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by gringolandia
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: HELP: Problems receiving calls from USA on Movistar Chip Unlocked TMobile Prism prepaid phone
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

Re: HELP: Problems receiving calls from USA on Movistar Chip Unlocked TMobile Prism prepaid phone

I finally (after 10+ years with T-Mobile) just dropped the service a couple weeks ago. I ported my old T-Mobile # over to Google Voice and I also got a new U.S. VOIP line from textnow.com (completely free, or $30/year without ads). I figure I can just get cell service in the U.S. for the months I am...
by gringolandia
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Movistar mobile data glitch last month
Replies: 5
Views: 830

Re: Movistar mobile data glitch last month

gringolandia wrote:
69roadrunner wrote:Yes very informative, I assume. Thanks!!


You're welcome. One might assume that you appreciate how I make clear the distinction between the facts and presumptions in the things I write about. Not everyone considers the veracity of one's words important enough to appreciate such effort.
by gringolandia
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Movistar mobile data glitch last month
Replies: 5
Views: 830

Re: Movistar mobile data glitch last month

69roadrunner wrote:Yes very informative, I assume. Thanks!!


You're welcome. One might assume that you appreciate how I make clear the distinction between the facts and presumptions in the things I write about. Not everyone considers the veracity of one's word important enough to appreciate such effort.
by gringolandia
Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Movistar mobile data glitch last month
Replies: 5
Views: 830

Movistar mobile data glitch last month

I had planned to post about this last month when it happened, but completely forgot to do so. Since this lacks a certain relevance due to the timing, I'm just posting this to the conversations area instead of the information area. Anyway, if you have Movistar for your mobile service you may have not...
by gringolandia
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Passport - soon to expire
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: Passport - soon to expire

A far better summary would be "call the airline to make sure expiring passport won't be a problem."
by gringolandia
Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Passport - soon to expire
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: Passport - soon to expire

Getting into Peru shouldn't be a problem. Convincing the airline to let you board with a US passport that expires in less than 6 months could possibly be a problem though. Call ahead and make sure they're not going to have any issue with that. I've heard that they're not supposed to let someone fly ...
by gringolandia
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Colonoscopy...
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Colonoscopy...

So I did ask the person, but they said it was paid for with insurance so it was basically free and they don't know what the cost would be without insurance. However, they guessed (and this is just a guess) that it would probably be about 800 soles. Sorry this isn't more useful.
by gringolandia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Colonoscopy...
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Colonoscopy...

I'll see if I can find out. An in-law had one fairly recently so I should be able to ask.

I would only go to a top hospital though, like Delgado.
by gringolandia
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Octane ratings US (& Europe) vs Peru
Replies: 8
Views: 1017

Re: Octane ratings US (& Europe) vs Peru

The injectors do not get clogged from low octane gas because it has more impurities than premium gas. They (at least potentially) get clogged because of the low octane, which causes the gas to detonate early due to pressure (higher pressure engines need higher octane fuel). So, as I said, it is the ...
by gringolandia
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Latin America is better than Europe for..
Replies: 12
Views: 1269

Re: Latin America is better than Europe for..

The similar timezone to the US is one thing LA has over Europe, at least for those who have businesses in or related to the US.
by gringolandia
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Octane ratings US (& Europe) vs Peru
Replies: 8
Views: 1017

Re: Octane ratings US (& Europe) vs Peru

Yeah ask a mechanic or read the users manual better yet ask the guy pumping the go juice. Oh wait, you don't speak Spanish. The car is from the US, so the manual is in English and says the car takes 87 octane. If I find a mechanic who actually knows what he's talking about then I ask their advice. ...
by gringolandia
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Octane ratings US (& Europe) vs Peru
Replies: 8
Views: 1017

Re: Octane ratings US (& Europe) vs Peru

Thanks, I'll have to see if there is a way to get the MON numbers for Peruvian gas, but I think this gives us enough info to answer the question to a reasonable degree since we know the MON octane is generally between 8 to 12 less than RON octane. If we just assume for now that the MON is 10 less, w...
by gringolandia
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?
Replies: 32
Views: 3349

Re: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?

