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by captcosmic
Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:37 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Better Bargain Than Back Home
Replies: 35
Views: 6096

Re: Better Bargain Than Back Home

I wonder as well. I know it does not cost any more to import the crap we call consumer goods from Chine to Peru than it does from China to the US. So how can the Chinese stuff be more expensive in Peru than the US? Lack of competition? As for the OP's question, eating out is much cheaper in Peru. Ba...
by captcosmic
Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Education
Replies: 55
Views: 4797

Re: Education

My niece who paid $50,000 did so with scholarships and savings. No student loans. The point was my post however was, if you pick a trade or pay handsomely for an Ivy league school, if you don't choose the right career you won't earn as much as you think. Yes even if it is something you love, if the...
by captcosmic
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Air Travel in simpler times
Replies: 24
Views: 2697

Re: Air Travel in simpler times

Well, maybe you haven't flown some of the better airlines in First Class, can be pretty good. But you still have to stand the same long line at security and you are subjected to the same security checks and wait at the long line at immigration together with the backpackers. Whether you fly economy ...
by captcosmic
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Education
Replies: 55
Views: 4797

Re: Education

My niece who paid $50,000 did so with scholarships and savings. No student loans. The point was my post however was, if you pick a trade or pay handsomely for an Ivy league school, if you don't choose the right career you won't earn as much as you think. Yes even if it is something you love, if ther...
by captcosmic
Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Education
Replies: 55
Views: 4797

Re: Education

I started out with a technical career in the military. Carried on with that for several years after I got out. Then went and got a college degree in engineering, which I have been doing for 20 years now, in several different fields. I still work with technicians, and can pitch in a do technical hand...
by captcosmic
Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Air Travel in simpler times
Replies: 24
Views: 2697

Re: Air Travel in simpler times

The last one was this, in case any one missed it: "Flights cost more. A LOT more According to the Wall Street Journal, the average round trip domestic ticket in 1980 cost $592.55. Even with bag fees, water fees, oxygen fees and whatever other fee Spirit charges, the average cost in 2010 was $33...
by captcosmic
Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:14 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Government School UK Budget 4 million a year v Peru, 400k s/
Replies: 6
Views: 1079

Re: Government School UK Budget 4 million a year v Peru, 400k s/

Here is some interesting data on educational expenses per country. You can use the pane on the left to look at the stats differently.

http://data.uis.unesco.org/?queryid=181

Just remember some one once said, "Statistics can be made to prove anything, even the truth. " :lol:
by captcosmic
Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Finally Getting Married
Replies: 31
Views: 4109

Re: Finally Getting Married

"Southern Comfort"...Sent me this little love note in a PM concerning my last comment in this post: "Hi, What are you whining about? This is not your forum you are free to find some place else to go. Your comment only flames others to continue off topic, your comment contributes to th...
by captcosmic
Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Finally Getting Married
Replies: 31
Views: 4109

Re: Finally Getting Married

I agree with things going so far off topic it is crazy. The OP did not want to know about what others thought of the institution of marriage, but help in getting what he has decided to do already. People should chime in if they have something helpful to say. Not just to push each other buttons. This...
by captcosmic
Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Finally Getting Married
Replies: 31
Views: 4109

Re: Finally Getting Married

djuergar, sorry. I did not see your post! I will PM you with some info that might be helpful. :)
by captcosmic
Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has ExPatPeru lost its original focus?
Replies: 10
Views: 1279

Re: Has ExPatPeru lost its original focus?

I have not been here on a long time. Good to see some one mentioned the 800 pound llama in the blog. I gleamed a lot of information here, but comments are normally ignored due to fighting of the prominent members. Recently if some one asks something I might be of help with, I just PM them on the sid...
by captcosmic
Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: job application
Replies: 5
Views: 504

Re: job application

The only off the record job I ever had was cutting grass, and doing odd jobs Even washing dishes I paid social security and taxes back in the day. I always thought that is how it works when you are a "professional." You are in demand and you have a good resume. But I would also guess if yo...
by captcosmic
Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Finally Getting Married
Replies: 31
Views: 4109

Re: Finally Getting Married

I know when my wife, a Peruvian, and I got married it was quit easy. I flew in the day before. We got married the next day. Had a nice party that lasted well into the morning of the next day! The rest of the two weeks we were on our honeymoon. I did not do a blood test or anything else except get my...
by captcosmic
Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:03 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: electric plugs
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: electric plugs

Here are a couple of pictures so you can see what to look for when using a computer related device, or any wall transformer in Peru. They should all have some kind of labeling on them, stating their input voltage, frequency (50 or 60 Hz) and how much current it draws in amps. If it says 100 to 120 V...
by captcosmic
Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: HELP: How to become a resident in Peru?
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: HELP: How to become a resident in Peru?

