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by sbaustin
Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Should I marry my Peruvian boyfriend?
Replies: 20
Views: 3883

Re: Should I marry my Peruvian boyfriend?

The OP is asking for advice for marriage and then asking if getting a visa by work would be faster. That should say enough about whether to get married or not. Sorry, my excessive questioning, but i have a company here that would sponser me for a work visa. Do you know if that process is faster than...
by sbaustin
Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Debating returning to Peru/critical Peruvians
Replies: 15
Views: 2766

Re: Debating returning to Peru/critical Peruvians

adrian Thorne wrote:A little tongue in cheek and loose with the language, but a warm welcome to Peru:
https://youtu.be/7UFRDVRZZck


Adrian, did your wife see it? Curious as to her thoughts on it. Mine almost threw my phone out the window although I quite enjoyed the humor of it all.
by sbaustin
Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Debating returning to Peru/critical Peruvians
Replies: 15
Views: 2766

Re: Debating returning to Peru/critical Peruvians

You asked for opinions so I gave my opinion based on what you wrote. ** Edit ** Let me quote you, "It's mostly the fact that LITERALLY everyone is mean to others for EVERYTHING". You either think everyone in Peru is mean or everyone you knew was mean. Not sure why you'd think my opinion ab...
by sbaustin
Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Debating returning to Peru/critical Peruvians
Replies: 15
Views: 2766

Re: Debating returning to Peru/critical Peruvians

Hi Everyone, Then I began to realize that, at least in my experience, Peruvians have this odd culture of being exceptionally critical, even when the person speaking is a complete loser; but then they can turn around and be some of the friendliest, most helpful people I've ever met. It's like mass m...
by sbaustin
Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Married before visa runs out but.....
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Re: Married before visa runs out but.....

If I recall, you might be okay as long as you start the process before it expires but it was too long for me to remember the exact process. You really need to go ask them at Immigrations especially since they have some new laws/etc.
by sbaustin
Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Should I marry my Peruvian boyfriend?
Replies: 20
Views: 3883

Re: Should I marry my Peruvian boyfriend?

Marry him! Or Not! It would be kind of hard to give you any quality advise without knowing either of you personally. That being said, if you have any ounce of distrust, I would not go down the path of marriage.
by sbaustin
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: IT jobs in lima - any success stories?
Replies: 13
Views: 2711

Re: IT jobs in lima - any success stories?

Although only tangentially related, I'm trying to get a group together of IT expats (networking/programming/etc) to get together to discuss everything from job opportunities to development languages/etc.. Anything goes to help those of us that are here in this field. I have a couple people intereste...
by sbaustin
Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Expatriates personality
Replies: 4
Views: 1193

Re: Expatriates personality

Your survey ignores several other situations:

* self employed
* non employed
* retired
by sbaustin
Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Networking for Developers in Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Re: Networking for Developers in Lima

We have a quorum of two so far and will be meeting on Friday after work. If anyone else is interested PM me for details.
by sbaustin
Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Networking for Developers in Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Re: Networking for Developers in Lima

Anyone else interested in Meeting up? Just looking for a few of us that are in the field living in Lima.
by sbaustin
Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: registering new passport with DIGEMIN
Replies: 7
Views: 1953

Re: registering new passport with DIGEMIN

I did this like 8 years ago. You need to go there and talk to them, take both your passports and I believe I had to have a letter from the embassy.. It wasn't overly complicated but I'm short on memory.
by sbaustin
Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Passport validity for entering Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 849

Re: Passport validity for entering Peru

I know I've read that it must be valid for the next six months but for the life of me I can't find the page. You may have a problem getting a six month tourist visa when your passports expires in less time.
by sbaustin
Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Missing threads and replies
Replies: 3
Views: 853

Re: Missing threads and replies

Alan, I suggest that you have your developer take down the forum in the least busy time, put up a small Maintenance message, do the migration, and then put it back up. Otherwise you end up losing posts/etc and causing havoc.
by sbaustin
Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Roommates / Rooms for Rent
Topic: Residencial Nicolás - Room for rent in Arequipa
Replies: 0
Views: 724

Residencial Nicolás - Room for rent in Arequipa

I'm posting on behalf of a family member that has a room for rent in a nice area of Arequipa(translated below). https://www.facebook.com/RESIDENCIAL.NICOLAS/posts/958435307546837 We have a room available, private bathroom and entrance, wifi, cable and hot water. Close to UCSM and UCSP. For informati...
by sbaustin
Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ISP Issues, WAN IP Mismatches Global IP, Movistar / Claro
Replies: 9
Views: 1285

Re: ISP Issues, WAN IP Mismatches Global IP, Movistar / Claro

I do not use a vpn. Claro charges extra for a static ip as well as Movistar. If they are proxying your traffic a Vpn will have really poor performance as a second layer.
by sbaustin
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ISP Issues, WAN IP Mismatches Global IP, Movistar / Claro
Replies: 9
Views: 1285

