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by Sergio Bernales
Tue May 26, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Titicaca
Replies: 6
Views: 1871

Re: Titicaca

Sorry, stayed in a budget place that was nice a few years ago. Don't know how much it's changed. I've put the address below just in case. http://www.qelqatani.com/ If you want something nice, you probably can't go wrong with the Libertador. There's also a couple of Casa Andina and I've heard the Cas...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue May 19, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: moving to Peru and finding work
Replies: 7
Views: 1634

Re: moving to Peru and finding work

Sadly, your options are very limited. Unless you're sponsored by a company in Peru, plan to invest $25,000 in your own business, or you marry a Peruvian, you'll find it difficult to get a work visa. Reputable schools, multinational companies and mining companies are the most common employers, althou...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue May 19, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Border crossing expiring visa
Replies: 2
Views: 1169

Re: Border crossing expiring visa

It's going to depend on which country, which border and what documentation from SOAT your friend has. Countries like Ecuador will be suspicious that you're trying to import the car for resale. http://www.vangabonds.com/border-crossing-ecuador-peru/ http://www.drivetheamericas.com/wiki/additional-per...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri May 15, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Reliable Internet
Replies: 5
Views: 1079

Re: Reliable Internet

I got a cold call from Claro not long ago saying they were adding fibre optic cable to parts of their network in Lima and asked if I'd be interested. Turned out I wasn't in one of the trial/catchment areas. So you could go to a Claro office and ask about that.
by Sergio Bernales
Fri May 08, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: More Evidence the housing frenzy has cooled in Peru
Replies: 11
Views: 2294

Re: More Evidence the housing frenzy has cooled in Peru

I don't make this stuff up.. It comes from research and the boom and bust tendencies of the Peruvian Economy. With the strong Dollar you can already see housing prices dropping in Dollars. Construction was -9% in Feb 2015 GDP reports. Way down. Good point, a lower sol is going to help dollar buyers...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri May 08, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru has problems
Replies: 6
Views: 1520

Re: Peru has problems

Great post and shocking videos. I've been reading into the subject and the best reading I could find on the subject was here. It seems more of a trend that's become institutionalised, although thugs and rogue cops obviously play a big part. http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21599349-americ...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri May 08, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What is your favorite store-bought coffee?
Replies: 11
Views: 2203

Re: What is your favorite store-bought coffee?

Difficult one, but I agree that Altomayo is probably the best for both quality and value. Cafetal can't be beat on value and it's really not too bad. I tend to treat Tunki like a 20 year old Scotch and buy it for special occasions. The other brands I buy on a whim and I like most of them, apart from...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri May 08, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you feel danger when in the public now?
Replies: 108
Views: 16777

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

To be honest, I feel the types of crime between, say, the UK and Peru, are quite different. Aggressive drunks on Friday and Saturday nights, deserted train stations at night with weirdos loitering around and gangs of bored youths on housing estates are the things that bother most people across the p...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu May 07, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Trios with Movistar vs. Claro??
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Re: Trios with Movistar vs. Claro??

Unless you've come to hate Movistar, it might be worth talking to their sales department. I'm paying less than you for a Movistar trio with 40 mbps and 40 HD channels and a Fox package thrown in. If Movistar are unwilling to offer you their latest package, then the one advantage of switching is you ...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu May 07, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Real Estate/Inmobiliaria
Replies: 7
Views: 1204

Re: Real Estate/Inmobiliaria

Peruvians hate parting with their money? Can I say “Jews hate parting with their money”? Fine line. I think many people of many nationalities hate parting with their money... even expats. I guess the less you have, the less easy it is to part with it. (I am only pointing the difficulty of generaliz...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed May 06, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee Thread - 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 6658

Re: Coffee Thread - 2015

However, the sell-by date was 2016. wonder what that would taste like after a year old :shock: looks like you paid roughly 26 soles for that. did you try taking it back and opting for another brand, like Zena, Villa Rica or Tunki? it's kind of a hit and miss with coffee at the supermarkets. when i ...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun May 03, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee Thread - 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 6658

