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by RICHARDandNORA
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Health Insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Health Insurance

Please provide an update on the cost of health insurance in Lima area for a couple over 55 years and do you recommend just general health insurance or insurance that is associated with a single health care facility? Do typical policies cover all the cost or is it usually a "co pay" system....
by RICHARDandNORA
Fri May 18, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Costa Verde Restaurante
Replies: 1
Views: 662

Costa Verde Restaurante

From years past, my favorite restaurants in Lima were Francesco and Costa Verde. I understand that Costa Verde has been closed for a while. Can anyone verify this because if you Google them, they appear to still be active. Thanks for any information.
by RICHARDandNORA
Tue May 15, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How is Lima these days?
Replies: 7
Views: 1867

Re: How is Lima these days?

I just returned to Charlotte from Lima last week. I have been travelling to Lima since an engineering project that took place 29 years ago. I have seen many changes in the city over the years. However, I still love to spend time there in Peru. The city is clearly becoming significantly more dense an...
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Magic Jack
Replies: 7
Views: 1128

Re: Magic Jack

I have used the MJ unit in Peru for many years. It is as clear as any typical phone connection if the internet connection speed is good in both uplink and downlink speed. Most people only are concerned with download speed and in this case, both are equally important with MJ or any internet based pho...
by RICHARDandNORA
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Questions regarding culture in Peru
Replies: 6
Views: 1296

Re: Questions regarding culture in Peru

1) Americans like to keep some distance from other individuals, but Peruvians have no problem being very close and/or touching each other. Peruvians often think that Americans are rude for keeping that distance. 2) I have experienced no difference. 3) When I first arrived in Peru 20 years ago, every...
by RICHARDandNORA
Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Where are the best Pisco Sours?
Replies: 16
Views: 4969

Re: Where are the best Pisco Sours?

Having evaluated many, many over the years, my wife and I believe that the "house" variety pisco sour in the restaurant Francesco on the malecón is the best. Although a little pricey, it is in a large glass. A tu salud!!!!
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Forum area of Expatperu
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Forum area of Expatperu

Is it just my perception or does it seem that the forum area of Expatperu is much less significant as in the past. I have been logging into the forum since its beginning. A day or two ago, I could log into the Expatperu on my cell phone, but the forum list did not show, although it does today. I rea...
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cosharing workspaces in Lima?
Replies: 1
Views: 259

Re: Cosharing workspaces in Lima?

When considering internet speeds in Peru, don't only discuss download speed. Your problem will likely be upload speed for they are extremely slow. For example, a Claro 10 MB/s, typically has a .5 or .6 upload speed.
by RICHARDandNORA
Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy Gold in Lima
Replies: 14
Views: 6124

Re: Where to buy Gold in Lima

Does anyone know how to become knowledgeable regarding legally buying and maintaining gold mined in Peru?
by RICHARDandNORA
Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ideas for changes to expatperu?
Replies: 18
Views: 2156

Re: Ideas for changes to expatperu?

When logging into ExpatPeru, when I have logged into the site earlier in the day, I do not know if anyone has responded to any of the current topics. I do not wish to re-enter into the topic again to determine whether there was/were further discussion(s). It would be convenient for each of the topic...
by RICHARDandNORA
Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Taxi and reliable transportation from the Airport
Replies: 11
Views: 2907

Re: Taxi and reliable transportation from the Airport

As was mentioned in an earlier post, ensure with the driver that the price that was negotiated is in the Sol. Years ago, I picked up my son at the airport and arranged a taxi at a negotiated price. Half way to Miraflores, he stopped is a bad area and told me that the payment was to be in dollars. To...
by RICHARDandNORA
Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Best Pollo a la Brasa?
Replies: 20
Views: 6301

Re: Best Pollo a la Brasa?

Is anyone willing to share their success with the Pardos aji sauce recipe? I have been trying to duplicate the Pardos' sauce for 20 years, but I am not yet successful. I try recipes from a google search, but it is never the same.....
by RICHARDandNORA
Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc

There are many physiological needs of these three items, but if you are taking them for bone health, vitamins D3 and K2 are also needed for the absorption of calcium into the bones.
by RICHARDandNORA
Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Changing money to soles before trip?
Replies: 7
Views: 963

Re: Changing money to soles before trip?

John, I will add a few not yet mentioned issues regarding changing dollars to soles. First, the US dollars that you bring with you must be near perfect. That means, they cannot be old or worn bills, no tears or severe fold lines and no writing upon the bill. Small stamp marks are accepted. Although ...
by RICHARDandNORA
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Pan Frances
Replies: 10
Views: 4674

Re: Pan Frances

I will ask again, can anyone provide the recipe for the holey Pan Frances? I am still trying to duplicate it. Bobby, did you have any luck locating it?
Thanks.......Richard
by RICHARDandNORA
Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Return plane ticket?
Replies: 7
Views: 1634

Re: Return plane ticket?

