with a good doctor -- at least it was in Huancayo. All our children's vaccinations have been at the basic medical post (MINSA), which...
by jimuazu
Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?
Replies: 10
Views: 1340

Re: Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?

Yes, we will be here for a good few years. I'll look out for the larger book fairs. Thanks.
by jimuazu
Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?
Replies: 10
Views: 1340

Re: Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?

Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately I found almost nothing. Most hopeful was "Libreria El Lector" on San Francisco cuadra 2, a place full of studious and serious-looking people. The children's section was tiny, though, with a selection of Tintin books, the annotated Hobbit, an intere...
by jimuazu
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?
Replies: 10
Views: 1340

Re: Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?

There are a few in the town center that seem to be good sized but I can't speak to the quality of their offerings. I'll ask around. Thanks! (Incidentally the one we found in Miraflores (Lima) was this one: http://www.carolylibros.com/ , tucked away on some minor street out of the centre. The websit...
by jimuazu
Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?
Replies: 10
Views: 1340

Good Spanish-language booksellers in Arequipa?

In particular I'm looking for good quality children's books in Spanish. Coming from the UK and being used to British+US children's literature, what is available in Spanish seems terrible. To me if I'm going to inspire a love of reading in my children, then the books should ideally be enjoyable to me...
by jimuazu
Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Experiments in Peruvian traffic control
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: Experiments in Peruvian traffic control

Huancayo has lots of traffic lights and people wait. It still jams up in the centre in the morning and evening, though. The traffic police target the worst parts to try and keep things moving. I'd be interested in them trying stuff like "merge alternately from left and right", where two st...
by jimuazu
Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: IDIOTS GUIDE
Replies: 32
Views: 5412

Re: IDIOTS GUIDE

Check this page if you haven't already: http://theultimateperulist.blogspot.com/2008/12/6c-marriage.html Requirements are always changing, so you have to double-check everything, but at least you'll have an idea of what to check and ask about. (The whole business of Apostilling documents is new sinc...
by jimuazu
Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: IDIOTS GUIDE
Replies: 32
Views: 5412

Re: IDIOTS GUIDE

Does anyone know a good place in Lima, to get my Birth Certificate translated from English to Spanish? There is a list of official translators on a noticeboard just inside the entrance of the Peruvian Foreign Ministry. (Since you'll be needing the ministry to stamp it soon afterwards, best use thei...
by jimuazu
Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why no receipts?
Replies: 17
Views: 1434

Re: Why no receipts?

I had the terrible experience of renting a new apartment and giving 2 months security. When I gave notice and moved out, the owner told me the entire 2 months security was needed to repair. I took excellent care with the apartment. The only issue was the paint was fading as I cleaned so much. Our l...
by jimuazu
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do Peruvians really care?
Replies: 10
Views: 1168

Re: Do Peruvians really care?

Followthesun wrote:How did Britain solve this problem?


Stuff like this: http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/
by jimuazu
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:42 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do Peruvians really care?
Replies: 10
Views: 1168

Re: Do Peruvians really care?

In the villages it is the same. When they clean, the rubbish is often dumped in the river. This was fine before plastics when everything was biodegradable. I guess Peruvian society has not adapted yet to the technological advances in modern materials and their appropriate disposal. Also, you need to...
by jimuazu
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why no receipts?
Replies: 17
Views: 1434

Re: Why no receipts?

They will sign a paper that I paid my rent, but nothing official - why? Our landlady does give us copies of her SUNAT tax payments on our rent, and that is just as well because when I do my SUNAT yearly declaration they ask me how much rent I'm paying and to whom. Then I can honestly answer without...
by jimuazu
Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Marriage Process Follow Up
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: Marriage Process Follow Up

Very many people in Peru separate the religious and municipal marriages, sometimes by ten years or more! (Effectively the second marriage works like a renewal of vows.) We are married at the municipalidad, but not married religiously. A religious marriage has no legal force as I understand it. Peruv...

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