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by mtwilson
Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: My top 5 cravings from my home country
Replies: 18
Views: 3562

Re: My top 5 cravings from my home country

I'll second good quality Mex, Tex-Mex
Good quality cheddar cheese (sharp and medium) and affordable pickels.
Quality tools of any kind!
Quality spices in large variety.
Quality service of any kind.
Basically good quality stuff in general! ;)
by mtwilson
Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: 2012 Silver Canadian Maples For Sale
Replies: 0
Views: 492

2012 Silver Canadian Maples For Sale

I'm not really sure if this is where I should post this as I was not specifically thinking I would sell directly to members here but I have some 2012 silver Canadian Maple 1 imperial oz. coins I want to sell. I was really wondering if anyone knows of a honorable jeweler or collector in Lima who may ...
by mtwilson
Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: opthamologist
Replies: 2
Views: 927

opthamologist

I have a friend coming to Peru in early Dec who is looking for an opthamologist. English or Spanish is ok, just would prefer a recommendation.

Any responses greatly appreciated!
by mtwilson
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Canning Supplies?
Replies: 3
Views: 852

Re: Canning Supplies?

[/quote] I have a friend who is doing pickles and he buys his supplies "not in" but around the Surquillo market.[/quote] Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. I presume you are referring to mercado #1 and not #2. I guess I'll spend an hour or two roaming around there on my next trip. ...
by mtwilson
Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Canning Supplies?
Replies: 3
Views: 852

Canning Supplies?

Hello All, I live in Tarapoto, but I make occasional trips to Lima. I am wondering if anyone knows where to purchase canning supplies? Jars, lids, large and small would be great. If not, maybe you could suggest a reliable mail order source. Done some searching here and on the net, but nothing so far...
by mtwilson
Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hello! US Citizen marrying a Peruvian in a few weeks!(hope)
Replies: 20
Views: 4179

Re: Hello! US Citizen marrying a Peruvian in a few weeks!(hope)

You simply sign a piece of paper at your embassy (US embassy if you are American), raise your right hand and swear it's the truth, and they notarize it. You can even download the document from the internet ahead of time. I can vouch for this, this is all I did. I was in Peru and I did the whole thi...
by mtwilson
Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Mailing a letter?
Replies: 60
Views: 10171

Re: Mailing a letter?

I can vouch for SERPOST as well. I have sent several letters without a problem, just takes a while. Whenever I have an important document to send I usually use FedEx. It is more expensive of course, but it gets to the receiver quickly and I can track it online. Many offices around Lima just check th...
by mtwilson
Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best Banks and Why?
Replies: 28
Views: 7992

Best Banks and Why?

OK, after three years in Saudi Arabia, my wife and I are finally heading back home to Peru. Since last there the economy has changed, the world has changed and I suspect Peru has changed a bit too. For this reason I wanted to ask the group in general what banking institution is generally considered ...
by mtwilson
Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Program for the Unbanked Launched in Peru
Replies: 82
Views: 13297

Re: Program for the Unbanked Launched in Peru

rama0929 wrote:"If God did not want them sheared, He would not have made them sheep."


Spoken like a true predatory bankster!
by mtwilson
Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ECO-Tourism: Starting an eco-village retreat/business
Replies: 30
Views: 22102

Re: ECO-Tourism: Starting an eco-village retreat/business

I am coming to this conversation a little late and I hope that the contacts made here are still active. I will try reaching out to those of you who have posted alternate contact info. My wife's family is from Baranquita which is between Tarapoto and Yurimaguas. We have some of the largest private la...
by mtwilson
Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Good Business/Investment Intelligence Resources for Peru
Replies: 14
Views: 6115

Re: Good Business/Investment Intelligence Resources for Peru

VicManu, I wanted to let you know that I have copied all of this info and put it in a file and I am going through it all now. Thanks for the effort you made to share these resources, they are really quite helpful. I also came across another post of yours regarding the Peruvian economy and you were s...
by mtwilson
Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Program for the Unbanked Launched in Peru
Replies: 82
Views: 13297

Re: Program for the Unbanked Launched in Peru

If that were the case, you'd think they would've stayed with the gold standard... Anyway, if the economy collapses, it will be quite interesting to see you convert your gold for food or services. Can't eat it, can't bathe in it, can't use it to defend my homestead. Again, I would respectfully refer...
by mtwilson
Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Program for the Unbanked Launched in Peru
Replies: 82
Views: 13297

Re: Program for the Unbanked Launched in Peru

rama0929 wrote:
If the economy collapses, gold and silver will be the least of your worries, and probably just as worthless.