Not sure if the OP knows it or not, but Google has a pretty cool translation page. Maybe you already know this but it can do whole pages on the internet, not just words and phrases! Just copy and paste the link to the left hand box on this page: https://translate.google.com/ Selected the original la...
by captcosmic
Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reality check for most gringos hoping to make it in Peru
Replies: 6
Views: 1089

Re: Reality check for most gringos hoping to make it in Peru

Chi Chi, Thanks for the insight. I am an American who is married to a woman from Lima. It has been so frustrating trying to get her citizenship here in the U.S., I am leaning towards moving there. I have an eclectic background to say the least but I believe you can't get enough information about wh...
by captcosmic
Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dishwashers
Replies: 11
Views: 1271

Re: Dishwashers

Very easy to do.i am an electrician from australia living peru and can fix washing machines clothes dryers and dishwashers,so if you need anything fixed or need advice drop me a line.as for plumbing it in it is very simple.if you have a garbage disposal unit in your sink there is a hose outlet you ...
by captcosmic
Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Mt. Dew
Replies: 11
Views: 1497

Re: Mt. Dew

NICE!! Gotta love doing the DEW! :lol: :lol: :lol:
by captcosmic
Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:07 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Old Passport Number
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: Old Passport Number

I had the same problem a few years back. I wrote to the passport office in Washington D.C. and got a copy of all my old issued passports. I took a while but was worth the effort. Bobby :D Bobby, excellent! Did not know you could do that, or that the government would do that for you! Did you have to...
by captcosmic
Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dishwashers
Replies: 11
Views: 1271

Re: Dishwashers

Hi I had mine made by my plumber. If he could do it I am VERY sure any Peruvian plumber can do the same for you. Also try looking in Sodimac or Maestro Home center. I would also go to Herioka (Spelled Wrong) there is one in Miraflores. Bobby :D Thanks guys!! I would prefer a real one not hand made....
by captcosmic
Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dishwashers
Replies: 11
Views: 1271

Dishwashers

I was looking to buy a dishwasher. Not because I wanted one, and no i do not have a maid, but because my wife wanted one. She is Peruvian, not a gringa. No one knows how to install one. The very "uppity" girl at the Bosch store said, "Don't worry it is easy." When I asked her how...
by captcosmic
Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: PERUVIAN ODDITIES
Replies: 18
Views: 2635

Re: PERUVIAN ODDITIES

Agridd, I bet if you have lived in the states or maybe England or most anywhere, you have questioned, "why do they do that? It is just crazy the way they do ______________." Maybe the OP was a little uppity, but maybe, like the can opener reasoning, he can find method in his/her perception...
by captcosmic
Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: PERUVIAN ODDITIES
Replies: 18
Views: 2635

Re: PERUVIAN ODDITIES

argidd wrote:Where the heck in Peru do you live? As a Peruvian, I feel insulted, to be honest.


Which one of us? :)
by captcosmic
Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Old Passport Number
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: Old Passport Number

Will officials pop your thumb drive into their computers (virus concerns?) and accept your documents or did you just print them out? I print them out normally. The last time I emailed it to our lawyer and she carried it to the notary. So there is progress. :) I encrypt the thumb drive as well with ...
by captcosmic
Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Choquequirao
Replies: 5
Views: 1471

Re: Choquequirao

Wow.. thanks!! Excellent info!!
by captcosmic
Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Old Passport Number
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: Old Passport Number

Having a thumb drive with a scanned document has saved me on more than one occasion. Like they say, "Guerra avisada no mata gente." :lol:
by captcosmic
Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: PERUVIAN ODDITIES
Replies: 18
Views: 2635

Re: PERUVIAN ODDITIES

Me, I have always wondered about the missing toilet seats. I was at a nice ceviche restaurant the other day and the mens toilet did not have a seat. It was a nice place where some one just cant walk off the street and steal the seat. Why in the name of decency doesn't the owner pony up and buy a new...
by captcosmic
Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Need help posting a youtube video
Replies: 8
Views: 620

Re: Need help posting a youtube video

Yea, the 43rd Group of the Spanish Air Force. stationed in Madrid. Looks like they can do three thing really well. Fight fires, fly their butts off and make good videos!
by captcosmic
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Need help posting a youtube video
Replies: 8
Views: 620

Re: Need help posting a youtube video

Nice! All that because of an "s" ? :) Did you see the video??...one of my favorites.
by captcosmic
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Old Passport Number
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Old Passport Number

While trying to get the stamp to sign a contract in Peru, they wanted to see my old passport. It seemed perfectly reasonable to them as in Peru you have a stamp and they write your old number down on the renewed passport. Furthermore, I married with that "other" passport number so they nee...
by captcosmic
Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Need help posting a youtube video
Replies: 8
Views: 620

Re: Need help posting a youtube video

Link posting seems to work. But between the youtube quotes does not do much. :(
by captcosmic
Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: I want to buy a Panasonic Lumix FZ 200 camera
Replies: 14
Views: 2036

Re: I want to buy a Panasonic Lumix FZ 200 camera

Thanks! Very good links! :lol:
by captcosmic
Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Adoption
Replies: 13
Views: 1171