The solution is simple. Just purchase a one way to Lima and a separate refundable return ticket of which you will cancel upon arrival...
by RICHARDandNORA
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Migraciones?
Replies: 7
Views: 1501

Re: Migraciones?

You will need to cancel your CE. After I stopped living in Lima and was just making the occasional visit, after a 9 month absence, the fact that I did not cancel the CE caused some problems. The problem was not upon arrival, but was during the departure when the delay (immigration) nearly cause a mi...
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Housing developments outside of Lima
Replies: 4
Views: 781

Re: Housing developments outside of Lima

I remember from about 2001, there was a development exiting off Panamericana that looked like a typical American subdivision with each home having a yard. More recently, I recall images of town houses built around a beautiful pool and club house. I believe this one was in or near Lurin.
by RICHARDandNORA
Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Housing developments outside of Lima
Replies: 4
Views: 781

Housing developments outside of Lima

I recall a few years ago there was discussion of several new upscale communities being built outside of Lima. One in particular was to the south of Lima and build around a pool and community center. Does anyone know how these communities are doing?
by RICHARDandNORA
Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TV content from 'home'
Replies: 19
Views: 2144

Re: TV content from 'home'

We use Dish Anywhere on a Chromecast when in Lima.
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Larger sized clothes
Replies: 3
Views: 576

Re: Larger sized clothes

Thanks, I understand Gamarra is a choice, but I am told that it is very dangerous now. Is that the case?
by RICHARDandNORA
Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Larger sized clothes
Replies: 3
Views: 576

Larger sized clothes

I realize that this topic began back in 2008, but I need an update. There is a couple who is new to Peru and the gentlemen needs to buy some larger sized clothes. Can someone provide an update regarding the best location (stores) to purchase larger sizes? Thanks.....
by RICHARDandNORA
Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Double pane insulated Windows
Replies: 4
Views: 790

Re: Double pane insulated Windows

Thank you much, however I cannot locate gaban.pe online. Can you provide an address?
by RICHARDandNORA
Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Double pane insulated Windows
Replies: 4
Views: 790

Double pane insulated Windows

We are building an open (no interior walls) 3rd story floor which will be air conditioned and we wish to install double pane insulated windows. I have seen them somewhere in Lima, but can't remember where. We have searched Sodimac and Maestro with no luck. Can someone recommend who may carry them? T...
by RICHARDandNORA
Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Should One buy an apartment now?
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Re: Should One buy an apartment now?

Thanks for your comments........
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Should One buy an apartment now?
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Should One buy an apartment now?

My wife and I are now considering buying an apartment in the Miraflores or Magdalena areas. However, I am just afraid of experiencing a loss in the event of a "bubble burst" considering that apartment prices have increased by a factor of nearly 4 over recent years. What is the prevailing o...
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: guitarist/singer looking for band
Replies: 2
Views: 800

Re: guitarist/singer looking for band

I recommend that you go to a bar in Barranco named Lion's Head and speak with the owner named Richie who is also a musician. He could provide good advice. However, he does not speak English well.
by RICHARDandNORA
Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ATM fee increase?
Replies: 18
Views: 3549

Re: ATM fee increase?

I usually withdraw $300 per event at Scotia Bank and have for years.
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Plug Adapter for Cusco
Replies: 4
Views: 1030

Re: Plug Adapter for Cusco

I have used and charged many items in Peru and it is as was mentioned earlier, if the charging transformer states voltages between 120 v and 220 v, you will be ok. However, not all will permit 220 v and for these I have a 120/220 transformer. Most power everywhere is 60 cycles per second regardless ...
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: CE and the requirement of 6 months stay in Peru
Replies: 0
Views: 435

CE and the requirement of 6 months stay in Peru

Years ago, there was a period that I spent my time in Peru without traveling outside of the country more than 6 months per year and experienced no issues with my CE. I am now and back and forth between the USA and Peru, and consequently, cannot maintain a CE. I am married to a Peruvian and now need ...
by RICHARDandNORA
Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Supervisor to manage technical office in cable design
Replies: 3
Views: 809

Supervisor to manage technical office in cable design

We are searching for a person to manage our office in Los Olivos which designs and drafts cable/fiber plant for American cable companies. It is a benefit for the individual to have some experience in the industry and be able to speak in both English and Spanish. This individual's primary focus will ...
by RICHARDandNORA
Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Married - Visa Time
Replies: 6
Views: 1626

Re: Married - Visa Time

My wife and I were married in the USA, then returned to Lima and applied for residency while in Peru. She already had a US visa for many years and it took us about 3 months to acquire the residence visa. I did all the application work myself. We were married and applied for the residence visa about ...
by RICHARDandNORA
Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Aeromexico airlines
Replies: 36
Views: 7069

Re: Aeromexico airlines

I am sitting in the concourse area of ATL typing this response. I will be departing ATL to Mexico City and connecting to LIM. I will let you know tomorrow........
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you feel danger when in the public now?
Replies: 108
Views: 17095

Re: Do you feel danger when in the public now?

