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by lizzym
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lawyer needed
Replies: 1
Views: 546

Lawyer needed

Hi, I am a US citizen currently living in the US with my child who was born in Lima, with a Peruvian father, and she has dual nationality. I am planning a vacation abroad this summer (in about 2 months) and recently realized her US passport will expire a few weeks before we are set to travel. I am h...
by lizzym
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Exportation ranking was the biggest in S.America and 3º in the World
Replies: 11
Views: 2447

Re: Peru Exportation ranking was the biggest in S.America and 3º in the World

Trump isn't correcting any kind of situations, hopefully we'll correct that "situation" sooner rather than later lol Also this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ks3i49M6BY :( It's a shame that any rare bright spots in Peru's progress, if you can call it that, never translate into bettermen...
by lizzym
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: V-people; obey the laws or leave!
Replies: 26
Views: 5278

Re: V-people; obey the laws or leave!

I was pregnant for nine months in Lima. I was shoved to the side and told that a 40-ish woman in stilettos deserved the seat more than me at 6 months pregnant. I got on lots of full buses at 8 and 9 months pregnant, where I had to stand because they were totally full (ok) and was shoved and elbowed ...
by lizzym
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How is Lima these days?
Replies: 7
Views: 2095

Re: How is Lima these days?

I lived in Lima from 2010-2015, so it's been a few years since we left. But I had the experience of living in places as diverse as Comas, kilometro 11 de Tupac Amaru, where you won't see a foreign face, to Los Olivos where my daughter was born, and finally to Chacarilla in Surco. I entered the count...
by lizzym
Tue May 30, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: AFP Fund Withdrawal
Replies: 1
Views: 1366

AFP Fund Withdrawal

Hi all, I was an extranjera living in Lima for several years, and contributed a decent sum to an AFP during my time there. I'm now back in the US and wondering how I can access those funds as someone far below the retirement age. As with all things, I know there has to be a way, even if it's only a ...
by lizzym
Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:59 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cultural Peculiarities
Replies: 3
Views: 883

Re: Cultural Peculiarities

Omg seriously? I lived there five years and all of those things were gathered within the first year, plus some.

Much ado about nothing. I mean, they're not particularly interesting either. "Oh! It's different than my country!" That wears off in the first year too. Come on, guys.
by lizzym
Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity
Replies: 13
Views: 1910

Re: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity

Also, I'm sorry but your "multiculturalism vs. multiracialism" comment is just stupid. I have to call it like it is. You say that multiracialism is ok, but multiculturalism is problematic (in a less articulate way, but I think that's what you were getting at.) And this, of course, either i...
by lizzym
Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:10 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity
Replies: 13
Views: 1910

Re: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity

While it is true that a maid can be treated unfairly her treatment can improve. A maid is performing role within Peruvian society. If she abandons this role and she can become more integrated.Her status consists of race+class. She can leave her old job,dress better and learn Spanish. In contrast, in...
by lizzym
Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity
Replies: 13
Views: 1910

Re: In Praise of Lima: Cultural vs Racial Identity

Where you see "integration", historical reality suggests colonization and (ethnic) imperialism. Where you see "segregation" in the modern US, you fail to see a long history of inherently unequal segregation and oppression with manifestations that persist to this day in every part...
by lizzym
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru's Wall of Shame
Replies: 8
Views: 4233

Re: Peru's Wall of Shame

The photo with the red line also mixes up SJM and Surco. Anyone who has seen either or both areas can spot it: it identifies the SJM side as the one with winding streets and cul-de-sacs, green areas, more spaced-out houses with pools, and empty land between the wall and homes for much of the stretch...
by lizzym
Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Updated driver's license info
Replies: 1
Views: 416

Updated driver's license info

Hey guys, So things changed at the last minute and it looks like I'm staying for at least a few more years. I'm looking for updated info on getting a driver's license in Lima. (A search here got me outdated info or stuff that wasn't relevant.) Just bought a car, naively took it out for my daughter's...
by lizzym
Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Leaving Jan. 1st - Selling everything!
Replies: 13
Views: 2019

Re: Leaving Jan. 1st - Selling everything!

Hello all, So here's what is left, with asking prices: Dining table and chairs - S/.500 living room table that could be used for a tv - S/.300 coffee table and end table - S/.500 (both) stove/oven - S/.500 refrigerator - S/.500 everything in the baby's room besides the crib bedroom dresser and mirro...
by lizzym
Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Leaving Jan. 1st - Selling everything!
Replies: 13
Views: 2019

Re: Leaving Jan. 1st - Selling everything!