Re: ISP Issues, WAN IP Mismatches Global IP, Movistar / Claro

If you have a static ip they probably won't be able to proxy your connection although I guess they could. In my office we have Claro with a static IP and the WAN IP is the same as the public one. When I get home I'll try to check my Movistar (cablemodem) to see if they match. I have noticed a drasti...
by sbaustin
Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting around Arequipa
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Re: Getting around Arequipa

I've visited Arequipa several times. It is walkable although the higher altitude in general might be an issue if you aren't used to it or are in poor shape. Also the city is on an incline so you might be walking up hill or down hill depending. I didn't see many or any people biking though although I...
by sbaustin
Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Close-minded Peruvian Mother(Need advice)
Replies: 5
Views: 1026

Re: Close-minded Peruvian Mother(Need advice)

Hello everyone, 1) For my sister to take a gap year until I am almost done with college. 2) For my mother to nationalize us Italian so my sister can study at a European university for free. (My grandfather was Italian.) 3) For my sister to study at the UK for a much lower price. I have tried to pur...
by sbaustin
Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Are there really any job opportunities for a foreigners?
Replies: 4
Views: 1110

Re: Are there really any job opportunities for a foreigners?

Your marketable skill is being a native English speaker. The other industry you might look into is the travel industry. Other than that, I'm not sure there will be a lot of jobs here without Spanish fluency and a degree/experience.
by sbaustin
Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Office Desks - Light Color - 2 large and 2 small remain
Replies: 1
Views: 654

Re: Office Desks - Light Color - 2 large and 2 small remain

Everything has been sold.
by sbaustin
Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: XOOM-wire transfer receival fees
Replies: 3
Views: 959

Re: XOOM-wire transfer receival fees

I recently transferred $2k USD to my bcp account and the only fee was etf (0.10). More interestingly the transfer occurred within an hour which was a lot faster than the last time I used the service (2 days).
by sbaustin
Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Need a Visa?
Replies: 1
Views: 471

Re: Need a Visa?

You will get a tourist visa upon arrival in the Lima airport. You can not legally work with a tourist visa.
by sbaustin
Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Burgers! (split from cost of living thread)
Replies: 15
Views: 5149

Re: Burgers! (split from cost of living thread)

There is a new place on San Martin close to Larco, Taller de Burger. Has anyone tried it?
by sbaustin
Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: In Peru with nothing to do
Replies: 14
Views: 2321

Re: In Peru with nothing to do

I don't have any suggestions for you, however you did have a great adventure and learning experience.

What line of work are you in?
by sbaustin
Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Quitting Smoking
Replies: 11
Views: 2117

Re: Quitting Smoking

If it is sold in a pharmacy you can probably find it here: http://observatorio.digemid.minsa.gob.pe/#
by sbaustin
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Office Desks - Light Color - 2 large and 2 small remain
Replies: 1
Views: 654

Office Desks - Light Color - 2 large and 2 small remain

I have some used desks (melamine) for sale for anyone looking to equip an office or anything else. They will be available after June 27th - 2 corner desks: 1.4m x 1.4m s/236 ea. includes igv. - 5 smaller desks: 1.2m x 60cm s/118 ea. includes igv. SOLD 3. 2 remain. PM me if interested in the corner d...
by sbaustin
Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Delinquencies up on Housing Market
Replies: 3
Views: 1285

Re: Delinquencies up on Housing Market

Peru's delinquency rates are a lot lower than in the USA. In 2014 the USA home loan delinquency rate was over 6%.
by sbaustin
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help obtaining medicine
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: Help obtaining medicine

This portal should help you find whatever you are searching for. You can plug in the medicine and it will display the pharmacies that carry it along with the pricing:

http://observatorio.digemid.minsa.gob.pe/#
by sbaustin
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The housing slowdown is real
Replies: 2
Views: 1476

Re: The housing slowdown is real

Saw this article today in EC: http://elcomercio.pe/economia/peru/venta-viviendas-se-recuperaria-ritmo-similar-al-2013-noticia-1815849?ref=portada_home I saw this same article. It is really hard to tell what will happen in the next 6 months. Today in Gestion was an article titled, "Caen expecta...
by sbaustin
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Permit needed to leave Peru with CE?
Replies: 6
Views: 1375

Re: Permit needed to leave Peru with CE?

I was looking around and found https://www.migraciones.gob.pe/index.php/cancelacion-de-residencia-y-ficha-de-salida-definitiva/ Is this really needed? My plane tkt is for 3 months, and that doesn't exceed the 183 days for the automatic cancellation, do I need to do the whole thing? Regards I travel...
by sbaustin
Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Craft beers in Lima??
Replies: 25
Views: 10390

Re: Craft beers in Lima??

