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by SilverbackPeru
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

The problem is he WILL be known as something - and this is a problem by itself in Peru. Once people perceive you as non-local you are always a kind of target. The only way to avoid higher risk in Lima is to look as an average, poor, not worth to be robbed Peruvian. Another half-truth. As a foreigne...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10389

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

I have to admit I'm not a fan of Last Menu restaurants. Definitely over priced for what you get even if you are only paying 6 soles. The Chinas offer best value for money. Yep agree there, but they can be a bit of a luxury item when you are on a Peruvian wage and having to eat like a Peruvian. My b...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the best countries to live
Replies: 79
Views: 4563

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

No it was just a tiny bay surrounded by cliffs with some restaurants just behind the cross on Chorillos hill.
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the best countries to live
Replies: 79
Views: 4563

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

Does Google street view even register the thousands of kilometers of roads criss-crossing Peru? I have no idea but I can promise you -- speaking from personal experience traveling by car throughout Peru -- that you will find an entire network of good driveable roads, many which are paved, or at lea...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

The problem is he WILL be known as something - and this is a problem by itself in Peru. Once people perceive you as non-local you are always a kind of target. The only way to avoid higher risk in Lima is to look as an average, poor, not worth to be robbed Peruvian. Another half-truth. As a foreigne...
by SilverbackPeru
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

unless he has bad luck and his GF is from SJL or La Victoria.... I'm not very informed about the state and safety of all the different districts in Lima. But she told me she lives near metro station Villa Maria. then you have bad luck... this is one of the lowest social class districts of Lima. Jus...
by SilverbackPeru
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

Alan has made some great points there which are worth paying attention to. The problem with forums is a user will usually give you advice which is based on their experiences, some can be overly negative, others overly positive. I tend to be a bit negative when giving people advice because I think it...
by SilverbackPeru
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

The threads gone off topic and I guess I could be part of that but to the OP you should check out urbania.pe. It's a housing webpage for Peru. Aquiler means rent. Just have a flick through and this will help you get an idea of rental prices. You can also go through the rental page on this sites foru...
by SilverbackPeru
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

In regards to the quality of products I strongly disagree with this theory that Peruvians don't want quality goods. You just have to take into account that the wealth is very divided here. That well off part of Peruvian society wants good quality products and are more than willing to pay for it. You...
by SilverbackPeru
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

Wages depends on who you are.. I do not want to mention how much money I got per month, but it is over the average of any European country. In Peru depends on your capacity to make money and work hard. In US and Europe almost everything is done, there is no niche markets. while in Peru there is a l...
by SilverbackPeru
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

Magdalena in videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec9Mjdipap0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCqbTesGMGU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IMGQ2XkoZk Yep I've got an in law that lives a few blocks from the church with the giant dome. There is some nice blocks in each of those neighbourhoods and ...
by SilverbackPeru
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

DutchPat, It is very interesting to compare the cost of living in Rotterdam vs Lima. I have chosen the cost of living of a group of traditional middle class district in Lima (San Miguel, Magdalena, Jesus Maria, Lince, Pueblo Libre.. ). They all are located in a very central part of Lima with nice p...
by SilverbackPeru
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

Cost of living in Netherlands same as Peru ? Some questions to the OP : What city you are living now ? Could you provide some data about the cost of living in Netherlands ? food (daily meals, fruits, vegetables, etc), transport (taxis and buses), fuel, gas, electricity, tap water, cellphone, intern...
by SilverbackPeru
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

Cost of living in Netherlands same as Peru ? Some questions to the OP : What city you are living now ? Could you provide some data about the cost of living in Netherlands ? food (daily meals, fruits, vegetables, etc), transport (taxis and buses), fuel, gas, electricity, tap water, cellphone, intern...
by SilverbackPeru
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima
Replies: 80
Views: 4334

