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by captcosmic
Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Nazca--are the air tours safe?
Replies: 25
Views: 4284

Re: Nazca--are the air tours safe?

Yes George C had a good routine about plane and the extra words used to make things sound more important. The "non-stop" flight was funny! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdPy5Ikn7dw What I was asking Chi Chi was, actually the same as a secretary saying she works on the building, when she ...
by captcosmic
Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Citibank Credit card
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Citibank Credit card

Does any US expats out there have a US based Citibank visa or master card? Can you make payments at a Citibank "agencia" in Lima to pay the card off while here? Do you have an account (checking or savings) that you can withdrawal and deposit both here and in the US? Thanks!
by captcosmic
Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Nazca--are the air tours safe?
Replies: 25
Views: 4284

Re: Nazca--are the air tours safe?

Did you actually turn a wrench on those planes? No, I was a flight attendant. I wrote a lot of reports in the CTL. Things like seats that came loose during T/O or landing, FAP or AAP panels that gave wrong indications, depleted O2 bottles, missing MRT's and seatbelts and toilet seats that got stole...
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Nazca--are the air tours safe?
Replies: 25
Views: 4284

Re: Nazca--are the air tours safe?

Chi Chi is right about pilot error. However I hope the OP knows that he has a negative opinion on most things, no matter what the topic. I dare to guess that the small planes traversing Peru have a far better record of transporting people than the busses that do the same thing. :) Indeed, I'd rathe...
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 6 days in Cuzco
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: 6 days in Cuzco

Wow. Nice picture! What beautiful blue skies!!
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you wear shoes in your home?
Replies: 26
Views: 2617

Re: Do you wear shoes in your home?

San Borja barely has any dust compared to Sol de La Molina. Here the dust is the biggest issue - it comes down in bucket loads daily from the cerros. I lived in San Borja for a while so I can make a fair comparison. Overall you are right - Lima is dusty, it reminds me of the Middle East. In my home...
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you wear shoes in your home?
Replies: 26
Views: 2617

Re: Do you wear shoes in your home?

ironchefchris wrote:
captcosmic wrote:So you don't have multiple twenty year olds living in your house? :)

Not since I got married. Actually, not since sharing a house with a bunch of other college students.


Bummer. My wife won't me walk around in my PJs either. Or did you mean the 20 year olds?? :D
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Weird Al
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: Weird Al

I haven't seen any of his new videos but read how his latest album went #1, which is a first for him. Looking at photos he hasn't seemed to age. I worked with him once on TV special. He climbed a circus sway pole, played Jimi Hendrix's 'Purple Haze' on accordion while swaying around, and at the end...
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Weird Al
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Weird Al

Has anyone seen Weird Al's new videos. They are destined to become classics IMHO. :) The first three really made me smile. Foil reminds me a couple of guys I know who are in the foil hat society! Mission Statement reminds me of my MBA days. Gotta love Weird Al. http://mashable.com/2014/07/23/weird-a...
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you wear shoes in your home?
Replies: 26
Views: 2617

Re: Do you wear shoes in your home?

I love camping so I'm not worried about the 'ick' factor of traipsing things into the house but I'm usually wearing slippers to give my shoes a breather and for the comfort. It's the closest I'll get to living Hugh Hefner's lifestyle. So you don't have multiple twenty year olds living in your house...
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:05 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvians prefer apartment that offers more than a good p
Replies: 7
Views: 1379

Re: Peruvians prefer apartment that offers more than a good p

Yes. I have read here that a gym membership is really costly in Lima. So a good option, would be a gym in your own condo! Maybe you would use it more often if it was just an elevator ride away, instead of taxi ride away!
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Blood donation in Peru
Replies: 8
Views: 2063

Re: Blood donation in Peru

Wow. I am sorry hear hear about your mom. I think if you would have asked here, the group would have stepped in to help out. I know there was a good showing in the last blood drive. A- is a difficult type to get, even in the states. I have a friend who is A- and he donates regularly. When he calls w...
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:42 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you wear shoes in your home?
Replies: 26
Views: 2617

Re: Do you wear shoes in your home?

My wife insists we wear shoes in Lima. I understand fully why. It is so hard to get control of your environment in Lima. No matter how much you mop the floor dust gets into the house rather quickly. This is especially true in summer months when the windows are open. Not sure about the rest of Lima, ...
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Nazca--are the air tours safe?
Replies: 25
Views: 4284

Re: Nazca--are the air tours safe?

