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by JanD
Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Iquitos/Tarrapoto/architecture. /split fromRenting Apartment
Replies: 19
Views: 1761

Re: Iquitos/Tarrapoto/architecture. /split fromRenting Apartment

ChiChi But almost all those building are neglected. If those buildings are restored then Iquitos will look a lot nicer. Don't know how long ago you visited Iquitos :cry: , but for your information: the overall majority of those buildings is restored :!: For instance "Hotel Casa Morey" :id...
by JanD
Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Iquitos/Tarrapoto/architecture. /split fromRenting Apartment
Replies: 19
Views: 1761

Re: Renting Apartment in Lima - Deposits/Warranty - Should I pay

ChiChi...The área surrounding Iquitos is nice if you like plants and animals but the city itself is a dump. This shows that you know absolutely nothing about architecture. The architecture to be found in the center of Iquitos is absolutely unique :!: Something like that is nowhere to be found in Ta...
by JanD
Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Renting Apartment in Lima - Deposits/Warranty - Should I pay
Replies: 9
Views: 938

Re: Renting Apartment in Lima - Deposits/Warranty - Should I pay

ChiChi ...Lima is considered as the nicest part of town. But if you compare it to the nicest parts of town of other cities (eg. Brussels, Frankfurt, New York, Miami, Ámsterdam, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Santiago de Chile, Madrid, Dublín), etc. then Miraflores is a dump. (an expensive dump) I am sure th...
by JanD
Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Renting Apartment in Lima - Deposits/Warranty - Should I pay
Replies: 9
Views: 938

Re: Renting Apartment in Lima - Deposits/Warranty - Should I pay

ChiChi...Why Miraflores? You'll be rubbing shoulders on the streets with groups on tourists wearing anoraks that are talking loudly and taking pictures all the time. Pickpockets and girls that want to date your wallet arife. The girls know that you will only be in town for a few days so they have t...
by JanD
Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying software
Replies: 22
Views: 2413

Re: Buying software

Tks "28°N 82°W".....I certainly will do that immediately after upgrading!
by JanD
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying software
Replies: 22
Views: 2413

Re: Buying software

Tks Fanning! I'll prefer the Windows 8 Prof. with Ripley or Saga. The XP on my PC is a legal one so there will be no problem with updates, et cetera. The only thing for me is to check the functionalities of Windows 8, as the critics are a bit mixed. If not I'll go for Windows 7, which probably also ...
by JanD
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying software
Replies: 22
Views: 2413

Re: Buying software

On my pc I still have Windows XP, which I will have to replace as Microsoft will not support XP as from April/May (?) this year. I'm looking for Windows 7 and find at Mercado Libre "Windows 7 Professional 32 Bits Original Oem" Spanish version for USD 70. Although the seller claim it is an ...
by JanD
Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Wine consulting and tutored tastings
Replies: 29
Views: 4110

Re: Wine consulting and tutored tastings

Spritzers are made with sparkling water + white wine Like you use wine to prepare a Sangria. But don't say that it makes your wine taste great! When you add (sparkling) water to wine, it weakens the taste of the wine..... It used to be a habit in France to give wine, deluted with water to children....
by JanD
Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:09 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Wine consulting and tutored tastings
Replies: 29
Views: 4110

Re: Wine consulting and tutored tastings

All whites wines taste great if you add sparkling wáter Now I can understand why you probably like Chinese wines :oops: One of the best ways to eliminate wine, is by adding water or something like that :cry: Like adding cubes of ice to a glass of single malt whisky or cognac :x The only proper thin...
by JanD
Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Wine consulting and tutored tastings
Replies: 29
Views: 4110

Re: Wine consulting and tutored tastings

chi chi wrote:Up and coming are Chinese wines.