Re: Options for a bachelor graduate in Lima

Basically as stated you'll need to be able to speak fluent Spanish first if you want to get a job that pays enough for you to survive in Lima so you need to work on that. You could do an intensive course on arrival which will really help. Living in Peru is extremely tough unless you get a job in nat...
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10389

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

Starbucks coffee costs same here as in more developed countries, but should I worry? I've been to many expensive cities and the issue is that you pay the tourist price, so saying I can get a cheap small indian meal home vs. some fried garbage for same price here in Lima, is not fair, as you've live...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the best countries to live
Replies: 79
Views: 4563

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

I use to live in La Molina. I would recommend it to anyone as you avoid most of Limas problems. It's a lot quieter, lots of nice parks, pretty, sun most of the year rou nd, less traffic. It's extremely safe. Downside is the commute to Miraflores can take well over two hours in a car during rush hour...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the best countries to live
Replies: 79
Views: 4563

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

I'm not Lima's biggest fan but there is a few on Alan's list I would agree makes Peru good. I do like how you can go to a variety of different types of bars in Miraflores. There's Jazz clubs, Brazilian or Columbian bars as well as some nice cliff top restaurants and other places that over a view ov...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the best countries to live
Replies: 79
Views: 4563

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

La Molina would close Raul Ferrero on sunday mornings for cycling but even then there are some good cycle paths to use. The roads around the lake, Las Dunas and Sol de La Molina are usually pretty quiet off the main traffic routes and you can easily walk around there without worrying about the typic...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the best countries to live
Replies: 79
Views: 4563

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

I couldn´t agree more regarding nature. If you live in Lima, you really don't have "nature" right outside your door. It's one of the things I miss the most about life in Canada. There is a shortage of nice public spaces overall. But here is another positive... the weather in Lima is prett...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the best countries to live
Replies: 79
Views: 4563

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

In no particular order: I really enjoy the chance to see live traditional music and dance here. Everything from a tiny neighborhood peña with musica criolla, to small jazz clubs, to larger shows with andean music or salsa shows. The dancing culture is great, too... Marinera, musica negra, watching ...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10389

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

There's a lot of good points about living in Peru, but the cost of living isn't one of them. Just as an example, a place I pass while working most days is on the market. Six bedroomed house Alpine style house, two living rooms, three bathrooms, one study and a large garden on the market for £370'00...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10389

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

There's a lot of good points about living in Peru, but the cost of living isn't one of them. Just as an example, a place I pass while working most days is on the market. Six bedroomed house Alpine style house, two living rooms, three bathrooms, one study and a large garden on the market for £370'000...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10389

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

The plague of iron bars and poor brick work can be an eye sore to any Peruvian urban area, even in the more well off parts of the city you will find someone who wants to avoid paying more tax by saying his home is still not complete. It would be nice if the better districts actually brought in a tax...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Could driver less cars succeed in Peru?
Replies: 9
Views: 1635

Re: Could driver less cars succeed in Peru?

I'm not sure what percentage of the work force are taxi drivers in Lima but imagine putting them out of a job. It won't affect employment because all those taxi drivers will stay in the car but will be guarding it instead of driving it. A driverless car will be stolen in a second. Good point. I sti...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Price Boom is Over !!!
Replies: 23
Views: 3263

Re: The Price Boom is Over !!!

I never understood how any of these house prices were acceptable at the time. $450,000 is way too much money for a three bedroom apartment in Lima I always thought. But what can you do, people were willing to pay those prices. I don't think the economy is going to crash as it's more diverse now but...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Surviving in Peru
Replies: 15
Views: 3715

Re: Surviving in Peru

It takes money to make money, and that is more true in Peru. If you have money, Peru is an excellent growing market that has great opportunities for wealth expansion. As one friend said when I got here, (and excuse the crassness, but these were his literal words): "Everyone in Peru is trying t...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Surviving in Peru
Replies: 15
Views: 3715

Re: Surviving in Peru

Yeah that is very true. Peru really is two worlds. Easy if have the right skills, hell if you don't. The good thing about home is even if you have no skills (like myself) you can still do pretty well. I'm working with lots of Polish, Romanians, Chinese and Iranians and they all say how easy it is to...
by SilverbackPeru
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10389

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

If the housing market were to crash it wouldn't be the cost of the houses that is the problem. Most people can only afford to pay for these houses if they are working in mining. If all of a sudden the mining industry dries up due to a lack of demand from say China then people lose their jobs. It wou...
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Surviving in Peru
Replies: 15
Views: 3715

Re: Surviving in Peru

toughrider wrote:As you can speak English, you can go to the hotels and hostels. They often look for receptionists.


