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by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Is the EL Sol Language school pretty good?
Replies: 11
Views: 1802

Re: Is the EL Sol Language school pretty good?

I don't know much about El Sol language school, but you could always go to the South American Explorers' website for info on local schools. I used to live round the corner from the school and it's in a pleasant street in Miraflores, a modern part of Lima. If you're here for a while, you could also h...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ley Seca
Replies: 4
Views: 908

Re: Ley Seca

Yeah, that was my experience at the last election. It was surprising how strictly it was observed. If you don't stock up beforehand, the only place that might sell you alcohol is the local bodega. If you want to go out for a few drinks and socialise, then I'd suggested finding out if anyone you know...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Income Taxes in Peru
Replies: 1
Views: 512

Re: Income Taxes in Peru

There are a few good threads about this in the forums from a few months ago with some good links that may help, so worth spending a little time to look. If you're unsure about your status, taking professional advice may be your best option. But if you're just wanting a rough idea, then for an ordina...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Question about "visa run"
Replies: 109
Views: 14384

Re: Question about "visa run"

I have to agree with all the posters that the Tacna run is the easiest. I haven't done it for a while, but I used to get a return flight with Peruvian Airlines (peruvianairlines.com) for about $100. I had a quick look just now and depending on how far in advance you want to book they're advertising ...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Not flushing toilet paper?
Replies: 43
Views: 10777

Re: Not flushing toilet paper?

I know it's pretty gross, but this topic needs regular updating for new arrivals in Latin America as many gringos I meet still look at me as if I've just suggested we go on a murder spree, when I tell them about not flushing toilet paper. A couple of observations, generally, most of the time I've ha...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Movistar Trio vs. Claro equivalent?
Replies: 10
Views: 4062

Re: Movistar Trio vs. Claro equivalent?

Oh, Kelly, what I'd give for speeds like that...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Summer this year
Replies: 16
Views: 1951

Re: Summer this year

I have to say I think you're right about the weather this year. This summer has been a disappointment. It's my fourth in Lima. I also noticed last year that summer seemed to last longer and it was still sunny in June. I'm not sure if I find it colder this year, because I've noticed that the heat dep...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: INTENET RATES GONE UP A LOT
Replies: 13
Views: 1547

Re: INTENET RATES GONE UP A LOT

That's probably true, Chi Chi. I've noticed that when I've met friends in the Starbucks in San Borja that it's difficult to get a table; often there are large groups of teenagers hogging all the tables and only one of them has a drink. I can't say I blame them, but it is pretty annoying if you and y...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: which district is most popular for expats to live
Replies: 81
Views: 9169

Re: which district is most popular for expats to live

Hi, Aki68, it's about five months since your first post. I'm curious. Where did you end up? Did you find a job in teaching? Or did you run for the hills... or even Chile for that matter? By the way, nobody mentioned that Surco is enormous and there are very good areas and rather dodgy areas as well....
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Movistar Trio vs. Claro equivalent?
Replies: 10
Views: 4062

Re: Movistar Trio vs. Claro equivalent?

Hi Sharon, I'd suggest giving Claro a go. A friend said they guarantee a minimum internet speed and there's a good choice of packages. As far as I can see, they're cheaper than Movistar as well. Unfortunately, I can't vouch personally for Claro, because they said that my building has a contract with...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: INTENET RATES GONE UP A LOT
Replies: 13
Views: 1547

Re: INTENET RATES GONE UP A LOT

Thanks Alpine Prince. I'll look out for them. I had already used McDonalds on Benavides for wifi as the coffee was cheaper and nicer than the Starbucks across the road and you can sit outside, but generally I'd rather look for local alternatives. The new Starbucks in 28 de Julio is useful, as it's n...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: INTENET RATES GONE UP A LOT
Replies: 13
Views: 1547

Re: INTENET RATES GONE UP A LOT

Hi Panman, I think that was definitely true a year or two ago, but it's remarkable how quickly smartphones have caught on. Peru has the fastest growing economy in Latin America, disposable incomes are rising and prices are dropping for kit and there are many new payment plans. Yes, very poor people ...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: INTENET RATES GONE UP A LOT
Replies: 13
Views: 1547

