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by jude
Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Chileans treating travelers... coldness and xenofobia.
Replies: 23
Views: 3386

Re: Chileans treating travelers... coldness and xenofobia.

Trying to get more of a person asking for more money than the price is qute common in Peru and have nothing to do with xenophobia.. It happens to me all the time too.. and I am not a gringo.. but sometimes looks like someone with a lot of money.. Really? So you often read a menu in a restaurant, or...
by jude
Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Chileans treating travelers... coldness and xenofobia.
Replies: 23
Views: 3386

Re: Chileans treating travelers... coldness and xenofobia.

I wasn't clear in my previous post. The actually border crossing was no problem, what I was talking about were my experiences traveling in Chile vs Peru with poor Spanish. The experience with someone deliberately short changing me after paying for a ticket was at the Flores bus station in Tacna and ...
by jude
Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvian mentality is meant for Humala..by Limeno
Replies: 33
Views: 8598

Re: Peruvian mentality is meant for Humala..by Limeno

Let's be real. Keiko didn't earn those votes based on her experience or her manifesto. Many, perhaps most, of those who voted for her did so because they believe that she'll pardon her dad and he'll be the one really running the show.
by jude
Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Chileans treating travelers... coldness and xenofobia.
Replies: 23
Views: 3386

Re: Chileans treating travelers... coldness and xenofobia.

A Peruvian trashing Chileans? How unexpected. If you'd bothered to read the whole thread you'd have seen that the vast majority of people disagreed with the premise of the first poster. That's also been my experience. During my first trip to Chile I knew very little Spanish yet everyone I dealt with...
by jude
Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: advice on working in Cusco
Replies: 1
Views: 376

Re: advice on working in Cusco

Lots of foreigners are working illegally in Cusco, not that I condone it. Wages are likely to be low, as there are plenty of backpackers who just want to make enough to hang around for a couple of months. There are even people who volunteer in hostels, they work the reception or a few shifts at the ...
by jude
Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvians denied entry to US for arrest?
Replies: 22
Views: 3386

Re: Peruvians denied entry to US for arrest?

Visa aside, I'd be concerned about leaving a baby in the care of someone who is a perpetrator of domestic violence. You better hope the kid doesn't cry too much, or displease her in another way, or he's likely to be in for a world of hurt.
by jude
Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: practical safety tips and ideas only thread
Replies: 32
Views: 5884

Re: practical safety tips and ideas only thread

I'm with KenBE on this, I find the idea really offensive that those who are victims of crimes somehow brought it upon themselves due to karma or because they attracted it due to bad vibes. It's a bizarre New Age way of blaming the victim.
by jude
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Popular tourist restaurants in Lima?
Replies: 20
Views: 3905

Re: Popular tourist restaurants in Lima?

Not a restaurant, but Starbucks might be another good place for your brochures.
by jude
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian taboos
Replies: 81
Views: 16091

Re: Peruvian taboos

Americans are VERY bad at relationships and have the highest rates of singles and divorces in the world. I don't know the divorce rate of Peru but Americans have 15x more divorce than Mexico and 19x than Brazil. Why would I be with people who are so bad with relationships? Well, by that logic why s...
by jude
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bookstores
Replies: 4
Views: 603

Re: Bookstores

Try South American Explorers. They have new and used books for sale, and if you're a member you can borrow books from their library.
by jude
Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TACA Follows Lan - $178 Fee for Non-Residents
Replies: 7
Views: 2456

TACA Follows Lan - $178 Fee for Non-Residents

TACA no longer allows non-residents to buy "promo fares", the cheapest ones, for internal travel within Peru. Same deal as Lan, if a non-resident buys one, they'll be slapped with a $178 fee at the airport.
by jude
Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: About Time:Inca image changed to Moche Tourism
Replies: 5
Views: 1066