Re: Coffee Thread - 2015

Anyone tried a Peruvian coffee brand Incafe, harvested in Chanchamayo? I bought some at the weekend and went from being quite exited to deeply disappointed. Very little flavour, no crema, not even much aroma. Did I just get unlucky with this batch, or even the bag I bought? Perhaps the bag had been...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee Thread - 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 6658

Re: Coffee Thread - 2015

Anyone tried a Peruvian coffee brand Incafe, harvested in Chanchamayo? I bought some at the weekend and went from being quite exited to deeply disappointed. Very little flavour, no crema, not even much aroma. Did I just get unlucky with this batch, or even the bag I bought? Perhaps the bag had been ...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian getting a UK visitor visa?
Replies: 7
Views: 1711

Re: Peruvian getting a UK visitor visa?

We have done this trip several times with family in the UK and Germany. Getting the visa has always been straight forward, but it is essential to show good reason to return to Peru, such as statements for bank accounts, credit cards, employment and assets ( such as property ownership) Always be hon...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why are white people expats and the rest are immigrants
Replies: 17
Views: 3862

Re: Why are white people expats and the rest are immigrants

This is thought provoking. I like it. Personally I basically agree with panman. If your intent is to become a citizen then you are an immigrant. Otherwise you're an expat. I may live here for a relatively long time (perhaps the next ten years or so) but I have zero intent of becoming a citizen. And...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How do $ value changes affect Peru vs Ecuador
Replies: 9
Views: 1446

Re: How do $ value changes affect Peru vs Ecuador

It means, the terms of trade for Ecuador have gone from bad to awful, which should in the medium to long term lead to lower prices and probably outright deflation. Thats what i was wondering.. Its easier to wrap my head around exchange rates between two different currencies, but not as easy to wrap...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Aeromexico airlines
Replies: 36
Views: 6971

Re: Aeromexico airlines

After serving food, and telling you that they are out of your preferred selection, they sit in the galley eating the dish you wanted but they kept for themselves. On board there are crew meals. They are much better than what the ''cattle'' gets. I can't imagine that one of my colleagues would eat t...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Aeromexico airlines
Replies: 36
Views: 6971

Re: Aeromexico airlines

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It makes you wonder about the veracity of certain statements regarding recently arrived Peruvian citizens in Spain being able to obtain visas, good jobs, new cars and mortgages. Children love to tell fairy tales.
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: More Evidence the housing frenzy has cooled in Peru
Replies: 11
Views: 2294

Re: More Evidence the housing frenzy has cooled in Peru

You might enjoy this... http://survivingthecrash.blogspot.com/2006/09/housing-bubble-vs-great-depression.html Although, Tupac, I'll know for certain there'll be a crash, when, out of sheer frustration, you hold up your hands in frustration and say, "I've waited years for a correction and nothin...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru is off the list.
Replies: 20
Views: 5030

Re: Peru is off the list.

Peru is becoming South America's ''behind''. Okay, so your original post was about the increasingly high cost of living in Peru, so why write that? That's just an abusive comment towards a country you lived claim to have lived happily in that adds nothing to the debate about the standard and cost o...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru is off the list.
Replies: 20
Views: 5030

Re: Peru is off the list.

Well, he might make some valid points about the cost of living here going up here and it definitely has become difficult for people in his position with a limited income in euros, a currency that is collapsing, but it's all done with such vindictiveness, contempt and barely-concealed hatred towards ...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru is off the list.
Replies: 20
Views: 5030

Re: Peru is off the list.

chi chi wrote: gringos that loiter around the crossroads are being ousted as well.


Ah, so that's why you left.
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How do $ value changes affect Peru vs Ecuador
Replies: 9
Views: 1446

Re: How do $ value changes affect Peru vs Ecuador

In response to chi-chi-nomics, the inflation rate in Peru as of February 2015 is 2.77% adjusted on a yearly basis. The sol has dropped 8.2% against the dollar in a similar period, therefore, the purchasing power of the US dollar has increased significantly. You'll get more bang for your buck. Expec...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How do $ value changes affect Peru vs Ecuador
Replies: 9
Views: 1446

Re: How do $ value changes affect Peru vs Ecuador

It means, the terms of trade for Ecuador have gone from bad to awful, which should in the medium to long term lead to lower prices and probably outright deflation. There is also a good chance of a balance of payments crisis as oil accounts for 40% Ecuador's exports and the price has more than halved...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Opportunity to Lease/option to buy in Peru (new law).
Replies: 2
Views: 1099

Re: Opportunity to Lease/option to buy in Peru (new law).

