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by gringolandia
Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: MY THOUGHT PROCESS
Replies: 9
Views: 917

Re: MY THOUGHT PROCESS

Depending on the equity you have in your US property, a home equity line of credit from your US bank could be a way to go. I don't really know the details, but I've heard of several cases of people using US financing to buy property abroad. Check with your bank and see what they might be able to do ...
by gringolandia
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:34 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ideas for changes to expatperu?
Replies: 18
Views: 2060

Re: Ideas for changes to expatperu?

Great suggestions. I want to make changes on the forum, but also the rest of the page, so feel free to comment on the whole site. -Alan I have to admit that I'm guilty for never having really given the rest of the site a good look. I've glanced at it before, but never really gone through the non-fo...
by gringolandia
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ideas for changes to expatperu?
Replies: 18
Views: 2060

Re: Ideas for changes to expatperu?

What bulletin board software does this site use? I like the upvote/downvote idea, and maybe the latest version of the BB software has that. I agree with not trying to copy FB based sites. It is better to leverage the benefits that a forum like this has, such as easy searching, and the ability to rem...
by gringolandia
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How to obtain an - annulment?
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: How to obtain an - annulment?

I'm not Catholic so I could perhaps be wrong, but if a wedding is not done with the consent of the Catholic church (ie, with a priest) I don't think it even counts as a real marriage as far as the Church is concerned. No Church / no priest = no Catholic marriage. So I don't think an annulment of som...
by gringolandia
Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Rio Olympics
Replies: 6
Views: 1014

Re: Rio Olympics

Phelps was great in swimming, Biles was amazing in gymnastics, but unfortunately the main thing many will remember is the Lochte controversy. It is hard to overestimate the damage Lochte did. I feel so sorry for the rest of US Olympic team. Usain Bolt was absolutely incredible and he brought a great...
by gringolandia
Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Pisco Sour Class
Replies: 7
Views: 884

Re: Pisco Sour Class

From what I've heard, the main thing is to not squeeze the limes too much. After you get the main part of the juice out, don't try to get every last drop out because the last drops will not taste the same and ruin the flavor of the drink. Why? I have no idea. But I've heard this from a lot of people...
by gringolandia
Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: increasing cost of living
Replies: 7
Views: 1280

Re: increasing cost of living

It might be good to specify which part of Peru you're talking about. Lima is no longer cheap at all, but Arequipa isn't too bad. And it has a nicer climate and is safer and cleaner. When we recently visited there my daughter said she wanted to move there... but we're pretty well locked into Lima at ...
by gringolandia
Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: surviving spouse will
Replies: 35
Views: 3182

Re: surviving spouse will

Caliguy was certainly under no obligation to share any info, but since he has all I can say is he's clearly a very honorable guy who's already done the right thing and I have no doubt that whatever he ends up doing will be the right thing given the situation.
by gringolandia
Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: surviving spouse will
Replies: 35
Views: 3182

Re: surviving spouse will

Response to 69roadrunner: As I said, I'm not going to argue what a spouse is entitled to, but I will clarify with regard to your question. And the problem is your question presupposes that the dying person is entitled to whatever they are asking for, which goes back to the OP's specific question. Bu...
by gringolandia
Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: surviving spouse will
Replies: 35
Views: 3182

Re: surviving spouse will

I find the assertion that always splitting assets 50/50 with a spouse is somehow the only "moral" answer hilarious. Maybe in some specific cases it is moral, but every situation is different. Each party in a marriage comes into it with different assets, and each then helps grow (or blow) t...
by gringolandia
Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: surviving spouse will
Replies: 35
Views: 3182

Re: surviving spouse will

From a practical perspective, it may be relevant where the money is. Legal issues aside, if the money and assets are mostly in LA in your name, the brothers will have a heck of a time going after it. As they say, possession is 9/10ths of ownership. But if the money and assets have been shifted from ...
by gringolandia
Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?
Replies: 20
Views: 3269

Re: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?

I've heard some people here claim they got upgraded to 40 Mbps from 20 Mbps for "free" (or almost nothing) but no such offer has been extended to us yet. It is worth giving Telefonica a call to ask the details of the plan you currently have, and ways for you to improve it. That's how we w...
by gringolandia
Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?
Replies: 20
Views: 3269

Re: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?

I have Movistar at 20Mbps and it is fine. Seems reliable enough, and I do plenty of big downloads. The customer service is horrible and their internal bureaucracy is insane, but it helps that I know some high level people at Telefonica if I get the run around. So you have a 20MB plan? How much is i...
by gringolandia
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?
Replies: 20
Views: 3269

Re: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?

I have Movistar at 20Mbps and it is fine. Seems reliable enough, and I do plenty of big downloads.

The customer service is horrible and their internal bureaucracy is insane, but it helps that I know some high level people at Telefonica if I get the run around.
by gringolandia
Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Custom for tipping in restaurants
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Re: Custom for tipping in restaurants

Wow, and I thought my Peruvian wife was just cheap..! I guess 5% (or less??) really is normal. I have always tipped 10%. I've suspected that it is a bit higher than normal, but I figure us "rich Americans" have a reputation to uphold.. lol. I didn't realize just how much more than normal (...
by gringolandia
Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Be careful - Mercado Libre!
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Re: Be careful - Mercado Libre!

