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by jude
Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:14 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Glacier Melt in the Andes
Replies: 3
Views: 1070

Actually quite the opposite. The warming trend referenced in the article was fairly mild, and it resulted in less harsh winters, meaning that the climate was more hospitable for growing crops, etc. This time around it's much more severe, Peruvian glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, so much so ...
by jude
Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Question for the Brits
Replies: 4
Views: 668

Another idea might be to open an account with Scotiabank. They are part of a global ATM alliance with Barclays (lots of UK ATMs), so you can use a Scotiabank card at a Barclays ATM without paying fees. I think I read elsewhere that you graduated from college recently, do you still have a student ID ...
by jude
Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why I will NEVER fly Spirit Air and not reccomend them
Replies: 41
Views: 14674

I've never flown Spirit Air, and based on the above stories I never will. I've found TACA and COPA to be pretty good, they are reasonably cheap, and everyone I've dealt with has always been helpful and friendly.
by jude
Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: transportation safety, details.
Replies: 9
Views: 3350

There's not really a problem with safety getting a cab from within the Cusco airport, problems can arise from getting cabs out in the street. In any event your hotel should be able to arrange a safe cab from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to wherever else you need to go.
by jude
Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Business Opportunities
Replies: 7
Views: 1584

Perhaps a better way to start a discussion would be to post one of your business ideas. I think the first post got largely ignored because it seemed like a lazy fishing expedition, as if you wanted other people to do the research and then tell you how you could "make money fast" in Peru.
by jude
Thu May 21, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: heartbroken by cheating peruvian boyfriend
Replies: 62
Views: 39702

That's a horrible story, hope you feel better soon. At least you found out how awful this man and his whole family are before marrying into it, or having a child. It would have been pretty hellish to have a mother in law giving you talks about how great her son is while at the same time she helps hi...
by jude
Mon May 18, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Scotia Bank ATM
Replies: 25
Views: 9125

That's really annoying, I use Scotiabank because they don't charge a fee with my Bank of America ATM, which means it's economical to withdraw small amounts on a frequent basis. I really don't want to end up paying $5 to take out $50.
by jude
Mon May 18, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: My personal Credit Crisis!
Replies: 10
Views: 2556

Quite right, mruffolo! Gringas really are awful.

They do terrible things like calling the police if their husbands hit them. Some of them even divorce abusive men! And then have the audacity to expect those poor victimized guys to pay child support. That's truly unjust.
by jude
Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: learning spanish with coversation
Replies: 20
Views: 4562

It was probably the South American Explorers Club.
by jude
Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Caral: Can anyone recommend a travel plan?
Replies: 8
Views: 2131

Stuart, are low priced tours available from Lima? Last time I looked at this I could only find private tours that cost over $100 per person which seemed a bit excessive.
by jude
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian exit poll
Replies: 38
Views: 4930

I think there's a big difference between dreaming of leaving and actually doing it. It's a big step to leave your country for another, and most people aren't going to do it without a very compelling reason. So, I'd be very surprised if more that 20% of people took the option.
by jude
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lima airport to Punta Hermosa?
Replies: 1
Views: 1476

Lima airport to Punta Hermosa?

A friend is arriving in Lima next week and needs to get down to Punta Hermosa. Would most taxis at the airport be willing to make the run? And approximately how much should she expect to pay for a safe cab?
by jude
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian men and household chores
Replies: 69
Views: 12208

Many Peruvian men assume getting married or living with a partner as a continuation of their childhood ie, they just want their mother to be replaced by their partner. But an equal relationship requires growing up. And for taking responsibility for a child, even more so. Right. It seems to me thoug...
by jude
Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian men and household chores
Replies: 69
Views: 12208

Ohh, and did I mention that sometimes he refuses to serve food himself ? I might be feeding the baby, and he would sit and wait for me to serve the food. He says that if the food is not on his plate, it´s as if it wasn´t there, doesn´t matter that I went to do groceries, brought it to the second fl...
by jude
Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Surfing lessons
Replies: 15
Views: 3185

Any recommendations for surf instructors in Punta Hermosa? As of next month I'll be based there for a while so it seems like a good time to learn.
by jude
Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Yellow Fever Vaccination
Replies: 11
Views: 1484

I've had the Yellow Fever shot twice, no big deal either time, typhoid shots have left me feeling far worse. Apparently the side effects can be worse for older people, which may be why they don't require those over 60 to take it. Given that it may make you feel off for a few days, I'd get it done as...
by jude
Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help! need info. lost brother
Replies: 4
Views: 898

When was he supposed to be back? And do you know the name of the agency or guide he went with?