It looks like an attempt to expand the sub-prime market and we all know the consequences of doing that. Presuming there is a bubble, with measures like these, it looks like it's got some way to go before it bursts.
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Independent or lesser known films
Replies: 23
Views: 1826

Re: Independent or lesser known films

Friederidch Murnau: Nosferatu. Sunrise : a song of two humans. Tabu. Jean Cocteau La belle et la Bête. Orphee. Jean Vigo --Zéro de conduite. Jean Renoir --La Grande Ilusion. . If you're a fan of Renoir and liked La Grande Ilusion, you'd love The rules of the Game, La Règle du jeu, in which Renoir a...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: embarazo
Replies: 20
Views: 2740

Re: embarazo

You might want to check out the migratory agreements between members of the Andean Community (Peru, Columbia, Bolivia, Ecuador). Citizens of these countries find it easy to workk legally in any of the other member states. The problem is the OP has to be married to a citizen of one of MERCOSUR count...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Independent or lesser known films
Replies: 23
Views: 1826

Re: Independent or lesser known films

For the sake of balance regarding Zulu...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3x6RPJOkTs
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Independent or lesser known films
Replies: 23
Views: 1826

Re: Independent or lesser known films

L'Atalante by Jean Vigo is marvellous and almost anything by Luis Buñuel, especially the Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise is magnificent. And agree with Victmanu that Tarkovsy's Solaris is a superior film to its American cousin. As for Kurosawa and all those films remade as Westerns, love 'em all.
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Here Comes The Sun
Replies: 2
Views: 676

Here Comes The Sun

I thought this was a great moment. The different ways the song was cut makes such a difference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1Rxdeq ... 8&index=15
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Evicting bad tenant?
Replies: 18
Views: 2107

Re: Evicting bad tenant?

Since your friends wants to do things the right way, the legal option is the only option available. This involves getting a lawyer and and start a lengthy process. Here in Huanuco people pay the police to evict a bad tenant. Not 100% 'the right way' but very effective. The combination of a lawyer a...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Carnet question
Replies: 6
Views: 800

Re: Carnet question

It's not the easiest of processes, so are you sure you're eligible for a carnet? The most common reason to get one is when you marry a Peruvian. You might be putting yourself to a lot of trouble for nothing.
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBTQ in Lima?
Replies: 29
Views: 4199

Re: LGBTQ in Lima?

If you're bothered what people think, then your best approach is to say nothing. Peruvians, in my experience, are very respectful of privacy and will not stick their noses into your living arrangements. Being completely open about your lifestyle, however, can perhaps lead to problems with some peopl...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Restuarant recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 3684

Re: Restuarant recommendations

Recently ate at Rafael's El Mercado (http://www.rafaelosterling.pe/es/el-mercado.html) and at Francesco (http://www.francesco.com.pe/#_=_) and am dying to go back to both. Not cheap by any means, but oh, so worth it! I haven't tried Rafael El Mercado, but on San Martin, I found their flagship resta...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee Thread - 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 6658

Re: Coffee Thread - 2015

Interesting articles. Those little espresso machines that work with the individually, proportioned packets sound more intricate than the average Krups machine. I don't blame you for not trusting Nestlé. I haven't since they started getting third world mothers hooked on baby formula, but their machi...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Living the Good Life in Peru 5
Replies: 14
Views: 1889

Re: Living the Good Life in Peru 5

Sergio :D we both know a massage on Mancora beach or one at the Decameron (!) are not at all typical, but I tip my hat to you for spoiling yourself on vacation. Well done! Living the good life. A few soles will mean nothing when you are dead. mauk mauk In Lima I pay S/.50 at two different places de...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How soon is soon enough?
Replies: 8
Views: 1094

Re: How soon is soon enough?