I don't know, seems to me that 5000 years of monetary history would refute that.
by mtwilson
Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Program for the Unbanked Launched in Peru
Replies: 82
Views: 13297

Re: Program for the Unbanked Launched in Peru

You know there is one form of electronic currency that I could support completely and that Peruvians could start using immediately and that's BitCoin (http://bitcoin.org/). It is anonymous and secure (you can encrypt your "wallet"). It is portable as your account can be stored anywhere onl...
by mtwilson
Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Program for the Unbanked Launched in Peru
Replies: 82
Views: 13297

Re: Program for the Unbanked Launched in Peru

Besides the repugnant notion that someone is tracking my every spending/deposit action or that my funds could be cut off for some over zealous law enforcement or tax authority action, there is another reason to resist any notion of using electronic currency accounts and that is the growing likelihoo...
by mtwilson
Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Precious Metals Investment in Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 6926

Precious Metals Investment in Peru

I know this topic has been touched upon a bit in the past, but I thought that considering the state of the global economy and the fact that many are considering (or have already done so) placing at least a portion of their investment portfolios into precious metals, that I would attempt to solicit f...
by mtwilson
Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Daft Peruvian Myths
Replies: 59
Views: 12845

Re: Daft Peruvian Myths

OK, my wife is from la selva and it seems that many think that folks from the jungle have special knowledge about these things. Besides the egg rubbing thing (I get that a lot) she says that going out in the rain is an almost certain death sentence (how people from the rainforrest can believe this i...
by mtwilson
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Good Business/Investment Intelligence Resources for Peru
Replies: 14
Views: 6115

Re: Good Business/Investment Intelligence Resources for Peru

Thanks for the feedback! Many here I was not tuned into. Much appreciated.
by mtwilson
Sat May 26, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Good Business/Investment Intelligence Resources for Peru
Replies: 14
Views: 6115

Good Business/Investment Intelligence Resources for Peru

I have been looking for good resources for business and investment research and intelligence for Peru. I have found the usual stuff, but I was wondering what others have found to be particularly timely and informative (and accurate). Does this kind of thing exist here? Spanish language suggestions a...
by mtwilson
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Firefighters struggle as country’s economy booms
Replies: 68
Views: 12811

Re: Firefighters struggle as country’s economy booms

BTW, I did enjoy the discussion about the Peruvian economy. I learned a few things and I like doing that. Thanks all!
by mtwilson
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Firefighters struggle as country’s economy booms
Replies: 68
Views: 12811

Re: Firefighters struggle as country’s economy booms

Well it's been awhile since I looked at this thread and boy oh boy did this thing take off. I would like to bring things back into focus a bit with regard to the topic of fire fighters struggling, as I believe I may have some expertise in this area. I started out as a volunteer fire fighter when I w...
by mtwilson
Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 62564

Re: Gun Laws!

It's a word tossed around far too liberally. I'm fairly confident that if you were to talk to someone who has lived under a Fascist regime, and then compared that to the US, I doubt you'd be taken seriously. I do believe I did say "becoming" in both instances. And I have said that I am tr...
by mtwilson
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 62564

Re: Gun Laws!

While you're at it, learn what "Fascism" is. The 2nd Amendment isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Well I suppose I should apologize for throwing around a such loaded term such as fascism in such literal minded company. As you may or may not know, the term is hotly debated even in academic...
by mtwilson
Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:10 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 62564

Re: Gun Laws!

Americans won't impale bureaucrats on crudely whittled sticks, because they're civilized people living in a first world country As an American from the US and as a student of history I must say this statement is woefully ignorant. No offense, but it appears you are not aware that the very foundatio...
by mtwilson
Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 62564

Re: Gun Laws!

