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by american_in_lima
Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I just came back from Peru - $$
Replies: 95
Views: 11288

Re: I just came back from Peru - $$

Job opportunities: a job is almost garantied. All shops here need help and all restaurants needs cooks and waiters. How much does a cook make? S/. 600? A waiter? S/.500? What about the professional with a university degree? I doubt that there is lots of work in Tarapoto for that type of individual....
by american_in_lima
Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192009

Re: Cost of living in Peru

I think it's safe to say that most of us foreigners living in Lima are here for one or another reason other than that it would be our first choice for living in Peru--either our job is here or our significant other's job is here, or some business opportunity, or university, or our significant other...
by american_in_lima
Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Student Visa for the USA
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: Student Visa for the USA

I have for a very good friend of mine who was getting his MBA in Miami. I sponsored him, his wife and his daughter. This was about 5 years ago, so not sure if things have changed. I made copies of the titles and tax print outs of my two homes in Miami as well as a letter stating that I was able to f...
by american_in_lima
Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: For those immigrating to Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 760

Re: For those immigrating to Peru

Thanks for the info Alan.

I can only imagine the added corruption that will take place on that one. I would be curious to see how many members on this site, have done their citizenship as well.
by american_in_lima
Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Purchasing Claro or Movistar credit via the web - Worldwide
Replies: 0
Views: 373

Purchasing Claro or Movistar credit via the web - Worldwide

I found a cool way to buy cell phone credit with either Claro or Movistar online instead of buying phone cards or refilling up at the affiliated franchise stores. Here is the link: https://www.etopuponline.com/beta/start You can pay with PayPal as well. I tried it with Claro, first online from my la...
by american_in_lima
Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best BlackBerry Service Provider
Replies: 4
Views: 721

Re: Best BlackBerry Service Provider

I have Claro (PostPago) where I pay S/. 89 a month. They give me S/. 30 a month on calls, 50 text messages and unlimited internet. When I use the S/. 30 soles of calls, I can buy phone cards for more minutes until my new month starts again. I like the speed and quality of Claro for BB. I have had my...
by american_in_lima
Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:27 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I HATE TELEFONICA
Replies: 18
Views: 5635

Re: I HATE TELEFONICA

My business depends upon VOIP since we call the United States. At the time, I had two offices and because Telefonica was the only player in town, to make sure the calls were clear, I had two Telefonica accounts at two different offices for almost 2.5 years.. I also had a connection for my home. I wa...
by american_in_lima
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Real Estate Closing Costs
Replies: 6
Views: 781

Re: Real Estate Closing Costs

Thanks so much for the quick response. That's good news since I think we are going to buy new. So our closing costs should be pretty low. We're having "fun" right now working on our Peru budget as well as figuring out what/how to ship, residency, etc etc. I'm excited about getting back th...
by american_in_lima
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Documents Needed for Rentista Application
Replies: 13
Views: 1494

Re: Documents Needed for Rentista Application

Based on the Digemin website (Immigration Office) you need the following: I did a quick translation for you based on what I found in Spanish: http://www.digemin.gob.pe/inm_sv_mostrar.asp Hope this helps: Here is what you need: 1. Fill out Form F-007 2. Make Payment of S/. 58.32 to Banco de la Nacion...
by american_in_lima
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone at - Asociacion Cultural Peruano Britanica?
Replies: 7
Views: 2703

Re: Anyone at - Asociacion Cultural Peruano Britanica?

I have never done the teach English deal, but out of curiosity since it always comes up on this site...How much does an English teacher usually make in Lima? I assume it depends on where you work..but in general what is the average wage? Not to knock English teachers here in Lima, but I have met qui...
by american_in_lima
Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ADVICE PLEASE
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Re: ADVICE PLEASE

Maybe I am simplifying it a bit, but why not ask your partner?
by american_in_lima
Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Railway from Cusco to Machu Picchu Destroyed
Replies: 17
Views: 2154

Railway from Cusco to Machu Picchu Destroyed

Saw this in the paper today concerning the train track. Really horrible news for Peru and tourism. http://livinginperu.com/news-11314-natural-disasters-peru-access-to-machu-picchu-is-destroyed The pictures are clearer on: http://elcomercio.pe/noticia/406075/asi-quedo-via-ferrea-aguas-calientes-paso-...
by american_in_lima
Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: favourite radiostation and music
Replies: 14
Views: 958

Re: favourite radiostation and music

I am convinced that if you don´t hear a Madonna song at least once a day, you are not in Peru.