They really don't pay much money for you to survive here. You'll be lucky if you get $400 a month, I'd be amazed if you got $500.
by SilverbackPeru
Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Decent Internet in Lima near La Molina?
Replies: 33
Views: 2978

Re: Decent Internet in Lima near La Molina?

If you are in La Molina you will have no problem with getting the best internet service you can find in Peru. Unfortunately as stated in the last comment the providers only have to provide you with 10% of the amount stated in your contract. It's just going to be a fact of life that even the best int...
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10389

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

I am not entering in to a debate with anybody who has such a narrow vision, but to reinforce Fanning's input, I can confirm I have experienced little change in the cost of living in Peru over the last ten years. As a major example the account with My local Municipal has shown an increase over this ...
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The rules of Used cars in Peru
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: The rules of Used cars in Peru

Well a new car in Peru will also be a mess, coz you have also to service it. No matters new or used. And you will have the same crap mechanics working on it. So, it will devaluate even quicker. Usually the car brand sales rooms have a garage for repairs and will have mechanics who will do a good jo...
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The rules of Used cars in Peru
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: The rules of Used cars in Peru

My wife always use to question why I always had a second hand car and never a new one when we were living in England. The answer was simply, cos I can buy a perfectly fine car for £1000 that will get me to work and bar for the next 5 years and not have to waste £10,000 to £15,000 on a brand new car ...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Price Boom is Over !!!
Replies: 23
Views: 3263

Re: The Price Boom is Over !!!

I never understood how any of these house prices were acceptable at the time. $450,000 is way too much money for a three bedroom apartment in Lima I always thought. But what can you do, people were willing to pay those prices. I don't think the economy is going to crash as it's more diverse now but ...
by SilverbackPeru
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Could driver less cars succeed in Peru?
Replies: 9
Views: 1635

Re: Could driver less cars succeed in Peru?

I wouldn't think it would be a smart idea for driverless cars in Peru. Not because of how bad the traffic is but because of how much unemployment it would cause. I'm not sure what percentage of the work force are taxi drivers in Lima but imagine putting them out of a job. Probably increase in crime ...
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do you keep from being bothered by locals?
Replies: 12
Views: 1480

Re: How do you keep from being bothered by locals?

Yeah it was a regular thing for companies like Taxibeat drivers to try and over charge me if I was picked up from Park Kennedy. You even showed them the price on the app on your phone and they would still ask for 5 soles more. Don't get me started on repairmen and builders though! lol At the end of ...
by SilverbackPeru
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do you keep from being bothered by locals?
Replies: 12
Views: 1480

Re: How do you keep from being bothered by locals?

Basically in Peru you have only these options: 1) never show any wealth here, keep your money outside of Peru I don't think even that works tbh as I was always flat broke and struggling but it never stopped people from pestering me for cash endlessly. Getting over charged for everything was also a ...
by SilverbackPeru
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I think Peru is one of the worst countries to live
Replies: 132
Views: 10389

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

Another example from a peruvian friend this week: his baby was born with 7 months, now she needs to be in the incubator for at least 4 more weeks. The hospital just told him: you have to pay daily rent for the incubator OR we switch it off.... THIS IS PERU. got it? A terrible story. Bloody cold hea...
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: 10389

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: 10389

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: 10389

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: 10389

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: 10389

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: 10389

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: 10389

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: 3715

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: 3854

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: 1559

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: 1559

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...

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