Nevertheless, it does not have such horrible results in Peru because the government is too weak and incompetent to enforce all the nonsense and the Peruvian people (unlike servile Americans) simply won't pay much attention to such things. That leaves a precarious space in Peru to live a peaceful, s...
by mtwilson
Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:32 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 62564

Re: Gun Laws!

That is a lovely reminiscence Craig. I have similar fond memories with my father. Your comment makes me think of why I came to Peru in the first place. That is, to find a piece of land, live with my family in a more self sufficient way and to leave behind the highly oppressive propaganda and conform...
by mtwilson
Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 62564

Re: Gun Laws!

Well I am certain I could pass all of the background stuff, but my wife isn't gonna like any kind of psych eval. She hates that stuff. Maybe this is one reason so many Peruvians simply forgo the whole registration thing ;) Anyway, I'll do some digging around when I get back. I really appreciate the ...
by mtwilson
Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 62564

Re: Gun Laws!

Jimmy111 wrote:You cant posses any guns. You are not a citizen. Even most citizens have a difficult time to get a permit.
But it all depends on who you know.


Actually I will be a citizen in about a year and in the meantime I am certain my wife, who is a citizen, could purchase firearms for us. Thanks.
by mtwilson
Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 62564

Re: Gun Laws!

Thanks Craig,

I know the area and I'll be back in July. I'll check it out. Much appreciated.
by mtwilson
Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:57 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Firefighters struggle as country’s economy booms
Replies: 68
Views: 12811

Re: Firefighters struggle as country’s economy booms

I actually first came to Peru in 2005 as the head of a delegation of fire fighters from the states who were donating fire trucks, ambulances and the first portable defibrillators in the country. We were inspired to start this project when a fire in Lime killed 300 people in a mixed residential/manuf...
by mtwilson
Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:09 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 62564

Re: Gun Laws!

OK, it's been a little while since this thread has been active and I have looked through most of it (got a little tired of the are guns good or not back and forth) so now I would like to return to the original question but with a little more definition. I have land in the Amazon and I am interested ...
by mtwilson
Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Gold and Silver questions
Replies: 5
Views: 2231

Re: Gold and Silver questions

LauraMH, I know that some banks in Peru have safety deposit boxes, a friend of mine had one in San Isidro. Not sure if they work any differently than the States or Canada, but I expect not. Try ScotiaBank or HSBC, they are international players and are likely to provide them. If you are thinking of ...
by mtwilson
Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Beer, Wine and Sake Brewing Supplies
Replies: 1
Views: 438

Beer, Wine and Sake Brewing Supplies

I am looking for a place in Lima that sells brewing supplies for the home-brewer, specifically Sake (perhaps Bario China?) Anybody have a favorite for this?
by mtwilson
Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Need help with translating an "old" word
Replies: 3
Views: 718

Re: Need help with translating an "old" word

A Peruvian academic friend of mine says the word appears to be made up. It does not follow any grammatical structure he is familiar with.
by mtwilson
Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Years 2010 - You're Invited!
Replies: 17
Views: 2822

Re: New Years 2010 - You're Invited!

Not sure if I'll make it by, but I would love to meet you all "cara a cara". I have your number with me. If not, a heartfelt Feliz año nuevo a todos!!
by mtwilson
Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: You Know You Have Lived in Peru too long when you.....
Replies: 38
Views: 6475

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

It's not that you have been here too long, but rather you have adjusted to life here. You know you have adjusted to life in Peru when... It is completely normal for you to eat rice and potatoes (together) a second on aji at every meal. you think in terms of soles and don't convert them to dollars in...
by mtwilson
Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cashing checks from USA in Peru
Replies: 1
Views: 484

Re: Cashing checks from USA in Peru

We recently had this discussion, search the forum for "Cashing a US check". This should answer your question.
by mtwilson
Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where Do You Buy ... Stuff?
Replies: 15
Views: 2877

Re: Where Do You Buy ... Stuff?