:)
by american_in_lima
Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: CE loss: 6 months in row or total out of country?
Replies: 4
Views: 648

Re: CE loss: 6 months in row or total out of country?

The 6 month ordeal is one of the reasons that I decided to get my Peruvian citizenship after having my Carnet for a couple of years. As well, no more renewing and spending money annually while with migraciones.

My DNI is valid until 2017 when I´ll need to renew.
by american_in_lima
Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Carnet de Extranjera
Replies: 2
Views: 441

Re: Carnet de Extranjera

I own a recruiting business, so I can confirm that any company that values you working with them, will pay for your carnet. In fact, they should take care of all of the paperwork and steps for you. I also have sponsored a couple of my employees getting them a carnet and I always have paid for them. ...
by american_in_lima
Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Which banks in the US don't charge ATM fees overseas?
Replies: 34
Views: 4780

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

My Bank of America account ALWAYS hits me with a $5 fee every time I take out money, but there's an HSBC branch in Lima so if you join that bank I'm sure you wouldn't be charged when using their ATMs at least. The other problem with Bank of America is that they charge you a monthly fee for their ch...
by american_in_lima
Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Child Car Seats in Lima... have and old one? opinions?
Replies: 4
Views: 1533

Re: Child Car Seats in Lima... have and old one? opinions?

Kate:

I don´t any have children but all of my friends who have kids, either Peruvian or Americans, have always brought back a seat from the United States.
by american_in_lima
Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Careful: you may get what you want
Replies: 17
Views: 2488

Re: Careful: you may get what you want

With the growing prosperity in Peru I worry greatly about whether or not the Peruvian people will be able to resist the temptation to use their newly available means to destroy their own society once again. Craig Craig: The one thing that I have come to appreciate about Peruvians (I am now one of t...
by american_in_lima
Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: POLICE ALL OVER THE PLACE
Replies: 9
Views: 792

Re: POLICE ALL OVER THE PLACE

I heard that the large amount of police is due to them looking for all of the border hoppers who have overstayed their tourist visa! :) Apparently, the tourists protested by fighting with large quantities of alpaca sweaters, hats and scarves. The police fought back though with uncooked fish drenched...
by american_in_lima
Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Residency in Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 655

Re: Residency in Peru

Be careful with your husband's residency. I am almost certain that for him to retain his green card status the US, he can't be out of the US for more than 6 months at a time.
by american_in_lima
Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: how to use phone as IP modem - claro
Replies: 3
Views: 1258

Re: how to use phone as IP modem - claro

hi everyone could someone tell me please how to tether my claro blackberry to my laptop so i may use it as a mobile modem? i called claro and was referred to a "3rd party technician" i think the APN is "wap.claro.pe" but i could be mistaken.. my phone is model 8310 thank you in ...
by american_in_lima
Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Super Bowl Party
Replies: 9
Views: 974

Re: Super Bowl Party

Jack: I think the busiest place is The Corner - Avenida Larco: http://www.livinginperu.com/dir/2051 I was there two Superbowls ago...and it was jammed packed, standing room only in the end. Get there early, to get a seat. You will find other like-minded fans as well, so you will have fun.
by american_in_lima
Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Passport question
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Passport question

No. Your visa is expired. New passport as well, with no signs of a current visa. I had a visa in 2001 and re-entered in Peru in 2002, and the gentleman told me that he was entering me Peru as a tourist since I had been out of the country more than 6 months. I wouldn't mention it to the customs offic...
by american_in_lima
Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Recommendations for banking
Replies: 11
Views: 1833

