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by Polaron
Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost Strike
Replies: 28
Views: 8049

Re: Serpost Strike

...Meanwhile, a handful of people from the Sindicato (union) are going to go on holiday to Europe some time next year. :wink:
by Polaron
Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: $1 a day or $5 a day for overstaying?!!
Replies: 2
Views: 508

Re: $1 a day or $5 a day for overstaying?!!

That is great news Alan, thanks. I, too, am going to verify that bit of information. It seems like an awfully extreme measure, but who knows?
by Polaron
Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New immigration law
Replies: 94
Views: 29166

Re: New immigration law

So it is becoming obvious with all these posts that no one wants to consider going to the Immigration Information Desk, talking to someone there who has English and finding out the facts first hand. I would not be surprised if they not only gave you all the information but also the paper work you m...
by Polaron
Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New Mennonite settlements in the peruvian rainforest.
Replies: 3
Views: 4773

Re: New Mennonite settlements in the peruvian rainforest.

I miss the delicious Mennonite cheeses I used to buy when I lived in Guadalajara.
by Polaron
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Interpol question
Replies: 3
Views: 597

Re: Interpol question

Yes, the marihuana charge in and of itself is enough to torpedo your application. Though Latin America is a huge source of marihuana and other controlled substances, Latin American society strangely looks down heavily upon those who use or possess those products. It's not uncommon in some places to ...
by Polaron
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New immigration law
Replies: 94
Views: 29166

Re: New immigration law

You've got to love Latin American news dissemination!
by Polaron
Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New immigration law
Replies: 94
Views: 29166

Re: New immigration law

I can tell you that I just got back from a border hop to Chile. Firstly found out the hard way that you´re not supposed to get a taxi to the border, only collectivos or buses. Secondly, I had no problems, I had used all 183 days this year up until 3 Dec but after looking at me with a wry smile and ...
by Polaron
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Larger sized clothes
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Re: Larger sized clothes

I would suggest Gamarra, but it's been so long since i've been there that i don't remember where it is located. Hopefully one of the other folks on the boards can give you the location. When you go to Gamarra, be prepared for crushingly large crowds.
by Polaron
Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Venezuelo-Croata new in town!!
Replies: 2
Views: 806

Re: Venezuelo-Croata new in town!!

Welcome to Peru!!
by Polaron
Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost Strike
Replies: 28
Views: 8049

Re: Serpost Strike

Strikes in Latin America -- even for essential services -- can drag on for weeks and months. Neither side wishes to budge. What often happens is that the management side eventually bribes the leaders of the labor side to end the strike, and it ends with the workers receiving little or nothing. Note ...
by Polaron
Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Animal Control?
Replies: 8
Views: 1746

Re: Animal Control?

Keeping dogs on the roof of one's house is a typical practice in Latin America. i feel for you and for the poor dogs, who are little more than prisoners up there. And of course you have to put up with the brunt of it. Seriously, I doubt you'll find anyone in government or anywhere else that will car...
by Polaron
Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Second Saturday LGBT/LGBT-friendly Meetup: Larcomar
Replies: 1
Views: 720

Re: Second Saturday LGBT/LGBT-friendly Meetup: Larcomar

Hey Asmith, I am curious about the second Saturday meetings. How have they gone so far? We used to do meetings in the past; it seemed they were mostly more successful when hosted at someone's home, though a former poster arranged for some successful meetups at restaurants.
by Polaron
Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Third World Country-land invasions
Replies: 17
Views: 2520

Re: Third World Country-land invasions

Your point is well taken, Random. At this time, i am not planning on buying land in Peru. However, if and when I do so, I will take the necessary precautions, which I have learned after having lived 25 years in Latin America. Like I said before, we might as well be on a different planet, when it com...
by Polaron
Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Third World Country-land invasions
Replies: 17
Views: 2520

Re: Third World Country-land invasions

There is no right or wrong here. It's like the old song goes, "...there aint no good guy, there aint no bad guy. There's only you and me and we just disagree." Quite a way to look at things! Squatting is a crime, robbing somebody of a plot of land is a crime too... and here you go saying ...
by Polaron
Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New immigration law
Replies: 94
Views: 29166

Re: New immigration law

Bobby I will keep you posted as soon as I have additional info. :)
by Polaron
Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: are there cell laws in Lima?
Replies: 7
Views: 835

Re: are there cell laws in Lima?

You guys are lucky. I can barely walk down the street and talk/text on my cell phone!
by Polaron
Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ATM fee increase?
Replies: 18
Views: 4115

Re: ATM fee increase?