Re: Adoption

If you are an american citizen, and you adopt a child under 18 on foriegn soil, they become us citizens. If you adopt on us soil, they have to be 15 or under. And i would not ghink it a good idea to adopt a child to "give them away. " IMHO.
by captcosmic
Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:58 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru accelerates pending expulsion of undocumented aliens
Replies: 11
Views: 1778

Re: Peru accelerates pending expulsion of undocumented aliens

:D It depends where they give that permanent residency right? Lurigancho is not quite Miraflores. :D
by captcosmic
Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru accelerates pending expulsion of undocumented aliens
Replies: 11
Views: 1778

Re: Peru accelerates pending expulsion of undocumented aliens

So if it is not a crime, like speeding, why do they give you a fine for overstaying? I am sure it is not a felony, but at least a misdemeanor or the Peruvian legal equivalent, surely? What if you cannot pay the $1 per day? I have read that you will be held until your debt is paid.
by captcosmic
Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Quechua Online Course..FREE
Replies: 2
Views: 565

Re: Quechua Online Course..FREE

Guiri wrote:http://www.quechua.org.uk/

Thats another interesting site to known and hear how its spoken :)


Excellent. I hear my wife speak it all the time, but even though I speak spanish way too fast, it seems even more machinegun like to me when spoken. Thanks though, I had not seen that page.
by captcosmic
Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:12 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: I want to buy a Panasonic Lumix FZ 200 camera
Replies: 14
Views: 2036

Re: I want to buy a Panasonic Lumix FZ 200 camera

@Chef.. Do you have a model or models you are looking at? Seems like there is always something new hoping along. My DSLR is still only an 8MP format. Just fine for me. I take mostly shots of the kids and an occasional weather shot from inside a storms. :) RIght the only thing I don't like is the bul...
by captcosmic
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dishwasher
Replies: 10
Views: 1153

Re: Dishwasher

Thanks everyone for the tips. I guess if the dish washing soap is available in Wong, they are becoming a little more common. And as for the brand she will buy, I will have little or no influence. :) It will be Bosch no matter what I say. :)
by captcosmic
Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru accelerates pending expulsion of undocumented aliens
Replies: 11
Views: 1778

Re: Peru accelerates pending expulsion of undocumented aliens

I think that if they start deporting gringos that are working illegally in Peru, then Peruvians will have to fork out much more money to attend English language courses as there will be few English teachers left. The few remaining English teachers will beef up their prices as most of the 'competiti...
by captcosmic
Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Electromagnetic pulses from outer space...
Replies: 11
Views: 969

Re: Electromagnetic pulses from outer space...

I guess the US has well behaved dogs. :)
by captcosmic
Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Electromagnetic pulses from outer space...
Replies: 11
Views: 969

Re: Electromagnetic pulses from outer space...

It does not seem electromagnetic pulses are even on the list. With your chances of being run over walking at 1 in 723 (in the US), I would not worry about EMP from the sun. I would make sure the street is safe before crossing would greatly extend your life, especially walking around Lima. :lol: http...
by captcosmic
Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Quechua Online Course..FREE
Replies: 2
Views: 565

Quechua Online Course..FREE

Since my wife speaks only Quechua with my mother in law, I was wanting to learn a little. At least to say good morning, or how are you, would be nice. I found this free course that might do the trick for me. Another language might not all fit in my head, but maybe a phrase or two can find room! http...
by captcosmic
Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:38 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Quote
Replies: 0
Views: 236

Quote

Most Americans know the quote attributed to Revolutionary War colonel William Prescott, "Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes." However most probably do not know he had a grandson, William H. Prescott who said, "If no man could become rich in Peru, no man could become po...
by captcosmic
Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dishwasher
Replies: 10
Views: 1153

Re: Dishwasher

Yes Bosch seems to be "the" brand of the very few that are sold in Peru. My wife is as well "sold" to them being the best, even though they are not the best rated in the US. I know there are vast model differences between US and Peru. The only other real brands I see are Electrol...
by captcosmic
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dishwasher
Replies: 10
Views: 1153

Dishwasher

Anyone bought a dishwasher lately, or in the past they have gotten good service out of? Any guidance, other than forget that and wash them by hand, would be appreciated! :)
by captcosmic
Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Fruit List English/Spanish
Replies: 21
Views: 5657

Re: Fruit List English/Spanish

Thanks! Will be looking forward to what you find out!
by captcosmic
Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:50 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: US Embassy Employment
Replies: 1
Views: 1071

US Embassy Employment

Not sure if the US expat community knows this or not. But the US Embassy has what they call "local employment (LE)" opportunities. Currently there is one job open for a cartographer. Might be worth looking into at various times. http://lima.usembassy.gov/job_opportunites.html Here is the i...
by captcosmic
Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:00 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: DIGEMIN Incompetence and injustice exposed on peruvian tv
Replies: 10
Views: 951

Re: DIGEMIN Incompetence and injustice exposed on peruvian tv

The first two cases, I would say, are very good examples on why you should follow the rules. Doing things underhanded, or trying to get around the system, as some recommend here, can only cause you problems. Look at the US. We know that the illegals in the US are not all criminals. Well technically ...

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