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by SilverbackPeru
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10645

Re: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live

I do love the nicer parts of Lima with it's modern apartments, nice parks but these are just tiny pockets in a city of ten million everything outside of those pockets is rubbish although there's no difference between Lima in that respect with places like Manchester which is a ugly place as well. bu...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10645

Re: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live

The hard thing about living in Lima is the ugliness of the place. Mass unfinished concrete hell holes with metal bars sticking out of the buildings, poor brick work with random bricks sticking out of walls for no reason. The badly wired cables across the streets, then there's the rubbish!!! God i h...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10645

Re: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live

I'm a but harsh on Peru but maybe the problem is I always judge Peru on Lima which unless you have money is just one horrible place to live. I've been to places like Chiclayo and couldn't see that being much better either but Arequipa and Huaraz seemed a lot more laid back but they both still have b...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10645

Re: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live

I also hardly disagree with what our Govs had done in Europe - however it is not a solution to go to a country where the gov just has no idea about anything, like in Peru. I bet "those people" do not come to South America, but if one day they come, the peruvian gov won't even be able to p...
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10645

Re: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live

6. Peru seems to grow with more than 5% a year, while for example in Holland the news just proudly announced they are growing an astonishing 0.5% ! Developed countries grow at lower rates as they are fully developed where as undeveloped countries have more room for growth so when things start to go...
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10645

Re: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live

Here comes my view on this country.... ok if you want to paint your reality beautiful stop reading here please. :D Why you should NOT live in Peru: 1. daily practice: try to get from Surco to Miraflores at 9am, or from Miraflores to Surco at 6pm... you see what I mean? Come on, this is really NOT n...
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10645

Re: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live

6. Peru seems to grow with more than 5% a year, while for example in Holland the news just proudly announced they are growing an astonishing 0.5% ! Developed countries grow at lower rates as they are fully developed where as undeveloped countries have more room for growth so when things start to go ...
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Surviving in Peru
Replies: 15
Views: 3753

Surviving in Peru

The subject of the cost of living and jobs usually comes up regularly in this forum and as someone that has lived in Peru for over eight years I have enough experience to know that Peru can be a very unforgiving place to live with the low wages and high costs of living. It can be a good opportunity ...
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?
Replies: 32
Views: 3917

Re: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?

I can understand why some people would not want to learn the language of a country they have moved to. I think this vision that all people around the world are the same is very wrong and living abroard in different countries can only highlight just how culturally different some people can be. Not on...
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Latin America is better than Europe for..
Replies: 12
Views: 1595

Re: Latin America is better than Europe for..

Yeah there is definitely more get togethers family wise in Peru but i think the biggest problem i found was a total lack of community in Peru. All socializing is done within the family generally and in my experience of Lima each neighbourhood lacked focus points for people to freely meet. In the ri...
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Latin America is better than Europe for..
Replies: 12
Views: 1595

Re: Latin America is better than Europe for..

As someone who spends most of my time working nights and dealing with night time trade I have to strongly disagree with the idea that people in party more in Latin America as well, i wish we did party less here as it would make my work a lot easy but I've yet to see anything in Miraflores or Barran...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Latin America is better than Europe for..
Replies: 12
Views: 1595

Re: Latin America is better than Europe for..

One thing i really like about Peru is how close the family is and how often they get together for dinners etc. This is a subject that my wife has mentioned before about the difference between the two cultures. Shes definitely right about just how close Latin families and she has said that she thinks...
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Housing Prices
Replies: 32
Views: 4442

Re: Housing Prices

I've lived in 9 different countries and in all but 3 of them, I've lived in the national capital. As housing prices go only San Jose Costa Rica in Asuncion Paraguay we're less expensive than Lima. the other cities, namely Madrid Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile were significantly more expensive. ...
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru isn't a cheap country.
Replies: 17
Views: 2768

Re: Peru isn't a cheap country.

Yep I have to agree on all of that. The cost of living against wages is just insane in Lima, I really have no idea how the average Peruvian manages to survive. I wouldn't say the wages are 20% higher but definitely around 10% in Europe although it's not as easy to get by here either compared to the ...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru at 53 in list "The Best & Worst Places for Expats in 2016"
Replies: 22
Views: 4585

Re: Peru at 53 in list "The Best & Worst Places for Expats in 2016"

Usually most of the expats are retired for these sites, so they look for somewhere peaceful and cheap. Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but cheap it is not, so that's probably why it hasn't done so well on the list. Mexico has places like Lake Chapala near Guadalajara...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Housing Prices
Replies: 32
Views: 4442

Re: Housing Prices

Thank you guys for the input on my question. Is the construction really that bad? Even in the modern type of houses/apartments that I go to that have the beautiful granite countertops? Back in the states I am aware that everything is made out of wood but I can get a house with multiple acres for a ...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Housing Prices
Replies: 32
Views: 4442

Re: Housing Prices

Yeah the house prices compared to local income is just bonkers when you remember that the average income per family is just $600 to $700 per month in Lima. Lima especially is really weird compared to other places I've been to in say Europe as the distribution of wealth is usually better spread acro...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Housing Prices
Replies: 32
Views: 4442

Re: Housing Prices

They are very good at designing nice modern apartments They look good but the quality is bad. Many suffer from mould. And the single glazing isn't keeping the noise from the street out. And after a few months, those new buildings are cover in smog looking like they are 50 years old.[/quote] Yeah I ...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Housing Prices
Replies: 32
Views: 4442

Re: Housing Prices

Yeah the house prices compared to local income is just bonkers when you remember that the average income per family is just $600 to $700 per month in Lima. Lima especially is really weird compared to other places I've been to in say Europe as the distribution of wealth is usually better spread acros...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to find squash (drink)?
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: Where to find squash (drink)?