Stacey, I sent you a PM.
by lizzym
Fri Dec 12, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Leaving Jan. 1st - Selling everything!
Replies: 13
Views: 2019

Re: Leaving Jan. 1st - Selling everything!

OK here are some pics as promised. It looks like the washer and dryer have already been claimed, but what is shown in the photos is still available. Pics of other things to come.. https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5crHPT6enLLSUlGWVVBdDcySUU&usp=sharing (Please let me know if the link does...
by lizzym
Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Leaving Jan. 1st - Selling everything!
Replies: 13
Views: 2019

Leaving Jan. 1st - Selling everything!

Alright, here's what I tried to post earlier today that didn't work: So it looks like it's that time to start selling all of my furniture, appliances, etc. before leaving the country January 1st. It's a daunting task, and I've procrastinated, occupied with a million+1 other things, but it must be do...
by lizzym
Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Amigos it has come to the attention of the team
Replies: 32
Views: 5232

Re: Amigos it has come to the attention of the team

That being said, I have no idea what a proxy account is, or how to get an anonymous address, so this probably isn't relevant to me. Just sayin' .. I was pretty frustrated today, and would still like to get my furniture sold. I'll try posting again now that this account works again. :roll:
by lizzym
Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Amigos it has come to the attention of the team
Replies: 32
Views: 5232

Re: Amigos it has come to the attention of the team

I don't know if this is affecting anyone else, but I had to create a new account today because something weird was happening and I couldn't log on with this one (I'm kind of relieved that I can now, because that de-complicates things a bit.) I tried posting two things this morning -- during a rare f...
by lizzym
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A very important question
Replies: 7
Views: 1169

A very important question

Guys, a very important question: Does anyone know if Stove Top Stuffing exists in Lima? I swear I saw it once at the Wong on Benavides like 4 years ago. I've never seen it since, anywhere, and there's a hole inside of me that needs to be filled with cheap box stuffing. Thanksgiving is in 2 days!! Pl...
by lizzym
Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Autorización judicial para salir del pais
Replies: 5
Views: 1105

Re: Autorización judicial para salir del pais

I just wanted permission to visit my parents for a while and let my daughter meet them (and let them meet their grandchild.) Nothing about moving aborad for years or kidnapping or court processes in the US. I just meant from a family court in Lima where we live. :-/ Anyone have experience with reque...
by lizzym
Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Autorización judicial para salir del pais
Replies: 5
Views: 1105

Autorización judicial para salir del pais

Hello all, I am wondering if anyone has any experience in obtaining a judge´s authorization to travel abroad with a minor. I would like to visit my parents and take my daughter (born in Peru) to meet them, as she has never met them before. Her father does not want to sign the permission, and I plan ...
by lizzym
Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Labor Ministry
Replies: 32
Views: 2608

Re: The Labor Ministry

Do you really expect people to believe that major employers in Peru pay cash under the table or break the minimum wage rules? The international, bilingual colegio that I just got out from under pays lots of people under the table. It took me a full year to realize that they did not intend to do thi...
by lizzym
Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: No more schengen tourist visa for peruvians ?
Replies: 50
Views: 8220

Re: No more schengen tourist visa for peruvians ?

We fail to look at the the other side of the coin sometimes. It is true that many Peruvians and South Americans go to Europe and remain there illegally and do unlawful things, but the same thing happens here. Europeans/Americans caught with drugs or living here on tourist visas and working as teach...
by lizzym
Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: buses in lima
Replies: 11
Views: 1634

Re: buses in lima

If your Spanish is not great (and it will need to be to understand the cobradores) then you'll need to know the basic layout of major streets in Lima to read the sides of the buses and figure out your route on the spot. If you realize after a bus passes that you could have taken it and gotten to whe...
by lizzym
Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lost my trust in Lima
Replies: 29
Views: 3298

Re: Lost my trust in Lima

Just had the opportunity to read lots of newspapers on a trip to the border this week and, if it's any consolation, you're certainly not alone. Almost every other article was about the worsening security situation in Lima (personal and business), how the people have basically given -- and continue t...
by lizzym
Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Race, and funerals
Replies: 19
Views: 2251

Re: Race, and funerals

it is not only idiotic

it is "huachafo" :shock:

(homework for you guys to learn the meaning of that word :wink: )


Ha, one of the students on my school bus went to great lengths to explain that term to me. Good word to know, and useful too ;)
by lizzym
Tue May 14, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A used bookstore?
Replies: 28
Views: 5228

Re: A used bookstore?

but as far as I can gather, there's not a lot of demand. the odd tourist turns up, leaves an old copy of his holiday book and takes something else. Naturegirl, I would personally provide the business that you need. If I found a bookstore closer to my apartment that did not have ridiculous prices fo...
by lizzym
Tue May 14, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A used bookstore?
Replies: 28
Views: 5228

Re: A used bookstore?