I would buy my movies in Polvos Azules, my kitchen wares in the center, my food at local markets. Now that I am earning a living and things are better....I still shop at the same places. I have been doing it now for 3 years, and I am used to it. Many, especially Peruvians freak out that I go there,...
by mtwilson
Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Google Public DNS [speed up your browsing]
Replies: 14
Views: 6925

Re: Google Public DNS [speed up your browsing]

Wow, what a difference! I set up the Google DNS and my internet connection screams now. Much faster than Telefuncia. Also, I just started waving and I think it has great potential too. I have invites left as well and if you want to add me to your Wave contacts I am at mtwilson.[email protected].com. M...
by mtwilson
Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Roommates / Rooms for Rent
Topic: Looking to rent apartment or share a place, furnished or not
Replies: 3
Views: 1622

Re: Looking to rent apartment or share a place, furnished or not

Thanks Jennie for contacting me again, I misplaced your number. I will call today.
by mtwilson
Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cashing a US check
Replies: 23
Views: 7161

Re: Cashing a US check

OK, I said I would report back when all was said and done with my check and I am happy to report that the Interbank office in the Plaza Vea at Benevides and Camino del Incas cashed my check and did not charge a fee! It took 15 days instead of 12, but you wont hear me complaining about it. What an od...
by mtwilson
Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cashing a US check
Replies: 23
Views: 7161

Re: Cashing a US check

Well this news has certainly put a damper on my holiday weekend. I hope they are at least partly telling me the truth. I will let everyone know how it works out. How frustrating. Better to just tell me like it is than lead me on. If it is bogas, I will close the account anyway. No one gains with the...
by mtwilson
Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: Roommates / Rooms for Rent
Topic: Looking to rent apartment or share a place, furnished or not
Replies: 3
Views: 1622

Looking to rent apartment or share a place, furnished or not

My girlfriend and I are in the market for new digs. We both work and we would like to rent an apartment or share a place with others if the right situation comes up. Our land lady has her grandson moving back to take our current apt. Anywhere in the greater Surco, San Borja, Lince, Jesus Maria, Barr...
by mtwilson
Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cashing a US check
Replies: 23
Views: 7161

Re: Cashing a US check

So here is an update. I finally found a reasonable solution and I discovered some interesting things about Peruvian banks. I went to all of the major banks here and I had wildly different responses from each. Some charged fees and had long hold times and others wanted a carnet extranjero (which I do...
by mtwilson
Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cashing a US check
Replies: 23
Views: 7161

Re: Cashing a US check

It is a pension check from the State of Washington. Thanks for the tip about HSBC, I am going to check them out next. Where are they located?
by mtwilson
Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cashing a US check
Replies: 23
Views: 7161

Re: Cashing a US check

I have the check here physically and it is my name and I don't have anyone in the States who can deposit it for me. I went to the Moneygram in Miraflores and they said they would hold the check for one month and charge $50. How weird. The banks wont allow me to open an account with the check. In the...
by mtwilson
Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cashing a US check
Replies: 23
Views: 7161

Cashing a US check

OK, I am sure this has been discussed but I couldn´t locate it in the search. I have a Washington State check that was mailed to me and I need to cash it. The early news is not encouraging. The banks are saying it will take fron 30 to 90 days to process it if I don´t have an existing account. Is the...
by mtwilson
Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Nooks, Crannys and Dives
Replies: 41
Views: 13062

The best ceviche I have had in Lima is: Mi Barrunto. http://www.mibarrunto.com/ I have eaten here over 20 times. It beats places like La Mar, Punto Azul, etc. It's in La Victoria, but the block where the restaurant is has lots of security. Gaston and other people have done reports on their ceviche....
by mtwilson
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Nooks, Crannys and Dives
Replies: 41
Views: 13062

there is an awesome place in Jesus Maria where people go get an amazing leche de tigre- very informal, it's almost like street vendors cause everyone just stands around and eats it out of plastic cups. but it is SO GOOD! does anyone know what i am talking about? Yup, I know that place, it is good, ...
by mtwilson
Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help me enjoy my week in Lima!! All suggestions welcomed!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3081

Tomorrow night is electronica night at Bartini's in Larco Mar, My wife and I go there once and a while for dancing and it is a safe area. Sounds like you have little difficultly with the language barrier, so that's not a problem. Check out the hostels anyway. Loki and Flying Dog are right there in M...

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