Amazon river trips often take longer than planned - you can't find a boat, or it's delayed a few days, or broken down.
by jude
Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The skinny on financially making the transition to Peru.....
Replies: 13
Views: 2415

It sounds like I'm not losing much, if anything, by just getting soles from scotiabank then. When I've changed money in the street I've never been really comfortable with it, it just seems too exposed to be standing there checking all the bills to make sure they're not counterfeit. Probably paranoia...
by jude
Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The skinny on financially making the transition to Peru.....
Replies: 13
Views: 2415

A somewhat related question: Is is better to get dollars from an atm and exchange them, or just go ahead and get soles? The latter is quicker and easier, but by doing so is it costing me money? I use Scotiabank atms, and am not charged a transaction fee whether I take out dollars or soles so that's ...
by jude
Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: independent travel or travel guides
Replies: 17
Views: 4483

You can see the discounts here: http://www.saexplorers.org/clubhouses/lima/discounts

I'm a member, and have found it worthwhile, I've saved a fair bit of money, and have enjoyed hanging at the clubhouses in Quito and Cusco.
by jude
Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How much is the cost to make this beach dream house in Peru?
Replies: 48
Views: 10535

Don't listen to the posters who say you can't do it, gord. They're all obviously old, like 30 or something, so what do they know?
by jude
Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: HOW DO I STAY?!
Replies: 21
Views: 3746

Assuming the sugar daddy thing doesn't work out, you could try working at the Point or Loki hostels. I don't think they pay much, if anything, but you get free room and board in exchange for tending bar or working reception a couple of times a week.
by jude
Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: StarBucks taking over Cusco. Evict 40 y.o. cafe
Replies: 82
Views: 8608

That's really sad news, El Ayllu is (was) one of my favourite cafes in Cusco.

As for starbucks, it's a mystery to me why anyone goes there. Their coffee is vile, they have to bury it in a mound of cream and sugary caramel syrups to make it drinkable.
by jude
Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Indian Restaurant
Replies: 21
Views: 6207

Sounds great, I'll definitely stop by next time I'm in Lima.

Does the menu include anything from south India, like dosas, sambar, idli?
by jude
Thu Nov 20, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hotel in Piura
Replies: 15
Views: 2222

You definitely have to pay a bit more for a room in Piura. Last year while looking around I passed on 4 or 5 of the cheapies listed in Lonely Planet Peru because they were obviously mainly by the hour type places.
by jude
Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru Blogs
Replies: 26
Views: 8584

The blog owner's name is Barbara... and yes, her blog is fab.
by jude
Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Brujos for Obama (-:
Replies: 16
Views: 2311

There are curanderos all over Peru, of course, but there's a huge concentration of them around Chiclayo. I'm definitely going to visit the mercado de brujo there next year when I return to Peru. A really interesting book on the subject is The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern...
by jude
Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British man in a bind in Peru
Replies: 38
Views: 13823

[quote="rubble"]My two bob's worth is that Simon is guilty....guilty of thinking with his balls and NOT his brains.......(and hands up who hasn't done that)!

I haven't...
by jude
Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Airlines cutting holiday fares Anyone find deals to Lima?
Replies: 11
Views: 3644

You could also try calling exito travel. A couple of times they've got me TACA tickets that were cheaper than anything I could find on the internet.
by jude
Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cusco Big Mac, so what?
Replies: 73
Views: 11229

Much as I loath Mcdonald's I'm inclined to agree with Timothy, what's the big deal? Bembos is already on the plaza, as are a bunch of other crappy overpriced restaurants. Adding Mcdonald's into the mix doesn't seem to change things particularly.

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