Re: About Time:Inca image changed to Moche Tourism

I'm very pleased by this decision to use a Moche image. There are absolutely amazing sites to visit on the North Coast and it's a great shame that more tourists don't visit that part of Peru. The recently opened museum at Huaca de la Luna is superb, as is the one at El Brujo, not to mention the fact...
by jude
Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LAN Lima to Easter Island Flights
Replies: 8
Views: 2597

LAN Lima to Easter Island Flights

In January LAN will start flying directly from Lima to Easter Island twice a week. To promote this new route LAN is offering some highly discounted fares on their website. I snagged a Lima-Easter Island return for $300 which is an excellent price. So if Easter Island has been on your wish list for a...
by jude
Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LAN. 18 million people can't be wrong. Or can they?
Replies: 4
Views: 1309

Re: LAN. 18 million people can't be wrong. Or can they?

I've been extremely happy with LAN's international service. They have a modern fleet, and the customer service has been far better than comparably priced carriers such as AA. As far as domestic flights go, I certainly appreciate that they have much better coverage and more flights that any other air...
by jude
Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: NY Times Article. Eliane Karp confronts Yale University
Replies: 49
Views: 12789

Re: NY Times Article. Eliane Karp confronts Yale University

He has a point. There's not a single archaeological site of any significance in Peru that hasn't been looted. If you drive along the Panamerican highway you can see looter's pits from the road! They're also visible using google earth. It's not just poor locals out for a few soles either. It's fairly...
by jude
Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Which banks in the US don't charge ATM fees overseas?
Replies: 34
Views: 4528

Re: Which banks in the US don't charge ATM fees overseas?

Bank of America also has no fee checking if you keep an average daily balance of at least $1500. I opened my account in person and have never paid a monthly fee. If you have a paypal account it might also be worthwhile to get a debit card. They charge $1 per withdrawal. That's a useful backup if the...
by jude
Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What's Love Got to Do With It???
Replies: 28
Views: 6220

Re: WHATS LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT???

Congratulations Tupac! It's been a while since I looked at it, but my understanding is that there are some issues with collecting survivors benefits longterm if the widow is a non-US citizen, and also not living in the US. I'd definitely suggest doing some careful reading of social security guidelin...
by jude
Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Coffee table book about Lima
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Re: Coffee table book about Lima

It doesn't go back as far as the 50s, but Lima Peru, edited by Mario Testino might be worth a look.
by jude
Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 108453

Re: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee

I find the logic of the email quoted by Cajun Jamie quite bizarre. They're apparently annoyed by gringo prices, but in the one instance that apparently works in their favor they think it's great. I'm not so sure. It seems to me that anything that encourages the idea that gringos have loads of money,...
by jude
Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Younger American Ex Pats???
Replies: 31
Views: 6942

Re: Younger American Ex Pats???

My Peruvian best friend's Peruvian husband attempted to rape me three years ago, so no, I don't think it's insecure. If best friend's husband's can't be trusted, then I can't trust people I don't know . Sorry to hear about that. I wouldn't let people I don't know into my house either, but I assumed...
by jude
Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Murdering for fat?
Replies: 15
Views: 2643

Re: Murdering for fat?

The idea that the human fat is sold in Europe for cosmetic use is, of course, nonsense. It does, however, fit with the pishtaco myth, as pishtacos are white. It's a myth that is still very much alive, as Tomsax indicated. I personally know archaeologists and even a peace corp volunteer who had to le...
by jude
Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: INDECOPI Investigating LAN Discriminatory Charges
Replies: 19
Views: 3761

Re: INDECOPI Investigating LAN Discriminatory Charges

I think it's highly unlikely that the higher fares will damage tourism to Cusco. Foreign tourists will grumble a bit, but will pay up because it's worth it to them to avoid the long bus ride. The damage in tourism is more likely to hit lesser known provinces. For example a tourist may decide to visi...
by jude
Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: StarPeru turned lemons into lemonade
Replies: 33
Views: 5558