I think the OP was asking if any one has flown on the Nazca planes, and if they felt safe, or did it scare the bejeezus out of them? I am not airplane expert, but I fly regularly on a propeller driven plane into very crazy stuff, and feel perfectly safe. :) Propeller planes are cheaper to operate fo...
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:02 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Blood donation in Peru
Replies: 8
Views: 2063

Re: Blood donation in Peru

My experience with my wife's family is that all the siblings come in and donate blood ahead of any operation. Now emergency services are another thing. I would venture to guess the 5% is used for that? There have been blood drives started here that have met with some success if I remember correctly....
by captcosmic
Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: chains
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Re: chains

"You would never break the chain" :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpVCL00fPAc
by captcosmic
Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: San Bojra
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Re: San Bojra

Thanks Rafael. Best of luck to you in your endeavors in LA!!
by captcosmic
Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:00 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Oqa or Uqa
Replies: 2
Views: 853

Re: Oqa or Uqa

Excellent! Thanks! I have never seen Oqa for sale in the states. Someone told me maybe Colorado?
by captcosmic
Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Chicken wings, hamburgers and pasta in Lima.
Replies: 16
Views: 2083

Re: Chicken wings, hamburgers and pasta in Lima.

Wow. Nice, I did not know that! Funny how they also consider Puerto Rico "international!"
by captcosmic
Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for health insurance / having a baby
Replies: 13
Views: 2029

Re: Options for health insurance / having a baby

Yes .. I think it is pretty cool mine have dual citizenship! I wish my mother had doe that for me. But then again in the 50's there was no internet, just a bus ride to NYC or Chicago to the German embassy!! :)
by captcosmic
Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:25 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Independence day. 21 of July.
Replies: 17
Views: 922

Re: Independence day. 21 of July.

What did you do with the flag from last year? We use the same one every year.
by captcosmic
Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:12 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Chicken wings, hamburgers and pasta in Lima.
Replies: 16
Views: 2083

Re: Chicken wings, hamburgers and pasta in Lima.

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by captcosmic
Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:06 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Chicken wings, hamburgers and pasta in Lima.
Replies: 16
Views: 2083

Re: Chicken wings, hamburgers and pasta in Lima.

Junk food? The OP was just informing the board about choices. The italian places looks very good! I think you did not get to that page before you pronounced them bad for everyone. Oh, and the Italian restaurant's name plate looks awfully familiar. Almost a spitting image of the old Olive Garden sign...
by captcosmic
Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Yarn Store?
Replies: 10
Views: 6708

Re: Yarn Store?

I was looking for my sisters who say baby alpaca yarn goes from $8 to $20 in the states! My wife found four or five very busy stores in Gamarra that sell it for about the equivalent of $28 for 20 fifty gram skeins of baby alpaca. The shops were not on the main drag in Gamarra, but one of the side st...
by captcosmic
Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Welfare in Belgium
Replies: 173
Views: 7303

Re: Welfare in Belgium

Why would you want to prove that? You have seriously schooled us all with your clearly referenced opinions on age discrimination in Belgium, that you are only going to get a single euro for your troubles. Why go to all that trouble? Those job grapes were probably sour anyway! :D
by captcosmic
Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru losing it's shine
Replies: 4
Views: 1133

Re: Peru losing it's shine

I would read it but they want my email address to register. its FREE, well almost free. :(
by captcosmic
Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Welfare in Belgium
Replies: 173
Views: 7303

Re: Welfare in Belgium

I find it inte5sting that some one told you that you could only receive one earo for age discrimination. The Belgium law says: The victim can also choose to claim fixed damages of: six months of salary as moral and material damages, to be reduced to three months salary if the employer proves that t...
by captcosmic
Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Welfare in Belgium
Replies: 173
Views: 7303

Re: Welfare in Belgium

I find it inte5sting that some one told you that you could only receive one earo for age discrimination. The Belgium law says: The victim can also choose to claim fixed damages of: six months of salary as moral and material damages, to be reduced to three months salary if the employer proves that th...
by captcosmic
Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Oqa or Uqa
Replies: 2
Views: 853

Oqa or Uqa

Has anyone tried this delicious tuber? My wife baked us some the other day and my little girl just loved them!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxalis_tuberosa
by captcosmic
Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Welfare in Belgium
Replies: 173
Views: 7303

Re: Welfare in Belgium

It's not that hard to get a job, it took me 3 months to get 3 jobs when i was back 3 years ago. There is lots of foreigners working for very little in the take awsys tho. It depends off your prior work experience, age and qualifications. I've been looking for a job for years. 2 years ago, I travell...
by captcosmic
Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Inheritance in Peru
Replies: 10
Views: 1637

Re: Inheritance in Peru

There is a lawyer who answers questions at times on this board. ABEJORRO is his username. Peruvian inheritance law is based on old Spanish law. But like the above post I would pay a qualified lawyer and take his advice.
by captcosmic
Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Options for health insurance / having a baby
Replies: 13
Views: 2029

Re: Options for health insurance / having a baby

I know this may not be up to date because my twins are four years old. They were born in Lima at a private hospital in Magdalena, I believe. There were two OBGyNs delivering the babies. Each baby had their own pediatrician and there were a gaggle of nurses as well in the OR. My wife was in the hospi...
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Welfare in Belgium
Replies: 173
Views: 7303

Re: Welfare in Belgium

Out of curiousity how do Americans feel about the European welfare systems? I sometimes get the impression that a large amount think of it as something pretty evil, especially the those that lean to the right. Just from listening to half the rubbish that gets mentioned on news channels like Fox and...
by captcosmic
Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:57 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How to get rid of land invadors?
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: How to get rid of land invadors?