Foreign investors set up large businesses which destroy the Peruvians their small businesses. And then they employ those Peruvians that lost their businesses and pay them a poverty wage. May be true in some cases. Clearly not true in other cases. There are entire industries in Peru that would not e...
by gringolandia
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Octane ratings US (& Europe) vs Peru
Replies: 8
Views: 1017

Octane ratings US (& Europe) vs Peru

Does anyone have a scientifically accurate computation of how the octane ratings in the US (and Europe) compare to Peru? I know that in the US on every fuel dispenser there is a decal which shows the method used for calculating the octane rating. I couldn't tell you offhand what the heck it is. And ...
by gringolandia
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?
Replies: 32
Views: 3349

Re: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?

69roadrunner, I'm hardly granted and special dispensation as there is no requirement to learn Spanish before becoming a resident. If there were, I simply would never have come to Peru, end of story. And Cactus, you have shown a habit here of making wildly inaccurate generalizations. As a point of fa...
by gringolandia
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?
Replies: 32
Views: 3349

Re: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?

I think that people who don't do an effort to learn the language of the country, shouldn't be surprised when they get overcharged and ripped-off. They show a lack of respect and are refusing to adapt to the culture and customs of the country. They will never be able to integrate into society. Befor...
by gringolandia
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?
Replies: 32
Views: 3349

Re: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?

On the rare occasions that I do have to speak Spanish (such as ordering food), I've been amazed at just how badly misunderstood I can be with even the most simple words. Just yesterday I told a cashier my name is <real name> and they wrote down "Estavan" (not even close). I just shrugged ...
by gringolandia
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?
Replies: 32
Views: 3349

Re: How is your Spanish after living in Peru?

I missed this thread while I was out of the country in June. After three years I'm also between 2 and 3, but closer to 3. And the reason is that I'm intentionally trying to NOT learn Spanish (or whatever they call it... castilian or something like that). I like living in my little gringo bubble and ...
by gringolandia
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paying Taxes
Replies: 6
Views: 1706

Re: Paying Taxes

File in Peru first and then take the foreign earned income credit off your US taxes. Have you actually done this? My accountant in the US is looking into the foreign earned income credit. From what I researched on my own, the foreign income credit is only applicable to income you earned in a foreig...
by gringolandia
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paying Taxes
Replies: 6
Views: 1706

Re: Paying Taxes

An important addendum: If you choose to include your US tax return with your Peruvian tax return, keep in mind that the Peruvian tax return needs to be filed between January and March. So even though the US allows you to wait until April 15 to file your return, you CAN NOT wait that long. You must g...
by gringolandia
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paying Taxes
Replies: 6
Views: 1706

Re: Paying Taxes

It is a rather gray area. You must find a competent accountant in Peru to handle it for you. I'll give you my basic understanding of it, though. First off, there is no tax treaty between the US and Peru. That means there is no treaty *requiring* that both countries avoid double-taxation. It also mea...
by gringolandia
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The San Diego of Peru?
Replies: 9
Views: 1440

Re: The San Diego of Peru?

I was going to joke that the "San Diego" part of Peru is called "Ecuador", but I see that Pimentel is not too far off from that.
by gringolandia
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Girlfriend
Replies: 43
Views: 5029

Re: Peruvian Girlfriend

I'd just ask her. The next time she mentions her money problems, just ask "Are you asking me for financial help?" I think it'll be pretty obvious to you what her real intent was from the answer, either from what she says or from her body language. The most likely possibilities are (1) she ...
by gringolandia
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Gringos hitting up gringos on the streets for cash
Replies: 15
Views: 1689

Re: Gringos hitting up gringos on the streets for cash

I wonder what is inside of the head of these kind of people :evil: ... How in this world I wonder the same. Clearly they are able to dress themselves well, present themselves properly, and have enough cleverness to get a job if they desired to do so. So either their moral character is so awful that...
by gringolandia
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How to peacefully solve the "Dominant minority" problem?
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Re: How to peacefully solve the "Dominant minority" problem?