Re: StarPeru turned lemons into lemonade

$450 is absolutely right. That's the fare, including taxes, if you book a round trip ticket from Lima to Cusco using the US version of the LAN website. It is true that a non-resident using the Peruvian website can book the "base plus" fare, for around $250, but the average tourist isn't go...
by jude
Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:32 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Burger King Peru
Replies: 60
Views: 12979

Re: Burger King Peru

The ketchup thing is annoying, but on the upside you can get mayo with your fries. Trying asking for that in a US-based McDonald's and see what happens.
by jude
Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Younger American Ex Pats???
Replies: 31
Views: 6942

Re: Younger American Ex Pats???

I agree it's good to sometimes get together with just women, or just guys, as the case may be. But, your husband won't allow men in your house??? That sounds awfully insecure on his part.
by jude
Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking for a hairdresser for man (I mean a good one)
Replies: 9
Views: 1185

Re: Looking for a hairdresser for man (I mean a good one)

50 soles sounds like a bargain if you walk out with an excellent cut that makes you feel super attractive for the rest of the day. It's one of the great things about Peru, sure you can get some services super cheap, there are certainly much cheaper hairdresser's, but you can also pay a little more a...
by jude
Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: yoga in Arequips
Replies: 5
Views: 1337

Re: yoga in Arequips

I'd avoid that studio. It's owned by unpleasant people who post spam.
by jude
Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: StarPeru turned lemons into lemonade
Replies: 33
Views: 5558

Re: StarPeru turned lemons into lemonade

It'll be really interesting to see how this all turns out. Whatever the outcome I'm still going to choose StarPeru over LAN as I've been less than impressed by the way that LAN has behaved over all this. Not only that StarPeru appears to be trying really hard to give great customer service, somethin...
by jude
Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Civil unrest near Mancora?
Replies: 8
Views: 1621

Re: Civil unrest near Mancora?

It's the same anywhere that relies heavily on tourism. Worrying stories are suppressed because nobody wants to damage the local economy. Well that, and the average journalist is completely lazy, he'd much rather have a good meal and write up some gossip rather than actually do any real reporting.
by jude
Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What are the Legal Responsibility of Spouse Visa Guarantor ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2730

I know a little about this as I got a green card through marriage a few years ago. It sounds like you're being asked to sign form I-130 Affidavit of Support. Here's a copy http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-134.pdf It is one of the forms that needs to be filed to bring an alien spouse to the US. Basi...
by jude
Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Heading to Iquitos, what precautions should I take.
Replies: 9
Views: 4137

Personally I'm a mosquito magnet so always take anti-malaria tablets when in and around Iquitos. Plenty of people don't bother, so if you don't you'll probably be alright. Either way take lots of deet and check your mosquito net carefully before going to bed. Yellow fever vaccination is probably ove...
by jude
Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Now we open even Sunday lunch!
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

Excellent.

As you may know Chicken Tikka Masala is the national dish of England.
by jude
Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Now we open even Sunday lunch!
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

That looks really good. A question though, is the vindaloo properly hot?
by jude
Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: My mouth got me in trouble again
Replies: 60
Views: 7305

She is doing her job and she has a chance of getting a commission. I think it's more the sister in law who's doing her a favor by giving her a client. There are so many travel agencies here... I agree with Anuta here. It seemed to me that Cajun Jamie was trying to do a family member a favor by thro...
by jude
Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Private Schools - Cusco
Replies: 12
Views: 5965

Peruvian adolescents aren't exactly paragons of virtue. There's plenty of access to sex, drugs and alcohol in Cusco. Have you checked the statistics on teenage pregnancy in Peru? Your teenage daughter is going to receive lots of attention (as all the younger women on this forum will confirm), probab...
by jude
Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:28 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 108453

Gerard, the base price can go as low as $51 each way, and the taxes are also higher on the base plus. I just checked a Lima Cusco round trip for next week and the price difference including taxes is over $100. Base is $133.26, base plus $261. Star Peru and TACA both offer non-discriminatory fares to...
by jude
Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Private Schools - Cusco
Replies: 12
Views: 5965