Here you have Tang or Zuko .. Almost the same https://www.wong.com.pe/FO/supermercados/index.go?search=2&caip=20 Look for 'Refrescos Instantáneos' Probably even safer than the Squash from the UK, with Zuko you know at least for sure you are drinking sugar with artificial coloring.. http://www.d...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to find squash (drink)?
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: Where to find squash (drink)?

I don't think they squash in Peru. I've never seen it while i was there.
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Gringos hitting up gringos on the streets for cash
Replies: 15
Views: 1954

Re: Gringos hitting up gringos on the streets for cash

Well there would always be plenty of people who posted on here who would make it sound like a dream location, usually because their pension would buy more than what it would in the States. If your not particularly skilled then Peru is a difficult place, hell it can be a difficult place for even skil...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Gringos hitting up gringos on the streets for cash
Replies: 15
Views: 1954

Re: Gringos hitting up gringos on the streets for cash

I don't know about the job part, it's difficult in Peru to make a decent wage to survive, especially if you don't know Spanish. Even more so if you don't have a degree. You just need to go to the job posts on here and the other expat based site to see how poor the wages are on the advertised posts. ...
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to get embroidered Polo Shirts
Replies: 8
Views: 946

Re: Where to get embroidered Polo Shirts

You have to be careful in Gamarra with quality also. Sometimes you come out with a bargin but other times you can end up with stuff that won't even last one wash.

The dye can run from textiles in Gamarra so wash seperately on the first wash so that you don't destroy other clothing.
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Questions regarding the Peruvian culture
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Re: Questions regarding the Peruvian culture

Alan makes a good point about the trades not being respected. It's like everyone desires to be something better or important and building trades are looked down upon. Yet it's these trades that mean you have nice houses, functioning water supply and electric etc. Maybe if the building trades were mo...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Questions regarding the Peruvian culture
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Re: Questions regarding the Peruvian culture

FDiH basically got a lot of the things right although it definitely doesn't apply to everyone. Peru is a country which is greatly effected by class and education. The higher classes you will find to be very cosmopolitan, but they can be EXTREMELY conservative. There is a lot of etiquette involved in...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: HELP!!--Expat Info Needed!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 789

Re: HELP!!--Expat Info Needed!!!

Knowing how bad the wages can be and how expensive it is to have a reasonabily modern lifestyle like the one you left behind in your home country. Only move for work if you already have the job. Research where you want to live and the cost of living in that area. There are some really nice neighbour...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?
Replies: 32
Views: 3917

Re: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?

Between two and three also. Never been able to afford the extremely high Spanish lesson prices and had very few people to practice Spanish with, so my Spanish is very poor.

Back home working now trying to save up a few grand to take some sort of Spanish lessons when i return.
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Gringos hitting up gringos on the streets for cash
Replies: 15
Views: 1954

Re: Gringos hitting up gringos on the streets for cash

Yeah I've had the South African woman ask me for money last year. She told me she had gotten the bus from ecuador into Lima at Plaza Norte and then was robbed at gun point by the taxi driver who was taking her from Plaza Norte to Miraflores. She said she needed money to get back to Ecuador as Peru d...
by SilverbackPeru
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What type of car brand is recommendable
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Re: What type of car brand is recommendable

Have to agree on the Toyoto suggestion. Toyoto tend to be very low maintenance and just keep going.
by SilverbackPeru
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: CLARO - SUCKS!
Replies: 5
Views: 874

Re: CLARO - SUCKS!

I gave up on internet in Peru years ago. As said in an earlier comment, they have you over a barrel why should they care. Saying that I gave up on anything working in Peru as well, from repairmen fixing stuff properly, to tv listings on cable tv actually showing the correct program, to inrernet, to ...
by SilverbackPeru
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lima Transportation system (split from: If you import your car what is the duty.)
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Re: If you import your car what is the duty.

I beg to differ Peru's transportation system is excellent. If you ride the buses in peak hours sure they are packed just like any other city. Ride in non peak hours. If a bus is packed wait a few minutes and there will be another. Taxis are a great option never more than a few soles to drive across...
by SilverbackPeru
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: If you import your car what is the duty.
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: If you import your car what is the duty.