Re: INTENET RATES GONE UP A LOT

With more and more smartphones, there soon will be soon be very little need for internet cafe. Even when my internet's been down at home, I've gone to Starbucks with my laptop for a few hours and bought a ridiculously expensive coffee rather than go to a cabina.
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Tips on how to deal with problematic neigboors
Replies: 40
Views: 4137

Re: Tips on how to deal with problematic neigboors

Thanks, Chi Chi, and if you ever decide to sell your apartment, let us all know, although you may start a bidding war. One disadvantage I've noticed with top floor apartments is it depends who has access to the roof terrace. They're a bit like balconies. If yours is the only one, then it's fabulous....
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Tips on how to deal with problematic neigboors
Replies: 40
Views: 4137

Re: Tips on how to deal with problematic neigboors

Apart from Lima's drivers, noise seems to be the thing that most foreigners find difficult to adapt to. I've lived in six different apartments in Peru and almost every time, there was a different problem, from the neighbour who left their yappy dog on the balcony all day, to the apartment on the cor...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Question: How much do people make in Lima, Peru???
Replies: 23
Views: 15656

Re: Question: How much do people make in Lima, Peru???

According to World Bank figures, income per head is about $5,500 (which increases to about $10,000 at PPP when cost of living is taken into account). Pay rates in Peru really depend on what industry you work in, how qualified you are, who you know and who you work for. Even where you are matters. Bi...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paying taxes in Peru on money earned abroad
Replies: 11
Views: 2680

Re: Paying taxes in Peru on money earned abroad

What you're saying makes sense to me, as the two year thing seemed a bit arbitrary. I also thought it might be to avoid trapping people in the bureaucracy of the tax system who are living temporarily in Peru, either as a worker for a multinational, or an investor, long-term tourist, etc... My guess ...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Are Gringos Welcomed?
Replies: 38
Views: 4189

Re: Are Gringos Welcomed?

It's interesting you mention this, because I expected something similar when I first arrived in Peru. The main reason was that I had just spent six months in Ecuador doing voluntary work and despite the fact I felt I was contributing something to the country, I experienced a really aggressive anti-G...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Driving in the middle of the road?
Replies: 16
Views: 1482

Re: Driving in the middle of the road?

I agree that most of it is just bad driving or poor road manners, but there is something else that's worth considering for the majority of drivers who don't think that they're in a fairground. Sometimes people drive in the middle of the road, because the kerbside is so dangerous - you never know whe...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: gringos that are a nuisance
Replies: 72
Views: 7237

Re: gringos that are a nuisance

Most of the people you're talking about are not actually Gringos, but Argentinians or other white Latinos. I think it's the bad economy there and a desire to travel that's driven some of them to Peru. I have seen the odd Gringo like this in Peru, but very few in Lima. I've come across a few in place...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paying taxes in Peru on money earned abroad
Replies: 11
Views: 2680

Re: Paying taxes in Peru on money earned abroad

Thanks, jimuazu, for the reply. I also couldn't find anything about double taxation treaties. The idea of setting up a company has occured to me and I'll let you know if I come across a good accountant.
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paying taxes in Peru on money earned abroad
Replies: 11
Views: 2680

Re: Paying taxes in Peru on money earned abroad

Thanks for the replies, everyone. They've all been very useful. The latest advice I've come across is that at first I'll only be liable for income earned in Peru, but nothing outside of Peru until I've been two years resident in Peru, thereafter I'll be liable for all worldwide income. In which case...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paying taxes in Peru on money earned abroad
Replies: 11
Views: 2680

Paying taxes in Peru on money earned abroad

Does anyone know if I can be resident in Peru, but continue to pay taxes in home country (UK)? I've been living in Lima, off and on for a couple of years, but I'm due to get married here later this year and will go from having a tourist visa to having a resident visa. At the moment, I do all my work...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:44 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Kitten needs a good home
Replies: 1
Views: 618

Kitten needs a good home

Friendly, loving kitten only a few months old is in need of a home. She's had her shots and fleat treament. If you need any more information, just drop me a line.
by Sergio Bernales
Fri May 25, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Picasso the kitten needs a home
Replies: 0
Views: 399

Picasso the kitten needs a home

Picasso the kitten needs a home. She's been vaccinated (had her shots), had her flea treatment and is just waiting for someone to adopt her. Drop me a line if you're interested or want more information.

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