The district where my wife's incident occurred was Los Olivos near the municipalidad building.
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you feel danger when in the public now?
Replies: 108
Views: 17095

Re: Do you feel danger when in the public now?

We live between Charlotte and Lima and regarding the aforementioned horrendous attacks, statically speaking, they are not that common, at least to me and my peers. Although much worse now, growing up, we often would not even lock our doors. I personally cannot remember knowing of anyone that was att...
by RICHARDandNORA
Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Will wood work?
Replies: 17
Views: 1405

Re: Will wood work?

You need to use metal studs, not wood which would be destroyed by termites.
by RICHARDandNORA
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you feel danger when in the public now?
Replies: 108
Views: 17095

Do you feel danger when in the public now?

I have not read much here about the rapid rise in robberies and violence. From decades of association with Peru, I used to tell people in the USA that people in Peru may steal (if they were hungry), but that they had no desire to physically harm you. Well, that seems to have changed. My wife was rec...
by RICHARDandNORA
Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: .77¢ Breakfast
Replies: 17
Views: 1739

Re: .77¢ Breakfast

What TonyLeslie mentioned above is commonly stated in the news and science articles here in the USA. The problem is that most people do not drink enough for it to be as beneficial as mentioned.
by RICHARDandNORA
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Corn Syrup and Vanilla for Baking
Replies: 10
Views: 1556

Re: Corn Syrup and Vanilla for Baking

The restaurant Francescos on the malecon serves a most delicious pecan pie. It is identical to the southern pecan pie except that they place some slivers of apple inside it which I believe is an improvement by displacing some of the corn syrup. My point is that corn syrup must be available in Lima o...
by RICHARDandNORA
Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Plastic bags
Replies: 11
Views: 1268

Re: Plastic bags

A Peruvian, Dr. Fernando G. Torres who is a mechanical engineering professor at Universidad Católica del Perú has a personal project of using microbes to produce biopolymers. His plastic, when placed in a trash dump, degrades in a few years instead of the 200 years for the currently used polymers. H...
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Men over 60
Replies: 6
Views: 882

Re: Men over 60

Regarding the discussion on treatments for prostate enlargement, historically, surgical treatments like TURP (there are a couple of procedures) have been the the only route for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) other than drug treatment. A treatment named Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) has now ...
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Discount vitamins
Replies: 22
Views: 1957

Re: Discount vitamins

Here is why good and various vitamins and supplements are not available in Peru. Years ago, I decided to commercially provide vitamins to businesses in Peru. By a reputable USA based supplier, I was told that Peru required several of the following documents which they could not supply: 1 Manufacture...
by RICHARDandNORA
Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Discount vitamins
Replies: 22
Views: 1957

Re: Discount vitamins

Although the OP's question was regarding availability and pricing of vitamins in Peru, I will comment on Guiri's insulting comment. I recall the following information from my study of organic chemistry at UNC. Regarding the make up of cyanocobalamin (B12), it is a water soluble compound of a molecul...
by RICHARDandNORA
Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Discount vitamins
Replies: 22
Views: 1957

Re: Discount vitamins

Many things affect the body's ability to use or absorb certain molecules. Regarding B12, the pills are placed underneath the tongue for direct absorption into the blood stream. The enzymes and acid in the stomach destroys the B12 molecule when swallowed. Even if people eat a good diet, as people age...
by RICHARDandNORA
Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lounges/Romantic Restaurants
Replies: 5
Views: 818

Re: Lounges/Romantic Restaurants

My wife and I enjoy Restaurant Brujas and their associated lounge..........
by RICHARDandNORA
Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: House sitting
Replies: 1
Views: 470

House sitting

Is it common in Lima for someone to "house sit" a home? Is this dangerous for the owners of the home regarding losses? I would appreciate any information on the subject that is available.

Thanks,
Richard
by RICHARDandNORA
Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Poverty in Peru
Replies: 51
Views: 4367

Re: Poverty in Peru

This is a very interesting discussion. I have had an association with Peru for twenty some years. From this association, I offer my opinion. I do appreciated the many positive aspects of Peru. The difference of opinion expressed here is what one's definition of poverty is. You will not see starvatio...
by RICHARDandNORA
Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Pan Frances
Replies: 10
Views: 4674

Re: Pan Frances

Wow, potassium bromate, this chemical is potentially dangerous if it is not degraded by the baking heat. However, if this is what makes the rolls hollow, I do like them. But, I hope that it is not what makes them hollow.
by RICHARDandNORA
Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Panhandlers
Replies: 11
Views: 1175

Re: Panhandlers

It appears to me that there has been a gradual decrease in street beggars compared to my first entry into Lima 22 years ago. However, they do still exist. I will only donate if the individual appears to be unable to care for themself, such as a very old lady.......
by RICHARDandNORA
Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Pan Frances
Replies: 10
Views: 4674

Re: Pan Frances

Thanks for the recommendation, but I have followed these recipes for years and I have not yet found one that results in the same bread. My largest problem is creating the hollow center. I believe that it is over proofed, but can't duplicate this characteristic. At some point, someone will provide th...

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