So what you are saying is maybe.. just maybe there are people who might want to live in tents, or boxes, or a caravan, or under a bridge? People who don't want to live in an apartment? But shouldn't the all powerful and knowing socialistic government, the same one that knows what is best for everyon...
by captcosmic
Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How to get rid of land invadors?
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: How to get rid of land invadors?

Do it the Belgian way... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2695839/Gypsies-driven-Belgian-town-DJ-playing-Dire-Straits-blast.html Those poor people. They are just wanting a place to live, somewhere to park they caravans. How could that mayor be so cruel! I think mayor is some kind of monster!...
by captcosmic
Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Mt. Dew
Replies: 11
Views: 1469

Re: Mt. Dew

Come one it is just a can of Mt. Dew. Yes it is full of sugar, and is probably bad for me. But I don't have it flowing through my veins! :) I was just happy I could get a little taste of the US. :lol: You don't always have to ruin a guy's high with your negativity? :(
by captcosmic
Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Is Peru becoming a Muslim country?
Replies: 8
Views: 3414

Re: Is Peru becoming a Muslim country?

Chichi's article states there are 400 Muslims in Lima. With a population of about 8.5 million, that represents 0.0047% of the population. I think there are much more tan 400 Muslims in Peru and the amount is growing too. If there were only 400 Muslims then there won't be so many organisations for t...
by captcosmic
Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:04 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Is Peru becoming a Muslim country?
Replies: 8
Views: 3414

Re: Is Peru becoming a Muslim country?

http://www.islamicbulletin.org/newsletters/issue_14/peru.aspx Islam is the most popular and most growing religión in the world. In Europe and the US a record number of people are converting to Islam after 9/11. http://www.sultan.org/articles/convert.html http://myfellowamerican.us/stories/american_...
by captcosmic
Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:58 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Mt. Dew
Replies: 11
Views: 1469

Re: Mt. Dew

Man you guys have been holding out on me. I really like Inka Cola, but it ain't like doing the Dew. :) :)
by captcosmic
Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Mt. Dew
Replies: 11
Views: 1469

Mt. Dew

Not sure if there are any Mt. Dew fans out there. But my wife just bought three cans at Tottus! It was the only three left! Any one else seen them around?
by captcosmic
Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The most dangerous and brutal terrorists in the world
Replies: 53
Views: 2368

Re: The most dangerous and brutal terrorists in the world

The Palestinians had a chance at a cease fire. They do not want peace. They just want to kill Israelis.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/15/world/mea ... st-crisis/
by captcosmic
Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: San Bojra
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Re: San Bojra

Thank you both! :)
by captcosmic
Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:51 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: San Bojra
Replies: 8
Views: 998

San Bojra

Do any of you all live in San Borja? If you do, whats the best area in your humble opinion?
by captcosmic
Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:56 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Home for sale!
Replies: 4
Views: 862

Re: Home for sale!

Thanks!! We posted it in the paper on a sunday and the now owner called on Monday. He came to see it thrice, and bought it. It took almost three weeks to come to an agreement. Mostly due to the fact of the how much taxes he did not want to pay. We wound up lowering the sales price to offset his tax ...
by captcosmic
Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:47 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Now wash your hands!
Replies: 8
Views: 596

Re: Now wash your hands!

Did someone mention "hovering?" :) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/17/toilet-seat-liners-covers-pointless-bacteria-germs_n_5500416.html I know this is not an issue in most places in Lima. They don't have the liners, much less seats! Well some of the chains have seats in their toilets...
by captcosmic
Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Now wash your hands!
Replies: 8
Views: 596

Re: Now wash your hands!

I read a novel years ago, about a guy who had his family killed by terrorists in Belfast I believe. To get them back, he infected US currency with a highly contagious disease. He then sent them the cash as a donation. The plague only kills the female side of the population. I think it is called The ...
by captcosmic
Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:04 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Home for sale!
Replies: 4
Views: 862

Re: Home for sale!

SOLD!! :) :) :)
by captcosmic
Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvians prefer apartment that offers more than a good p
Replies: 7
Views: 1379

Re: Peruvians prefer apartment that offers more than a good p

Sounds pretty sweet to me!! An apartment and you get the good amenities all to yourself! :lol:
by captcosmic
Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:08 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvians prefer apartment that offers more than a good p
Replies: 7
Views: 1379

Re: Peruvians prefer apartment that offers more than a good p

Looks like Peruvians are starting to look at free time as well. Not just a place to hold up in while they are not at work! :)

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