Really :?:
As it is a totally new field for me (and most of us?): can you tell a bit more about that? :idea:
Or just joking? :wink:
by JanD
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Wine consulting and tutored tastings
Replies: 29
Views: 4110

Re: Wine consulting and tutored tastings

Hitoruna: if you enjoy chilean wine then it means you know nothing about wine... yuck I'm sorry to say, but this statement shows that you're indeed the one who knows nothing about wine :oops: On the contrary, I agree with what Sergio Bernales and Tony Lesly mention about the various wine producing ...
by JanD
Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Wine consulting and tutored tastings
Replies: 29
Views: 4110

Re: Wine consulting and tutored tastings

I don't know, Inscop, Pizza Street is for backpackers, and it's full of prostitutes. That's definitely not true I'm living in Pardo, near to Pizza Street, I'm a more or less regular visitor of TheOldPub situated at the back entrance of Pizza Street. By far, most of the people enjoying themselves in...
by JanD
Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Wine consulting and tutored tastings
Replies: 29
Views: 4110

Re: Wine consulting and tutored tastings

Peruvian wine is too sweet :oops: That might be true for a larger part of Peruvian wine but at the same time there are more and more dry red, white and even rosé wines which are quite drinkeable. :wink: Queirolo brings some dry wines to the market which are quite good, one of which is a dry rose wi...
by JanD
Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Nelson Mandela Memorial Service
Replies: 1
Views: 369

Re: Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend.
A very good initiative for, most probably, the greatest person of this era and I wish you a "blessed service"!
by JanD
Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Health Insurance for Expats in Peru?
Replies: 5
Views: 828

Re: Health Insurance for Expats in Peru?

available irrespective of nationality?
by JanD
Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Obtaining (first) DNI by our 19 years' old daughter
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Obtaining (first) DNI by our 19 years' old daughter

I contacted the Peruvian Consulate in Amsterdam and was answered by a very friendly and competent woman, who indeed confirmed what Argidd and Fanning already said. I emailed her and old copy of my daughter's Peruvian birth certificate and the woman said that it would be ok for my daughter to use thi...
by JanD
Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: buying thai products in peru
Replies: 15
Views: 2291

Re: buying thai products in peru

Tks Asher!
At last I will be able to prepare some of my favorite Vietnamese dishes.
Looking forward as well to see what other ingredients they sell....
by JanD
Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: buying thai products in peru
Replies: 15
Views: 2291

Re: buying thai products in peru

Wow, do you mean "Mercado 1", situated more or less Ricardo Palma/Via Expresa?
Would be great is on walking/cycling distance of my appt.
And is it Thai- or Vietnamese fishsauce and how is it called in Spanish?
Thanks again!
by JanD
Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: buying thai products in peru
Replies: 15
Views: 2291

Re: buying thai products in peru

Tks!
Sent them an email this morning....
by JanD
Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: buying thai products in peru
Replies: 15
Views: 2291

Re: buying thai products in peru

For preparing Vietnamese dishes (fermentated) fish sauce (preferably of course Vietnamese, but Thai will do as well) is indispensable...... So is there any one who knows where to buy this fish sauce (and other Thai and Vietnamese ingredients?) Wong has some Chinese- and Thai ingredients, but a littl...
by JanD
Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying travel/climbing clothes - knockoffs?
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: Buying travel/climbing clothes - knockoffs?

Argidd, you're absolutely right!
Sorry for the mistake.... :oops:
by JanD
Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying travel/climbing clothes - knockoffs?
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: Buying travel/climbing clothes - knockoffs?

In Calle Berlin, cuadra 2, MF, hay una tienda (they also have a climbing wall) where they sell all kind of mountain Climbing gear and clothes.
I'm not absolutely sure, but I think I also saw The North Face clothing.
Don't think they will sell "bamba".....
by JanD
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Obtaining (first) DNI by our 19 years' old daughter
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Obtaining (first) DNI by our 19 years' old daughter

OK thanks, it's clear to me!
I'll contact the Amsterdam Peruvian Consulate in order to get a Laissez-Passer.
I still have an old birth certificate, so it should not be to complicated to obtain a new one........
by JanD
Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Obtaining (first) DNI by our 19 years' old daughter
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Obtaining (first) DNI by our 19 years' old daughter

Tks. Argidd and Fanning :!: As apparently she will not be able to get her Peruvian passport (just a "laissez-passer") or DNI when still in The Netherlands, why shouldn't she travel to Peru on her Dutch passport and, once arrived in Peru, apply for her DNI :?: For her it will be important t...
by JanD
Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: taxes and port duties coming to peru
Replies: 8
Views: 952

Re: taxes and port duties coming to peru

What type of residence will you have?
Because, when having a rentista status, you don't have to pay import duties.
by JanD
Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In the ''hood''.
Replies: 24
Views: 3711

Re: In the ''hood''.