What is the duty you must pay to import a car into the country?? My car is only worth $5,000. Is it worth it to ship it from the USA? Unless it has sentimental value, then I say sell it and use the money on other things like bus & taxi fare or dining out. Peru has a fabulous, inexpensive and su...
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Transporting goods to Peru/Moving/Visas
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: Transporting goods to Peru/Moving/Visas

Mattresses and bedding go up in different sizes from single, double, queen to king size. You'll be able to find bedding that fits accordingly. You can buy all of this from the main western style home centres/department stores but expect to pay western prices. Alternatively you can go to Casa Hogar a...
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Large clothing...
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: Large clothing...

Just get it hand made is the best option. There's plenty of places where you can get this done. (I can't remember the name, maybe another forum member will help) but there is a huge market in the centre of La Victoria where you'll find textile merchants and tailors. Just get what ever you want made ...
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Large clothing...
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: Large clothing...

Your best option is just to do all your clothes shopping in your home country when you visit or order the clothes online and have a family member post the clothing to you in Peru. I totally gave up on trying to find clothes i liked that fitted in Peru and have just done the above ever since. The bes...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: La Republica, La Crema and Allianza
Replies: 4
Views: 1016

Re: La Republica, La Crema and Allianza

You'll find with Alianza Lima and Universitario that people from all over Lima will follow them regardless of their back ground but saying that Universitario are supposed to be the team the the more wealthy follow. Alianza Lima was a team that was formed by servants and workers of the rich elite, th...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Photograph Enlargements
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: Photograph Enlargements

There's a few photography shops on Calle Porta in Miraflores just down from Parque Kennedy.
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Delivery Boy
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: Delivery Boy

Well i don't think it would be worth doing in Peru when you consider the price of buying a vechicle or motorbike in Peru. The pay is usually just a little over 700 soles a month and the hours usually long. You'll have to consider expenses like business drivers insurance and vehicle up keep. A person...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Where can i find a job in Lima?
Replies: 14
Views: 2455

Re: Where can i find a job in Lima?

Yes, still looking for a decent pay job in Lima.. What I have learned here in Lima is that people find jobs because of networks either of friends that are in a company and spread the word or as they say here, " Tengo un pata o te voy a pasar el cv de un conocido". Fortunately,in the US pe...
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Four bedroom house for sale - San Borja
Replies: 7
Views: 1071

Re: Four bedroom house for sale - San Borja

Asking US$545,000 (negotiable). :shock: That's a California price tag. It's just the standard rate for a house in some of the better off barrios of Lima. I suggest you go to adondevivir.com to just browse through some of the insane housing prices Lima has. Some of the 3 bedroom apartments in La Mol...
by SilverbackPeru
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Four bedroom house for sale - San Borja
Replies: 7
Views: 1071

Re: Four bedroom house for sale - San Borja

Asking US$545,000 (negotiable). :shock: That's a California price tag. It's just the standard rate for a house in some of the better off barrios of Lima. I suggest you go to adondevivir.com to just browse through some of the insane housing prices Lima has. Some of the 3 bedroom apartments in La Mol...
by SilverbackPeru
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Which options do I have?
Replies: 6
Views: 703

Re: Which options do I have?

The overstay fee is $5 per day now. I would stick to the law as mentioned in a previous comment.
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Forum area of Expatperu
Replies: 8
Views: 1392

Re: Forum area of Expatperu

I think it's just the way technology is changing. As Alan said, a lot of people now use facebook instead. I had someone who works in communications tell me that forums will unfortunately end up going the way of the Dodo as facebook pages take over due to social media being the more popular way to sh...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Citizenship now only in 2 months
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Re: Peruvian Citizenship now only in 2 months

lol just spotted that mistake! Corrected now!:P
by SilverbackPeru
Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Citizenship now only in 2 months
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Re: Peruvian Citizenship now only in 2 months

Does anyone know how long it takes between applying for citizenship and actually getting it?
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Discount airline coming to Perú in 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: Discount airline coming to Perú in 2017

Yeah you have to love the European budget airlines! You can even get flights for free if the location is wanting to promote tourism, i remember that was the case with Pau in France for a while.

Your average flight cost to mainland Europe or Scandinavia can be as little as £20!
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Was Offered Job - How to tell if it's legit and a socially responsible company
Replies: 4
Views: 851

Re: Was Offered Job - How to tell if it's legit and a socially responsible company

You need to check out what tours the company does. If it's trekking etc in Colca Canyon or local volcanos then you should be checking to see that the companies guides are all fully qualified and have the right Certificates. They should have certificates from the Associated Mountain Guides of Peru an...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Level with me about moving to Peru?
Replies: 18
Views: 2302

Re: Level with me about moving to Peru?

The worse thing with teaching is that due to Lima's traffic you will spend most of the day travelling to get to lessons. Leaving the house at 6 am and returning back at 8 pm means you might only teach four lessons within that day. You can do a lot better with online teaching where you can do as many...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: My top 5 cravings from my home country
Replies: 18
Views: 2387

Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

Yeah suet does sound bad but it's amazing, especially when mixed with floor in English dumplings! Think of it like being a kinda pizza dough texture which you roll into tiny balls and put into stews until they come out all fluffy and soft with a bit of that dough texture to it! It's a shame English ...

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