Re: Recommendations for banking

If you are only going to be here 10 months, I would just stick with Bank of America. Any withdrawal from a ScotiaBank will be free from fees. The best thing to do, is take out your cash in Soles, as Bank of America gives you a better rate than the street or any other local bank in Peru. I have Bank ...
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: US tourist visa
Replies: 26
Views: 3130

Re: US tourist visa

I think blaming the illegal is too easy. Who employees, who benefits from the lower food prices? Who rents to them, who sells them cars and groceries? Who exploits them? Why have a standard where we CONSTANTLY call them illegal (and they are, no doubt about it) but pay minimal lip-service to why th...
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: US tourist visa
Replies: 26
Views: 3130

Re: US tourist visa

I think it´s pretty logical, if you are married for more than a couple of years and you can prove you live together, then hand the visa out in 5 minutes of meeting the spouse in question. On a more macro level, and not to sound harsh here, but with an estimated 20 million illegal immigrants in the U...
by american_in_lima
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Driving - So maybe I was wrong
Replies: 10
Views: 1782

Re: Driving - So maybe I was wrong

....the Peruvian state ought to be rich: in other words, police should actually start fining people. My 2c. Part of the problem is the police corruption. Why fine someone S/. 120 soles, when you as a police office can squeeze S/. 30 out of him? I know when driving, that if pulled over by a police o...
by american_in_lima
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Doctors on Strike? Where is the Compassion?
Replies: 2
Views: 667

Re: Doctors on Strike? Where is the Compassion?

Every time I go into a public hospital, I thank God that I have private insurance. If I couldn't afford it, I would obviously use the public hospitals. My view is that the doctors are very good at the public hospitals, but they lack resources. In the end, as a patient, your doctor's knowledge and th...
by american_in_lima
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Which banks in the US don't charge ATM fees overseas?
Replies: 34
Views: 4780

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

My Bank of America account ALWAYS hits me with a $5 fee every time I take out money, but there's an HSBC branch in Lima so if you join that bank I'm sure you wouldn't be charged when using their ATMs at least. If you take money out from a Scotia Bank, you won't get hit with a fee when using your Ba...
by american_in_lima
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: US tourist visa
Replies: 26
Views: 3130

Re: US tourist visa

I have lots of friends here who have 10 year visas, so from what I know, it's pretty norm so far.
by american_in_lima
Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Worried about my medication...
Replies: 2
Views: 771

Re: Worried about my medication...

My first piece of advice would to go to a doctor at a clinic. I can recommend La AngloAmericana in San Isidro. From there, they will be able to subscribe the proper medicine. I would also bring the medicine that you are taking with you. As per the medicine that is prescribed, you can either purchase...
by american_in_lima
Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Peruvian Citizenship?
Replies: 14
Views: 5060

Re: Buying Peruvian Citizenship?

I know a couple of people on this site that might be willing to sell! :)
by american_in_lima
Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: My turn to get robbed
Replies: 61
Views: 10493

Re: My turn to get robbed

Sorry to hear your story. It could have been worse. In the three years I have been here: My office was broken into where I lost a lot of laptops that we needed to run the business. .Not only did I not have them, I had to buy more computers to continue running my business. Location: MIraflores - Righ...
by american_in_lima
Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone having problems with VOIP (eg. Vonage)
Replies: 8
Views: 1222

Re: Anyone having problems with VOIP (eg. Vonage)

I have used the MagicJack...They are cheap and break to be honest. I have run my business from Lima using only VOIP services..I have used both Telmex and Telefonica. Usually with Vonage, you have to make sure your box is working fine. I have this problem before. If you don't make a lot of calls, Sky...
by american_in_lima
Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: skype on mobile phone
Replies: 5
Views: 704

Re: skype on mobile phone

I use Iskoot (which you can download for free to log into your Skype account) for my Blackberry. Works very well. Chat and Calling function but work fine. I use it for business purposes most of the the time and have never had a problem with it. You can find it here: http://www.iskoot.com/products/sk...
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192009