ChiChi: "But the whole of Lima gets sketchy after dark anyway" :twisted: The W H O L E of Lima: Absolutely n o n s e n s e ! :twisted: Your so beloved Tarapoto ("ciudad de las palmeras", but: without palmeras :lol: ) also knows some parts around Morales, where you have to take c...
by JanD
Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tarapoto on Google street view.
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: Tarapoto on Google street view.

The Google Streetview car was here in Pardo/MF in Febr. this year and yes: :D I'm in Google Earth Streetview, walking in Pardo :D
by JanD
Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Obtaining (first) DNI by our 19 years' old daughter
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Obtaining (first) DNI by our 19 years' old daughter

Our 19 years' old daughter has decided to come to and live in Peru (for the time being with us) within the coming few months. She was born in Peru and went to The Netherlands with her mother and brothers when five years old. She has a Dutch passport, but (I suppose) still has her Peruvian nationalit...
by JanD
Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Accommodation in Tarapoto
Replies: 10
Views: 2436

Re: Accommodation in Tarapoto

Returning from a ten days' stay at Pacaya Samiria national reserve( also a hidden gem!), I'm writing this from the Brest Amazon Hotel and Chi Chi: you are absolutely right with your recommendation. It is new, it is clean, the rooms are s p a c i o u s and is indeed on walking distance from the Plaza...
by JanD
Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:00 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Claro
Replies: 13
Views: 1797

Re: Claro

Because of all the bad info on Telefonica on the Expat Forum I took a Claro triple pack just over a year ago and I'm quite satisfied with the reliability and customer service. I recently had a problem with my internet, called Claro support at one evening and the next day at one in the afternoon the ...
by JanD
Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Swedish Lobsterparty at the Swedish Consulate
Replies: 5
Views: 1140

Re: Swedish Lobsterparty at the Swedish Consulate

Would have loved to come, because I: - Sofar never met Swedish people; - Love eating lobster/crayfish and everything else that comes from the sea and try Absolut or other spirits, although I'm a wine drinker. But ( for this :? !) unfortunately I will be in Pacaya Samiria enjoying myself (foto :lol: ...
by JanD
Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling to Iquitos by boat
Replies: 15
Views: 2698

Re: Travelling to Iquitos by boat

It becomes a bit nitty gritty :wink: , but I said: " Although the road is quite winding, there are lots and lots of places were you can overtake, with a car and certainly with a motorbike, trucks or other slower traffic " referring to the first part . And yes the second part is easier and ...
by JanD
Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling to Iquitos by boat
Replies: 15
Views: 2698

Re: Travelling to Iquitos by boat

The driving distance also depends on the weather and the other traffic. Many trucks travel this route and if you are stuck behind a slow truck then the trip might take much longer. Because of the bends, it's hard to take over the trucks. I once went by motorbike to Yurimaguas and the trip took me a...
by JanD
Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling to Iquitos by boat
Replies: 15
Views: 2698

Re: Travelling to Iquitos by boat

One of the most popular ways of getting to Iquitos by boat is from Yurimaguas which is only 2 hours by bus from Tarapoto. I was not aware that there is a bus service between Tarapoto and Yurimaguas. But I think it highly impossible that the trip by bus only takes two hours. I did the trip a couple ...
by JanD
Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling to Iquitos by boat
Replies: 15
Views: 2698

Re: Travelling to Iquitos by boat

I only did from Yurimaguas to Lagunas (Pacaya Samiria Reserve), which is a 12 hours' trip and thought it extremely relaxing: reading, sleeping in my hammock, enjoying the river views, talking with fellow travellers. OK, only twelve hours but I was not bored for one minute. For the food: the meal whi...
by JanD
Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter
Replies: 6
Views: 1030

Re: Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter

Anyone plse :?:
by JanD
Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter
Replies: 6
Views: 1030

Re: Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter

On the internet I already found a technician (claiming that he was familiar with AEG machines), who took my washing machine to his workshop. Informed me later that day by phone that he could change the necessary parts (for usd 390) to have my machine work at 60 Herz and bring it back still the same ...
by JanD
Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter
Replies: 6
Views: 1030

Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter

As my washing machine is a 220 V, 50Herz machine it does not work on the 220V, 60 Herz Peruvian network. The solution is (as I have been told) to buy a 60Herz to 50Herz Converter/Inverter. Although I see quite a lot of inverters for sale on the internet, I do not see them for sale in Lima/Peru. Can ...
by JanD
Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Fair price for private/group English lessons??
Replies: 12
Views: 1896

Re: Fair price for private/group English lessons??