I now introduce you to Miss Information. Somebody gave me incorrect information, as I went to a branch of Scotiabank and the "service representative" there nonchalantly told me that a bank account could be opened only with a carnet de extranjeria or DNI. That is in line with other banks' p...
by Polaron
Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Third World Country-land invasions
Replies: 17
Views: 2520

Re: Third World Country-land invasions

So I can do my due diligence in terms of purchasing the land but if I don't fence the perimeter I can legally lose the property to an unscrupulous invader? What a joke. Yes, to a gringo (U.S. person) this reality seems absurd. What's wrong with this picture? For starters, the customs and practices ...
by Polaron
Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ATM fee increase?
Replies: 18
Views: 4115

Re: ATM fee increase?

As promised, I checked out Scotiabank (locally). I am going tomorrow to see if the information I was given was accurate. A Scotiabank sservice representative in their contact center - 01-311-6000 - informed me that you CAN open a cuenta FREE with just a passport. When I'm at the branch, I'll check o...
by Polaron
Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Debating returning to Peru/critical Peruvians
Replies: 15
Views: 2768

Re: Debating returning to Peru/critical Peruvians

I loved the video; thanks for posting the link!
by Polaron
Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Expat Living in Peru Needs Your Help
Replies: 4
Views: 1038

Re: Expat Living in Peru Needs Your Help

You're right, AA. Living in a foreign country requires adjustment and forebearance!
by Polaron
Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Jack & the Beanstalk
Replies: 1
Views: 534

Re: Jack & the Beanstalk

You might consider posting some information in case people are interested in joining the group as performers or crew.
by Polaron
Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Third World Country-land invasions
Replies: 17
Views: 2520

Re: Third World Country-land invasions

Land-grabbing can happen anywhere. For example, if you own property that is not being used as your residence - and you leave it open (unfenced), squatters can come in and legally take it from you. That is why in that country there are vacant fields that have concrete walls built around them. If squa...
by Polaron
Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cleaning Services in Lima
Replies: 8
Views: 8480

Re: Cleaning Services in Lima

If you're still around, I could use your services. Thanks.
by Polaron
Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New immigration law
Replies: 94
Views: 29166

Re: New immigration law

I have just come across some second-hand information, and so I wish to state from the start that there are no guarantees here. This is the situation. A friend of mine lives in Peru is a tourist - he's been here for 7 or 8 years - and he travels abroad once every two weeks. I mentioned to him what I ...
by Polaron
Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Corrupt Town hall "La Molina", accepting money for illegal residential business.
Replies: 13
Views: 2289

Re: Corrupt Town hall "La Molina", accepting money for illegal residential business.

Your neighbors could never get away with this in the USA, Canada, or England, for example, but in Latin America it is par for the course. The perceptions here are just different. Loud parties, especially on weekends, are often the norm. I sympathize with you; I would be annoyed as well. However, the...
by Polaron
Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: SOFTBALL ANYONE ???
Replies: 10
Views: 1739

Re: SOFTBALL ANYONE ???

Good for you guys! I think a softball club is an awesome idea. I'd join up, but I'm afraid my favorite sport has always been "highball." :wink:
by Polaron
Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do these thieves at Telefonica still get away with this?
Replies: 36
Views: 6477

Re: How do these thieves at Telefonica still get away with this?

I have the 15 MB service from Movistar, and though the speed tests out at 15 to 20 MB (and 2 MB upload) on Ookla, the true download speed is closer to 2 or 3 MB. In Peru, if memory serves, there is a law requiring that ISPs provide at least ten percent of the advertised speed. So, in my case, as lon...
by Polaron
Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ATM fee increase?
Replies: 18
Views: 4115

Re: ATM fee increase?

I have USAA and withdraw the maximum allowed at BCP (S/. 700 twice per day). Yes, the bank does charge me S/. 13.50 a pop, but USAA refunds up to $15 per month on those ATM fees. This means that I pay out of my pocket only for the fourth monthly withdrawal on. A friend of mine has Scotiabank and nev...
by Polaron
Sat Oct 31, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Doctors in Lima
Replies: 22
Views: 19562

Re: Doctors in Lima

Dr Salamanca is a regular GP that makes home visits for S/.50 a consultation. English isn't brilliant but it is understandable. Cel: 999005166 The price I paid for a home call to this doctor was S/. 100, which I consider a bargain given that he came all the way out to San Miguel to see me. He was a...
by Polaron
Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Overstay question
Replies: 9
Views: 1784

Re: Overstay question

[qu. the woman manning the boss looked at me in surprise and then just startephoneote="amymarie"] I overstayed a few years ago by 18 months. I paid a reduced fine and had no trouble getting back in with the same passport I had back then. How did you manage to get a reduced fine? I had to p...
by Polaron
Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Overstay question
Replies: 9
Views: 1784

Re: Overstay question

I overstayed a few years ago by 18 months. I paid a reduced fine and had no trouble getting back in with the same passport I had back then.
by Polaron
Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Just moved to Peru...looking to meet people!
Replies: 44
Views: 10856

Re: Just moved to Peru...looking to meet people!