LOL, you seem obsessed with the idea of impressing people, particularly women. Methinks your attempts at insults say more about your desires and shortcomings than anything about me. Final life tip because I'm feeling overly generous: You've created your own prison of paranoia and oppression and limi...
by gringolandia
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How to peacefully solve the "Dominant minority" problem?
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Re: How to peacefully solve the "Dominant minority" problem?

You're delusional. I don't want to live in a western country? Are you nuts? I'd much rather live in the US. I'm only here because my wife wanted our kids to grow up around her family and with the assistance of nannies. Literally, we would not bother living here if it were not for the nannies. I'd fa...
by gringolandia
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How to peacefully solve the "Dominant minority" problem?
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Re: How to peacefully solve the "Dominant minority" problem?

1. Make your own "Combate" show that has natives. Those shows are so stupid anyway, I have no idea why anyone watches them. But to try to force those shows to change is ridiculous. MAKE YOUR OWN if you don't like them. 2. Make your own products and market them on your own. If a bunch of &q...
by gringolandia
Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How to peacefully solve the "Dominant minority" problem?
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Re: How to peacefully solve the "Dominant minority" problem?

No, slavery as an institution is not justifiable even if there were some examples of slaves that were objectively better off. However, I will say that factory workers are better off having jobs than not, even if they are not making nearly as much as the owners of the factory (particularly if there i...
by gringolandia
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How to peacefully solve the "Dominant minority" problem?
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Re: How to peacefully solve the "Dominant minority" problem?

Not that racism isn't a problem in Peru. It certainly is, and it is unbelievable to me that it is not illegal here for employers to require photos with job applications. But to argue that it is somehow the highest priority problem is absurd and and to suggest that perhaps some plan needs to be put i...
by gringolandia
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Where Can I Find a Good Pizza with Lots of Tomato Sauce?
Replies: 7
Views: 2373

Re: Where Can I Find a Good Pizza with Lots of Tomato Sauce?

Papa John's was pretty crappy in the US, but I find that it is actually a halfway decent option here in Lima, especially since you can get one for 22 soles including Pepperoni rolls (I always use the Lima Delivery app). You're right that it could use more tomato sauce, but I think they use about the...
by gringolandia
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bringing Children in on a US PASSPORT, applying for a DNI
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: Bringing Children in on a US PASSPORT, applying for a DNI

Change of status for what? Why do they need their status changed?
by gringolandia
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LOOKING FOR ADVICE ON BEACHES NEAR LIMA
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: LOOKING FOR ADVICE ON BEACHES NEAR LIMA

Depends what you're looking for. If just a basic fully public beach with waves that are not too big for kids, but big enough to body surf, try Playa Puerto Viejo. There are some basic beach restaurants there as well. It is far enough away from Mala that the water shouldn't be too polluted. For a mor...
by gringolandia
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TAE
Replies: 1
Views: 344

Re: TAE

I didn't have to pay either, and my wife told me a person there said it had something to do with being married to a Peruvian.
by gringolandia
Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit
Replies: 6
Views: 1867

Re: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit

I paid zero penalty now. And if the IRS has any complaints I can refile with the 8965 filled out and still pay nothing. Yes, it is that simple if you're exempt, which is what the question was about.
by gringolandia
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit
Replies: 6
Views: 1867

Re: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit

As far as the foreign tax credit that the OP referred to, that is for FOREIGN earned income. If, instead, you earn your income in the United States, but live in Peru, you need to pay your US taxes as normal in the US and then afterward file and pay taxes in Peru as well (if you were a resident in Pe...
by gringolandia
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit
Replies: 6
Views: 1867

Re: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit

Like you, my family has full coverage in Peru. And, presumably like you as well, we are residents of Peru. So we're exempt on the basis of our bona fide foreign residency. These are the specific exemption requirements that are relevant: - A U.S. citizen or a resident alien who was physically present...
by gringolandia
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: If you import your car what is the duty.
Replies: 4
Views: 688

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

Import a $5K car? I wouldn't. The shipping cost would not be too bad, but it is still a pain in the ass. If your car is only $5K, I'm guessing it is more than 5 years old? You may not be allowed to import it any case due to its age. And while I don't have the vehicle import tax info on hand with me,...
by gringolandia
Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Benefits to Private School Teachers
Replies: 3
Views: 666