Books are way too expensive in Lima, so any talk of over-pricing books for profit is just a little silly. On the other hand, the children's book market is one which you won't see being affected as quickly by digital publishing as with books for older people. Parents know that there's value to holdin...
by lizzym
Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 3 Americans beaten, robbed, and held at gunpoint in Peru
Replies: 69
Views: 12260

Re: 3 Americans beaten, robbed, and held at gunpoint in Peru

There is a huge difference in telling the natives to be more western and demanding human and civil rights and human dignity be respected. And where exactly does that line exist -- where you say it does? Please, by all means, tell me what kind of change I'm allowed to expect from your average Limeño...
by lizzym
Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 3 Americans beaten, robbed, and held at gunpoint in Peru
Replies: 69
Views: 12260

Re: 3 Americans beaten, robbed, and held at gunpoint in Peru

In case anyone is tempted to go there, suggesting that a foreign woman who doesn't like being harassed on a daily basis just leave the country and "go home" is tantamount to suggesting that women do not leave their houses at night, do not wear make-up or dresses, and do not leave at all un...
by lizzym
Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 3 Americans beaten, robbed, and held at gunpoint in Peru
Replies: 69
Views: 12260

Re: 3 Americans beaten, robbed, and held at gunpoint in Peru

Philipc4u59 wrote: If "brave/intelligent" people don't attempt to CHANGE the attitudes/beliefs of a country; we still would: 1. Believe the world is FLAT! 2. Believe the sun revolves aroud the Earth! 3. Believe tomatoes are POISON (I love tomatoes)! I could spend days on incorrect attitud...
by lizzym
Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Help find a place for a new mom
Replies: 17
Views: 2686

Re: Help find a place for a new mom

Here's an apt that I just came across. It's maybe a little far for your expectations, but really he's just not realistic to expect a mother taking care of a newborn to singlehandedly afford a decent apartment in Miraflores. Be that as it may, I wish you the best of luck. http://lima-lima.olx.com.pe/...
by lizzym
Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: quinoa too expensive for poor in Peru
Replies: 13
Views: 2790

Re: quinoa too expensive for poor in Peru

What if the government just subsidized it for Peruvians, or only poor Peruvians? They give out papilla - a super healthy baby food - and rice, oil, soy beans, etc. to mothers without resources. Quinoa is one of the best things to give a baby (my daughter loves it), they should do the same with quinoa.
by lizzym
Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:41 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Original oil painting for sale, Peruvian artist
Replies: 1
Views: 718

Original oil painting for sale, Peruvian artist

Hi Expaters, My boyfriend is selling one of his paintings, pictured below. It's an original oil on canvas, 75 cm x 76 cm. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please send me a message so that he or I can get in contact with you. If you would like to buy it but are not in Lima, we can also ...
by lizzym
Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Help find a place for a new mom
Replies: 17
Views: 2686

Re: Help find a place for a new mom

Have you considered a different district? We had a studio in Surco when I was pregnant -- the nicer areas are very residential and quiet. And you can definitely find at least a one-bedroom apt within your budget. You might keep an eye out for an apt inside of a house, usually on the second or third ...
by lizzym
Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: San Isidro
Replies: 14
Views: 1393

Re: San Isidro

They say that about Austin,Texas too! But what they don't talk about is Texas is infested with scorpions, rattlesnakes, fire ants, crazy raspberry ants, cockroaches on steroids, killer bees, mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, tarantulas, brown recluse spiders, love bugs, swarming crickets, copperheads, c...
by lizzym
Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Phone cabin business
Replies: 4
Views: 1031

Re: Phone cabin business

lol yeah, I didn't think so. I just saw someone selling four cabins + computer + virtual recarga service inside a municipal office for 3k soles. So I was curious what kind of side income something like that might bring in. One day I'm sure I'll take a chance on some small business like that just for...
by lizzym
Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 3 Americans beaten, robbed, and held at gunpoint in Peru
Replies: 69
Views: 12260

Re: 3 Americans beaten, robbed, and held at gunpoint in Peru

Personally I don't and would never blame the victims. What's strange that I heard now at least five different stories of what really happened: one for the poster of this thread, one from the blog of the victims, one from Comercio, one from a friend at Peruvian police and another one from someone fr...
by lizzym
Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Phone cabin business
Replies: 4
Views: 1031

Phone cabin business

Hey guys, just curious -- does anyone know how much income a phone cabin business might bring in monthly (say, with 4 cabins and a mobile recharge service)? Input other than ChiChi saying it will make you a millionaire with the lifestyle of a multi-millionaire would be appreciated. :D If anyone has ...
by lizzym
Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Yellow Panties?
Replies: 1
Views: 520

Re: Yellow Panties?