Welcome to Peru everybody. I hope you have a great time here.
by Polaron
Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:03 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: US MEDDLING IN PERU : Troops
Replies: 60
Views: 11113

Re: US MEDDLING IN PERU : Troops

Regardless if one supports the US presence here or not, it is important to remember that almost every time the US has intervened in another country, we've made a huge mess of things. It's time for us as a country to step back and let the rest of the world manage itself without our overbearing interf...
by Polaron
Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New to Lima - Safety concerns
Replies: 24
Views: 4382

Re: New to Lima - Safety concerns

I'm returning to Lima after a nearly four-year hiatus. I am not really concerned about crime and violence, as I will be avoiding the more dangerous places, such as downtown at night. Surprisingly I have never been robbed out of the blue in the six Latin American countries I've lived (I've had things...
by Polaron
Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:15 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Monsanto Declared Worst Company of 2011 by NaturalSociety
Replies: 2
Views: 1124

Re: Monsanto Declared Worst Company of 2011 by NaturalSociety

No surprise there; Monsanto is truly wretched. Hey Tupac, I'm in Tucson now.
by Polaron
Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED TODAY, Have to Return to USA
Replies: 8
Views: 3032

Re: SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED TODAY, Have to Return to USA

Hi everybody. The outpouring of support has been wonderful. I have been able to sell most of everything; I still have some dishes and cookware, a set of patio furniture, the electronic keyboard, a 19-inch flat screen computer monitor, a small desk and large office chair, a few bottles of wine and li...
by Polaron
Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Leaving Peru
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Re: Leaving Peru

I know Reno lol. But you know, we've had some great and lively discussions, and that is good. Sometimes we've got the old blood pumping, but I like to think I've learned a few things from other people, and that they have learned from me (hopefully something other than "duck and cover" lol)
by Polaron
Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED TODAY, Have to Return to USA
Replies: 8
Views: 3032

Re: SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED TODAY, Have to Return to USA

renodante wrote:check your email, definitely want a few things. sorry about your loss.


Thanks Reno. I've received so many e-mails I don't know which one is yours. But thanks anyway, and I've just lowered prices.
by Polaron
Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Leaving Peru
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Leaving Peru

OK, so technically this is spam, but since I've had a very rough day, I'm going to go for it anyway. Those who have read the Buy and Sell and Roommates forums know that on Tuesday the 29th of November my niece, her husband and 2 of her 3 children were killed in an auto accident, so Friday morning I'...
by Polaron
Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:20 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED TODAY, Have to Return to USA
Replies: 8
Views: 3032

SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED TODAY, Have to Return to USA

**THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP** My niece, her husband and 2 of their 3 daughters were killed today in a horrible and tragic traffic accident. Only the youngest child, who was at school at the time, is still alive. At any rate, I am leaving very early Friday morning and need to sell my possessio...
by Polaron
Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Problem with Scotia Bank ATMs?
Replies: 9
Views: 2262

Re: Problem with Scotia Bank ATMs?

Ditto for USAA emh. They refund the fees that BCP charges. Here's the deal with Scotiabank: their fees are invisible. If you compare 2 withdrawals, one from Scotia and one from another bank, you will see that the exchange rate is the same. Sounds funny, but consider this: The other bank tells you, &...
by Polaron
Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: did you feel the tremor?
Replies: 27
Views: 4998

Re: did you feel the tremor?

Wow I didn't feel a thing. I might have been asleep at the time.
by Polaron
Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:18 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The colonel got killed
Replies: 20
Views: 3277

Re: The colonel got killed

Also, at least some of the rebels now in charge of Libya have indicated they want to form a government that operates according to Muslim law. Great. great unless you're gay, an atheist, an apostate, not a "person of the book," or a woman. as to everything else, agreed. Agreed, renodante. ...
by Polaron
Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:16 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55078

Re: Gun Laws!

All of "that," and still the U.S. has the second-highest incidence of violent crime per capita in all of America. Chile is first, followed by the U.S., Canada, Uruguay and then Mexico. Curiously, Chile has less restrictive gun ownership laws than most other countries, except of course the...
by Polaron
Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What would you change about Peru?
Replies: 62
Views: 9686

Re: What would you change about Peru?

i would like the guy in the apartment above me to finish whatever project he's been working on for the last 4 months that involves drilling for hours, either in the late afternoon, or my personal favorite, early morning on the weekends. what the hell is he building up there, Noah's Ark? it's an apa...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Moving back to US
Replies: 10
Views: 2338

Re: Moving back to US

What's left?
by Polaron
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: VOLVO 1961 CLASSIC
Replies: 10
Views: 2475

Re: VOLVO 1961 CLASSIC

How about posting some photos?
by Polaron
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Retail extends boom in Peru despite global slowdown
Replies: 8
Views: 2187

Re: Retail extends boom in Peru despite global slowdown

falconagain wrote:The meltdown is only in the US and Europe because they have debts and too many
entitlements.


No, the meltdown is due to deregulation of the financial industry and that segment's extreme greed.

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