Re: Benefits to Private School Teachers

I think it was his American wife who was the teacher, and even though he spoke Spanish I think he was from another South American country (Columbia?). So I guess I'd go with expat to answer your question. I'll check with my wife who will remember for sure and update this if I'm wrong. EDIT: Actually...
by gringolandia
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Benefits to Private School Teachers
Replies: 3
Views: 666

Re: Benefits to Private School Teachers

What I have heard, with regard to Roosevelt at least, is that teachers can enroll up to two of their children for free. I only know this because I met one teacher with three kids who said he has to have the third child at a different school since he can't afford to pay the Roosevelt tuition.
by gringolandia
Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Carryon Instruments to Peru? Good idea?
Replies: 2
Views: 353

Re: Carryon Instruments to Peru? Good idea?

If by Peru you mean Lima, then humidity can be a real problem. I've had leather items like coats and shoes ruined by the humidity and associated fungal growth, more so by the beach than in the center of Lima though. As far as damage from.being packed as carry-on, I think the risk is minimal if you p...
by gringolandia
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: skype test
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: skype test

International internet access from Lima tends to suck for me from about 6pm-10pm during the week. I speculate that this is due to everyone coming home and turning on Netflix, but I have no particular evidence to back this up. I try to not schedule any important calls for that time period because of ...
by gringolandia
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: DHL scam
Replies: 11
Views: 1691

Re: DHL scam

Yahoo is particularly bad, as their CEO made specific choices to ignore their internal security experts when they requested funds for security enhancements. She basically didn't take security seriously, and the massive breaches that Yahoo has experienced can be directly attributed to the choices she...
by gringolandia
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Discount airline coming to Perú in 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 789

Re: Discount airline coming to Perú in 2017

For me I feel like there are already plenty of cheap flights that pop up on LAN so I guess it doesn't much matter to me. My wife is always on the look out for the deals, and when they pop up she just grabs 'em. This could be good for people who don't have as flexible schedules, though. Also could be...
by gringolandia
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Level with me about moving to Peru?
Replies: 18
Views: 2093

Re: Level with me about moving to Peru?

OP here, just wanted to thank everyone for the responses and explanations. We're still leaning toward moving to Peru but thinking it'll more likely be Arequipa than Lima. We should have about $10-15k saved up by the time we make the move and we're looking into opening a restaurant (possibly a pizze...
by gringolandia
Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Level with me about moving to Peru?
Replies: 18
Views: 2093

Re: Level with me about moving to Peru?

Great answers so far. I agree with everything said. You need to visit Peru to see if you even like it (and not just Lima... at a bare minimum go to Cusco too). And it is very unlikely you can make enough money to live comfortably. As was said, competition is fierce and without a degree you may be at...
by gringolandia
Wed Nov 09, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 5743

Re: USA Election viewing

That all may be true, but the polls are usually pretty good at tracking those things pretty accurately. Maybe they failed this time around to some extent, and I'm sure people will be looking into that. The big question then is how could the polls been so off, to the point that neither Dems nor Repub...
by gringolandia
Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 5743

Re: USA Election viewing

Did your classes bring up the theory that it was a CIA medical experiment? https://www.amazon.com/Was-Jonestown-CIA-Medical-Experiment/dp/0889460132 Of course! University studies routinely teach crackpot conspiracy theories as part of the core curriculum. I also studied how the CIA sets up expat we...
by gringolandia
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 5743

Re: USA Election viewing

The irony of referring to the Jonestown massacre is probably lost on you. No, "drinking the Kool Aid refers to the masses who tow the party line such as your oft repeated mantra "their real motivations are racism, bigotry, or a general disregard for facts". Google it. Jonestown drank...
by gringolandia
Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 5743

Re: USA Election viewing

The irony of referring to the Jonestown massacre is probably lost on you.
by gringolandia
Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 5743

Re: USA Election viewing

Good points, Ironchefchris. With regard to friendships being ruined by political disagreements, I agree it is unfortunate and needless in many cases, but for me it comes down to *why* someone takes a particularly political position than the actual position itself If someone says they'll vote for Tru...

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