Everything is yellow for new year's - including panties - for good luck. And there's no embarrassment in giving someone a gift of yellow panties either. Actually, there's no embarrassment about them at all. Last year my bf and I were out walking and I stopped to marvel at the tons of yellow panties ...
by lizzym
Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:47 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: American & Peruvian Relationship
Replies: 31
Views: 3878

Re: American & Peruvian Relationship

Also, I remember when I first came to Peru, that my boyfriend got a call early in the morning from some guys saying they had his brother and they were going to hurt him if he didn't send money. The tip off was that they said they caught him when he was leaving from a discotec. He was 13 years old at...
by lizzym
Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: American & Peruvian Relationship
Replies: 31
Views: 3878

Re: American & Peruvian Relationship

The kidnapping comments, however, were some of the most ridiculous I've ever read. It might not compare to Mexico City, but it does happen and it is a concern for many business people and other high-profile figures in Lima. One guy in my apartment building who is apparently very successful in trans...
by lizzym
Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: HOW MUCH WILL IT COST...
Replies: 30
Views: 4636

Re: HOW MUCH WILL IT COST...

Peru has a high import tax, add to that the cost of shipping and vehicle inspection fees. where does all this tax money go? who knows.


Ah that would explain it. .. well that sucks :roll:
by lizzym
Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: HOW MUCH WILL IT COST...
Replies: 30
Views: 4636

Re: HOW MUCH WILL IT COST...

Was just doing my own search. Used car prices are way inflated here, just like real estate. I mean like slightly more than a tricycle from the mid '90s for upwards of $10,000. Everyone wants some of the pie, I get it. But is there like a car bubble or something? (Do those exist?) If so, I'd be happy...
by lizzym
Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Slow internet connection?
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Slow internet connection?

Hey guys, Many of you may already be aware of this, but I just heard about it this week after we moved to a new apartment and were looking for internet service. It seems there are people and even established businesses with a location and everything that offer wireless internet at your home or apart...
by lizzym
Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do these thieves at Telefonica still get away with this?
Replies: 36
Views: 6175

Re: How do these thieves at Telefonica still get away with this?

Thanks "yourfriendinperu"'s sock account! Maybe you can make up your own story about how the reason why my internet is only at 0.6 mbps upload speed when telefonica advertises it at 6 mbps is due to my ineptitude or stupidity, even though i've had my friend who's a software engineer check...
by lizzym
Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Help What are Teachers rights for holiday pay,July ,Xmas Bon
Replies: 8
Views: 1193

Re: Help What are Teachers rights for holiday pay,July ,Xmas Bon

I know that you can complain anonymously so that they do not tell the employer who is complaining, but I'm not exactly sure how that works. I just know it IS an option to protect the worker (if she is filing a general "denuncia" that says the employer is employing regular workers without l...
by lizzym
Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Help What are Teachers rights for holiday pay,July ,Xmas Bon
Replies: 8
Views: 1193

Re: Help What are Teachers rights for holiday pay,July ,Xmas Bon

As Chi Chi said, that's really common here. She and the other teachers probably were not offered contracts so that the school wouldn't have to give them the benefits that workers with contracts are entitled to, like the things that you mentioned (including the minimum wage, which her pay falls below...
by lizzym
Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Has anyone tried Thanksgiving at JW Marriott?
Replies: 23
Views: 4051

Re: Has anyone tried Thanksgiving at JW Marriott?

Since the Marriott's buffet filled up, we went with the next best thing - Como Agua Para Chocolate. I missed good Mexican food just as much as turkey and stuffing. The place was awesome, and really relaxed - quiet enough for our 9 month old to sleep through most of the meal. First margarita in almos...
by lizzym
Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Giving birth in Lima - Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 1947

Re: Giving birth in Lima - Insurance

This does not answer your question per se, but is something I would have liked to have known before giving birth via c-section in Lima without insurance.. Depending on where you go (because it might be different in other places, I don't know/disclaimer) they make you pay for everything separately. T...
by lizzym
Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Family planning & birth control in Peru. Your thoughts ?
Replies: 79
Views: 15673

Re: Family planning & birth control in Peru. Your thoughts ?

Jalapenomel, to answer your question, yes you can pick them up at any pharmacy. Our doctor recommended Supradyn Pronatal, but I'm sure there are other brands too. It's about 30 soles for a month's supply if I remember correctly.

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