Getting a job is hard, especially if you don't have a work visa because an employer must be willing to sponsor your workvisa and must prove that he can't find a Peruvian to fill the position. Let's be frank with Lola: getting a work visa is almost impossible unless you're an experienced civil engin...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Sales Executives- 3M Networks
Replies: 7
Views: 1001

Re: Sales Executives- 3M Networks

I'd trust companies like this as far as I could kick 'em, but if you're desperate, what they're offering is the going rate. Sadly, that's life here. Otherwise, there wouldn't be millions of immigrants trying to get into the States and Europe.
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Living the Good Life in Peru 5
Replies: 14
Views: 1889

Re: Living the Good Life in Peru 5

I'm leaning towards Silverback on this. Prices in Lima are getting a bit crazy even for simple things like fruit and veg that are grown locally. In terms of good value, my experience of Piura/Chiclayo/Mancora is that there are cheap hotels there and some excellent restaurants that charge a fraction ...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Haircut
Replies: 9
Views: 1837

Re: Haircut

This place might be good for you - a little more expensive than the average and you have to go to La Victoria/San Borja - but if you live near el metropolitano, there's a stop nearby. If you're a monoglot, I'm not sure how much English is spoken, though.

http://www.tomykospa.com/
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Restuarant recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 3684

Re: Restuarant recommendations

I'd have to suggest the Gaston chains like Tanta, Papacho and Madam Tusan - great value, great quality, great service. Huaca Puclluana is also an excellent choice and ain't gonna break the bank, Punta Azul on San Martin or Punta Sal if your friend likes seafood (If your friend is willing to venture ...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee Thread - 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 6658

Re: Coffee Thread - 2015

It's worth bearing in mind that almost all coffee grown in South America is Arabica, so that might affect your grind and how you brew it. I thought this was a fairly good article, although it's really just for machines and doesn't mention French presses or mocha pots. The Gaggia Baby Class looks gre...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee Thread - 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 6658

Re: Coffee Thread - 2015

I'm happy with a French press I bought in Wong for 23 soles, reliable, simple, gives a good crema even on the cheaper brands like Cafetal. My hunch is that for better brands like Tunki, it's worth investing in something better, maybe the aeropress, or even a simple moka pot. It was certainly nice wi...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Taking a trip south.
Replies: 6
Views: 1034

Re: Taking a trip south.

This place has a lot of character and isn't going to break the bank. http://www.elcarmelohotelhacienda.com/ I think Arequipa would make a good second stop. Moquegua is an attractive town, slightly off the beaten track. There are no trains in Arica or Tacna, only train museums. There used to be a lin...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Housing Prices Starting to fall: Peru
Replies: 10
Views: 2340

Re: Housing Prices Starting to fall: Peru

To my point about new construction maintaining their prices while resale home prices on the decline: GESTION.pe Prices of homes in the Peru will remain stable during the year 2015 and real estate companies will not reduce its profits to be put down, said the Director general of the Association of c...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Rooftop bar/restaurant in Lima?
Replies: 7
Views: 2177

Re: Rooftop bar/restaurant in Lima?

If you're looking for something fancy, Miraflores Park Hotel has a restaurant called the Observatory serving breakfast on the top floor, with lovely views on clear days.
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru: Cost of Living 2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2806

Re: Peru: Cost of Living 2015

It is strange how the regular costs of any household are ever really mentioned. We lived in a very small 3 bed semi in the UK and paid around £1600 ($2400) per year rates. Here for a large five bed we pay $530 per year Total for gas, electric, water, telephone, internet. in the UK £4200 ($6300) per...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru: Cost of Living 2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2806

Re: Peru: Cost of Living 2015

I think sometimes we are inclined to forget the exchange rate has made a big difference to the value of Pound Stirling and is moving that way for the Dollar. I took a couple of items mentioned and did a quick check with a comparable supermarket on line against the UK. Garage One tank of Diesel 15 g...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Heinz Beans
Replies: 6
Views: 2104

Heinz Beans

First time I've seen Heinz baked beans in Lima. At almost 8 soles a can, I doubt they're gonna catch on. Surprisingly, they came in at 4th place in Which magazine's baked beans test, pipped at the post by Branston, Asda and Morrissons. http://www.which.co.uk/documents/pdf/p22-23_baked20beans_r3-1966...

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