Another one: Oveja Negra https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oveja-Negra-Cerveza-Artesanal/973114186031908 It is wonderful the variety of beer that is here now! Current count I have done (June 6th 2015) = 47 different micro/craft breweries in Peru. This is only the beginning. Teach Beer Barranco Beer Com...
by sbaustin
Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: IT/Informatico/Developer/Programmer Group
Replies: 0
Views: 248

IT/Informatico/Developer/Programmer Group

I've tried in the past to get a group of people that are in or involved in a technical field together in Lima. I'd like to resurrect the effort so if you are interested in meeting others in the same field whether you are a programmer/developer, business owner/project manager in I.T. or have some kin...
by sbaustin
Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Guide to doing business in Peru
Replies: 2
Views: 1193

Re: Guide to doing business in Peru

Interesting information including a lot of background consolidated into one place. Maybe they'll produce a 20 page summary of the ~200 page document!
by sbaustin
Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: DO NOT WORK AT LANGROW
Replies: 8
Views: 2606

Re: DO NOT WORK AT LANGROW

Hi everyone. I just want to warn anyone that is thinking about teaching English at Langrow to not do so. I am STILL waiting on payment from NOVEMBER! (its January 15th right now) Every time I try go to the office to collect payment, they always have some new excuse for not paying me. Not only is pa...
by sbaustin
Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties
Replies: 17
Views: 2762

Re: The exuberance of Peruvian birthday parties

Well, it’s worth calculating what percentage of a salary a typical working class Peruvian might spend on a party up north (Piura). A teacher earns about 1,200 soles a month, so some 15 k soles a year, a party with un show, chelas y pavo for 30 people will cost 3k soles (remember people will expect ...
by sbaustin
Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo
Replies: 19
Views: 1744

Re: Tarapoto for 3 meses, help on internet,lodging,and transpo

Internet Can I get at least 5mbps internet in tarapoto without any thoroughput limitation (most ISPs i've checked are either 1 or 2mbps or has X GB limit)? I'm thinking of something along the lines of mobile wifi, which I see are available on the movistar and claro websites. Just confused/lost as t...
by sbaustin
Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: I am proud to be a big loser.
Replies: 34
Views: 3242

Re: I am proud to be a big loser.

Congrats on your weight loss. Your workout regimen is great unless you have a job!
by sbaustin
Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Recent Borderhop(ish) Experience to Ecuador
Replies: 21
Views: 2008

Re: Recent Borderhop(ish) Experience to Ecuador

DanielGent wrote:
So it appears (as Peru lacks any clear law on this) that if you leave some gaps between returning, and ideally return a following year, there's no questions about your length of time in Peru.



Are you stating this is Peruvian policy or just your personal anecdote?
by sbaustin
Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Fire Worker Sue Municipality of Lima
Replies: 8
Views: 1753

Re: Fire Worker Sue Municipality of Lima

I was trying to confirm the item about "ghost employees" which is not mentioned in the article. Meant it as a joke... Many corrupt officials sometimes have fake employees where the collect extra pay checks. Okay.. To me your post read like you were stating something from the article.. Hum...
by sbaustin
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Following the rules...
Replies: 8
Views: 985

Re: Following the rules...

To have a civilized society, there needs to be - rules. It is great Peru has the Preferencia laws, but many do not abide by them. Also waiting in line does not seem to be followed by a lot of people. Many places have security in place to force people to be - civilized. Do you have the right to make...
by sbaustin
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reasonable apts. in Miraflores?
Replies: 10
Views: 1385

Re: Reasonable apts. in Miraflores?

Sorry but you are looking in the wrong area for those prices.
by sbaustin
Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Fire Worker Sue Municipality of Lima
Replies: 8
Views: 1753

Re: Fire Worker Sue Municipality of Lima

I was trying to confirm the item about "ghost employees" which is not mentioned in the article.
by sbaustin
Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: IT jobs in lima - any success stories?
Replies: 13
Views: 2711

Re: IT jobs in lima - any success stories?

All the people that I know that were successful in getting jobs in the IT field are able to communicate in Spanish (not necessarily fluently). If you don't you are limited to finding a company that allows work from home which is pretty hard. Good luck!
by sbaustin
Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Internet Speed & Reliability
Replies: 48
Views: 20433

Re: Internet Speed & Reliability

I use filezilla (both server and client). I just ran a test to one of my servers and the speed is the same as it was.
by sbaustin
Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Fire Worker Sue Municipality of Lima
Replies: 8
Views: 1753

Re: Fire Worker Sue Municipality of Lima

Would be nice to see a link to the original article.
by sbaustin
Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: For Sale
Replies: 2
Views: 1203

Re: Tour Company For Sale

Please post your contact information in this thread. ** Edit ** I originally asked for some contact info because our registration system was down for a bit and would have prevented non board members from contacting you. Since it is back up, prospective buyers can contact you via PM. I understand tha...
by sbaustin
Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Return Flights
Replies: 11
Views: 1465

Re: Return Flights

I've been asked to see onward travel and others have reported being denied boarding in the airport.
by sbaustin
Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Internet Speed & Reliability
Replies: 48
Views: 20433

Re: Internet Speed & Reliability

fanning, those are some great speeds. Over the last year or two, internet speeds have finally arrived which I think is a great thing. crazytaco, at my house(MF) and office(SI) we have a cable modem which we get about 15mb download/2mb upload. If you have DSL, it will cap out probably around 7 or 8. ...

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