You're right, draford. It's in Korea and Japan where the real money is for teaching English.


And where the costs of living probably are much higher...... :(

P.S. Just an observation, with no intention to deviate from the (interesting) main subject! :oops:
by JanD
Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: American citizen murdered in La Victoria
Replies: 78
Views: 12616

Re: American citizen murdered in La Victoria

ChiChi, last month I spent some time in Tarapoto. One day, on our way from Tarapoto to Lamas, we were stopped by two men in some kind of uniform, armed with shotguns asking for a contribution for guarding the road. The same happened when travelling by cab from Tarapoto to Yurimaguas and from Tarapot...
by JanD
Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Obtaining the Rentista status, how rules are to be explained
Replies: 11
Views: 2705

Re: Obtaining the Rentista status, how rules are to be explained

Not always true unfortunately for most of us, many agents will make you pay the import taxes papers or no papers. probably depends on who you get. Just don't count on it if you want to see your stuff get out of customs :D That also happened with me! Don't expect it to be easy and don't accept what ...
by JanD
Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Obtaining the Rentista status, how rules are to be explained
Replies: 11
Views: 2705

Re: Obtaining the Rentista status, how rules are to be explained

Since Peru joined the The Hague Apostille Treaty" in (I think) 2010, it is enough to have your docs. apostilled. That's what I did last year ( I even had Dutch docs apostilled in The Netherlands, translated those apostilled docs. into Spanish by a Belgian translator and had those translations a...
by JanD
Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Washing machine (AEG Lavamat) repairshop
Replies: 9
Views: 1267

Re: Washing machine (AEG Lavamat) repairshop

OK, could change the condensator of the engine. But what abt the other electronic parts of the washing machine, like the wather pump, the water heater and (maybe even more sensible) the electronic steering unit? Isn't there anything like a transformer from 60Herz to 50Herz? I've read abt the existen...
by JanD
Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?
Replies: 44
Views: 7125

Re: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?

Yes I agree with ChiChi that Chalet Venezia in Tarapoto indeed is a good restaurant.
Another one, also in Tarapoto is "Cafe del Mundo", a more Italian style restaurant where most of the tables are grouped in and around the inner patio.....
by JanD
Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bringing Dutch cheese to Peru
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Bringing Dutch cheese to Peru

Every time someone is coming over from The Netherlands, I ask him or her to bring some Dutch cheese and kitchen spices which are notavailable in Peru. This weekend one of our daughters is coming over, so I sent her my shopping list, incuding some Dutch cheese. However now I wonder wether there are r...
by JanD
Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ***** landlord - SUNAT option not working...
Replies: 28
Views: 3779

Re: ***** landlord - SUNAT option not working...

Sounds good: "I think now you're doing business!" :)
Good luck and plse, keep us up to date.....
by JanD
Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ***** landlord - SUNAT option not working...
Replies: 28
Views: 3779

Re: ***** landlord - SUNAT option not working...

We did also a consulta (without yet making a formal complaint) with SUNAT - he did not pay anything.... I start to think that guy is on drugs... :evil:


No....if you play it simple and well: "This guy is in serious trouble" :lol:
by JanD
Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cheap Hotels Near Madrid Airport?
Replies: 5
Views: 1238

Re: Cheap Hotels Near Madrid Airport?

I don't know how much time you have, but Barajas is quite close to Madrid itself with a very good public transport (train/subway) connection to the city centre in less than 20 minutes. http://www.gomadrid.com/transport/airport_options.html "Metro Madrid's Barajas Airport has Metro stations in T...
by JanD
Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Lima from UK, lots of questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1732

Re: Moving to Lima from UK, lots of questions

The problem is that, as far as I know, the only bank that allows you to open an account without residence or DNI, is HSBC. When I arrived in Peru September last year, I went, amongst others, to various offices of BCP, Interbank and Scotiabank and they all asked for a residence card. When I received ...
by JanD
Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Lima from UK, lots of questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1732

Re: Moving to Lima from UK, lots of questions

No, you don't have to pay an "entrance fee" or such.

Maybe a small monthly fee, but as I can't remember it couldn't be a lot of money.

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