The universities in Cusco aren't very good or well-respected outside of the Cusco area. Some in Lima are OK, especially la catolica, but I'd say your teenager would be much better off returning to the UK for university. Academic standards are higher, and perhaps more importantly, if you kid decides ...
by jude
Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Star Gazing in Peru
Replies: 9
Views: 2229

It's true about the Inca seeing images in the spaces between the stars. For an accessible overview see Bauer's Astronomy and Empire in the Ancient Andes.
by jude
Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I need a nice Machu Picchu Travel Agenda
Replies: 18
Views: 3778

It's hard to visit MP and have it to yourself. My first visit was in 1988 and there were a bunch of people there then! Definitely a fun place to celebrate my nineteenth birthday though. It's actually fairly quiet during the late afternoon, after three or so until the site closes. By that time day-tr...
by jude
Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Open a business in Peru
Replies: 41
Views: 12085

I'm with Markr on this. What you're proposing just seems really unethical.

Aside from anything else it's relatively easy to get an investor visa for Peru. (Well, aside from the life-draining paperwork.) Do it the right way, pay your taxes, make a real contribution to Peru.
by jude
Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Hierbabuena
Replies: 14
Views: 3274

Glad you liked it, I've always had a good time there. Also agree the owners are lovely people.
by jude
Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Will Peruvian food conquer the world?
Replies: 29
Views: 8187

Last year when I was in San Francisco Peruvian food was the new trendy thing. There were at least 10 restaurants ranging from hole in the wall places to Gaston's. There's even a chifa Peruano! That tells me that there's a market for Peruvian food. Probably not a mass market as the same city has mass...
by jude
Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Hierbabuena
Replies: 14
Views: 3274

If you're interested in vegetarian organic food then AlmaZen Cafe in Miraflores is worth a try. The menu changes based on what's fresh and seasonal, but there are always at least a couple of salads to choose from. There's a review with photos on Living in Peru: http://www.livinginperu.com/gastronomy...
by jude
Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why Peru? From a Peruvian perspective.
Replies: 48
Views: 5282

It was not my intention to insult or be insensitive to American women in Peru who are divorced, had abortions and/or homo sex. I could have calibrated my wording differently. That's completely disingenuous. I don't fall into any of those categories (especially not American - the horror!), and found...
by jude
Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:37 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 108453

Depends where you're flying. Lima to Cusco round trip is more like $100 more expensive. If you take LAN's nice suggestion to book using the US or European version of their site then it's more like $300 more expensive.
by jude
Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 108453

LAN is having a laugh. The joke will be on them if this continues to get attention from the media and travelers. I'm certainly boycotting them, and will use any influence I have to encourage others to do the same. As part of my job I advise students traveling to Peru during the summer on study tours...
by jude
Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reasons Why I Became "Peruvian" - Peruvian Citizen
Replies: 60
Views: 14156

The first poster was married to a Peruvian when he got citizenship. A Peruvian married to an American can also get US citizenship fairly easily.
by jude
Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 108453

Star Peru and TACA both fly to Cusco. They only have two or three flights a day, so are less convenient than LAN. But given the pricing change it's Star Peru all the way. Maybe they could take advantage of this idiocy by LAN and expand.
by jude
Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 108453

This is seriously absurd. Super expensive tickets or surprise surcharges at the ticket counter aren't exactly going to do great things for tourism. I'm going to Iquitos with friends in October and if they book using the US version of the Lan site the ticket price is $454 round trip, versus $128 for ...
by jude
Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Planning on moving to Peru
Replies: 30
Views: 4980

Do you speak fluent Spanish? How much time have you spent in Peru in the past? How well do you know your husband's family, and do you get along with them well? Even with fluent Spanish, and even if there are no problems with the extended family, it's going to be a big adjustment. Frankly I feel sorr...

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