And?

Your post is so vague I have no idea what you are talking about.

What were you doing that they thought was wrong?
by gringolandia
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: General info on computers in Perú
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: General info on computers in Perú

The Windows 10 upgrade is still free, for another 9 days or so (end of this month). And Microsoft has said that they aren't really checking if the version of Windows you are upgrading from is legitimate or not. So at this particular time you can put on Windows 7 whatever way you can, legitimate or n...
by gringolandia
Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru
Replies: 21
Views: 3114

Re: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru

You can see a router is allowable if wired only. WIFI is not allowed. Which is a bit odd considering the US wifi bands are actually more restrictive than the Peruvian ones... The list presumably refers to imports from anywhere. And there are certainly other regions whose allowed bands do not match ...
by gringolandia
Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru
Replies: 21
Views: 3114

Re: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru

adrian Thorne wrote:You can see a router is allowable if wired only. WIFI is not allowed.


Which is a bit odd considering the US wifi bands are actually more restrictive than the Peruvian ones...
by gringolandia
Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru
Replies: 21
Views: 3114

Re: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru

I'm still gathering info on this, but a Peruvian friend who deals with this sort of things with his business started explaining to me the process one must go through to get telecom / computer parts into the country. He says there is a web accessible list of items that have already been approved by t...
by gringolandia
Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru
Replies: 21
Views: 3114

Re: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru

It might be worth bearing in mind. Last week I went to the main office in Sepost and they made it quite clear all imports of electronics, including comp. parts, radio, cells etc. etc. Plus clothing (including shoes) of any type have been effectively banned. They will not release any of these items ...
by gringolandia
Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian citizen returning to Peru with car from Chile
Replies: 1
Views: 270

Re: Peruvian citizen returning to Peru with car from Chile

I suggest tracking down the official info from the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but here's a summary from http://www.iamovers.org/files/newimages/member/shippers/peru.pdf: - One car is allowed duty-free import if the value does not exceed the amount authorized by the Peruvian Ministry of Fo...
by gringolandia
Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru quietly begins screening incoming airborne foreigners
Replies: 4
Views: 899

Re: Peru quietly begins screening incoming airborne foreigners

I've been told by people that work in Peru for the US State Department that the average person would be quite shocked by how involved the US is in stuff like this. Various special forces operating in Peru were also alluded to.

So I can't say this surprises me.
by gringolandia
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the right to steal
Replies: 12
Views: 1356

Re: the right to steal

I haven't decided yet if you're a troll, but people who write a first post that is potentially argumentative often are. Why, if I may ask, are you "seeking honest information why folks go to a third world country and expound on its its greatness." That seems like a rather odd and random th...
by gringolandia
Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the right to steal
Replies: 12
Views: 1356

Re: the right to steal

The way you guys describe Peru it is hell on earth, but you remain....why? Peru is not awful, but definitely there are some big negatives that have to be dealt with, particularly for someone coming from a developed country. To answer the question (since this is an open forum, even though it wasn't ...
by gringolandia
Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Skyscanner has the best fares!
Replies: 11
Views: 1295

Re: Skyscanner has the best fares!

Are the 60% cheaper prices due to Skyscanner, or due to the fact that buying a ticket as a Peruvian citizen or resident is much cheaper? I just ask because my family just visited Iquitos recently with another family, and the amount my family paid (as residents of Peru) was *much* cheaper than the am...
by gringolandia
Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:52 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Colegio Roosevelt GARAGE SALE June 4
Replies: 1
Views: 461

Re: Colegio Roosevelt GARAGE SALE June 4

Just a reminder that this event is today.
by gringolandia
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New to Lima from California
Replies: 6
Views: 2198

Re: New to Lima from California

You know who told me Peruvians would try to screw me over? Peruvians. And they back up the assertion with real stories of Peruvians trying to screw over other people and jokingly refer to it as the "Peruvian way". And there have been plenty of occasions in my own experience here where bein...
by gringolandia
Tue May 31, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Areas to live in Lima / vicinity?
Replies: 2
Views: 606

Re: Areas to live in Lima / vicinity?

The increase in crime is real, not sensationalized, but if you exercise the appropriate caution that you mentioned you should be fine. Sounds like you know what you are getting into. Crossing over to La Molina from the rest of Lima is a HUGE pain if you're doing it during high traffic times, so make...
by gringolandia
Tue May 31, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Professional or QUACK?
Replies: 14
Views: 1220

Re: Professional or QUACK?

I thought it was self-explanatory but you seem to have taken it the wrong way so I'll expound: In the saying that I (mis)quoted, you play the role of the good person, and the question is whether you carry on the fight or back down from threats. So I'm saying that evil wins if good people like you ba...

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