Re: Cost of living in Peru

I have zero intentions on buying from any North American chains. I only want to eat at native Peruvian restaurants. The US is polluting South America with their garbage chains and soon enough, all of those people will have the same problem with obesity that the US has. It's all about the money and ...
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: would you go to a chicken wing restaurant
Replies: 8
Views: 2176

Re: would you go to a chicken wing restaurant

would you go to a restaurant that just serves chicken wings. the wings would be offered in 7 differet flavors. (hot, mild, atomic, cajun, teriaki, parmasian and garlic, lemon pepper). aslong with some home made french fries with a special seasoning and baked beans, with some celery and carrot stick...
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Real Estate Bubble in Peru?
Replies: 67
Views: 14550

Re: Real Estate Bubble in Peru?

Having lived in Miami for years, where the bubble hit very hard, I see some very scary things in common: Construction..Construction and Construction - On my street alone in Miraflores (It's a 12 block street), they will have constructed 17 new apartment buildings in the last 3 years. They are buildi...
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: You Know You Have Lived in Peru too long when you.....
Replies: 38
Views: 5191

Re: You Know You Have Lived in Peru too long when you.....

when the guy who paints your house is also your electrician and mechanic. when markets appear completely clean to you...If not, you haven't gotten sick yet, so who cares anyway. When you crave certain types of ajis and cremas for every meal you eat. When you consider "lonche", dinner. when...
by american_in_lima
Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Which banks in the US don't charge ATM fees overseas?
Replies: 34
Views: 4780

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

I took money out last week and also yesterday from ScotiaBank with Bank of America card. No fee. I checked online as well.

ScotiaBank and Bank of America have an agreement concerning fee withdrawals.
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Etiquette Question: How NOT to Speak English
Replies: 31
Views: 4220

Re: Etiquette Question: How NOT to Speak English

I have noticed that the better your Spanish, the less they play the "Let's speak English" game. That being said, I just bluntly tell them to speak Spanish since no one else will understand. That usually works.It's pretty rude to only speak English as well, when you have people in the group...
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192009

Re: Cost of living in Peru

Scotia Bank is all over the place. They at every Wong by the way as well. Wong is a chain of supermarkets.

Take out "Soles" from the ATM when it gives you the option. You will get the best rate rather than taking out dollars and exchanging it.
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192009

Re: Cost of living in Peru

If you have Bank of America, and you take the money out of Scotia Bank, there is no charge at all. I have noticed that its cheaper for me to take out "soles" from the ATM here, then take out US dollars and then exchange it. Bank of America gives a better exchange rate than anyone on the st...
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192009

Re: Cost of living in Peru

Me personally, I would budget for $100 a day including food, taxi, etc. I would have $1,000 and probably give myself a mental budget of $750 for two people. If you watch your money, you could also get away with $500. When I am on vacation, I drink and eat what I want without worrying about price and...
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192009

Re: Cost of living in Peru

Wanted to say "5 soles a day" X 7 days =35 soles (roughly $12-$13).
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192009

Re: Cost of living in Peru

Carguy: Live or Be on Vacation? Are you just paying for yourself? Depends on what you do. I think with $500 (on vacation) you will enjoy Lima. Vacation to me is different than living. If you are just living and don't have to pay housing, as it appears you will stay at your family's place, according ...
by american_in_lima
Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192009

Re: Cost of living in Peru

I am sorry but you can not live "well" on $500. It does misjustice for those newbies that read this information. I know plenty of people that are making that monthly (Peruvian and foreigners) and they always mention their difficulties in paying the bills or doing the things they would real...
by american_in_lima
Sun Jan 03, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: You Know You Have Lived in Peru too long when you.....
Replies: 38
Views: 5191

Re: You Know You Have Lived in Peru too long when you.....

When... You know who Magaly is and that Toledo likes Blue Label. The ride from the airport doesn't look that bad anymore. You are more cautious about getting robbed in July and December. You don't trust policemen in Lima. One of your favorite foods has chicken, rice, potatoes or aji as the main ingr...

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