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by jimrcqn
Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Sporting Goods Store -- Where to Buy Dumbbells
Replies: 2
Views: 940

Sporting Goods Store -- Where to Buy Dumbbells

I am trying to find 2 5kg dumbbells. I've looked in Ripley, Saga, Sodimac, etc. and cannot find them. I do not want a set or barbells; rather 5kg dumbbells. If I can find them, I would also like to buy a set of 1 or 2kg wrist/ankle weights. Does anyone know of the location of a sporting goods store ...
by jimrcqn
Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

We've lost touch. It would be nice to have another get together. Unfortunately, we'll have to miss the group on 22 Sept, but hope to catch up soon.
by jimrcqn
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paiche, another non-traditional exportation in Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 3211

Re: Paiche, another non-traditional exportation in Peru

Since reading the OP, I have read more online and looked for paiche at the supermarket. Today, the Plaza Vea near me had two slabs of it. Rather expensive at S./ 55kg (I think). I could not tell how fresh it was, so since I would not have time to prepare it tonight, I did not buy any. I like to prep...
by jimrcqn
Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Driving in Lima
Replies: 41
Views: 7272

Re: Driving in Lima

I have been living in Lima half time (2-3 months at a time, 34 times per year) for 3 years. Transportation has been with taxis, buses and occasionally combis. We finally got our car plates and insurance, and I have been driving in Lima for about a week. It is an experience. The Discovery series does...
by jimrcqn
Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: No more buttons at the airport
Replies: 9
Views: 1572

Re: No more buttons at the airport

I just came back to Lima last Sunday AM. When I handed in my customs form, the customs officer just motioned me around the x-ray machines and crowd without scanning. Not sure how prevalent that is.
by jimrcqn
Sun May 26, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lawyers in Lima
Replies: 32
Views: 21963

Re: Lawyers in Lima

This will re-emphasize and update my October 2010 recommendation attorney Guillermo Castañeda. I have recently used him for additional legal work and professional advice and the expertise and service were just as I had previously experienced. I am still struggling with Spanish, and his excellent Eng...
by jimrcqn
Fri May 17, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Talkatone and Google Voice = U.S. Phone Number
Replies: 6
Views: 2640

Re: Talkatone and Google Voice = U.S. Phone Number

I have Magic Jack and also Talkatone on my smartphone. Another smartphone app that I like is GrooveIP. Like Talkatone, it has a free version that works just fine. I had a problem with Talkatone on my Nexus 7 tablet that I did not have on the phone. When making a call to a US number from the tablet, ...
by jimrcqn
Sun May 12, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: VPN - references
Replies: 4
Views: 985

Re: VPN - references

I have been using WiTopia for several years and am quite pleased with it. Reasonable cost; responsive network; many gateways; good customer service: witopia.net.
by jimrcqn
Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ricotta Cheese
Replies: 7
Views: 2811

Re: Ricotta Cheese

Thank you. That is fairly close to me (though too far to walk). I'll check it out soon. I've looked often, but have never seen Ricotta at Wong or Plaza Vea or Tottus. In fact, it is very rare that I can find lasagna noodles, so I bring mine from the US. Good to know about a place that makes them fre...
by jimrcqn
Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ricotta Cheese
Replies: 7
Views: 2811

Ricotta Cheese

Does anyone know where to find Ricotta cheese in Lima? I really like to make lasagna, but have not found ricotta; cottage cheese is a very poor substitute. Does it go by another name here?
by jimrcqn
Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Thanks Americorps. It is always nice to be back here. You will do much better than I at coordinating something. I'm still learning my way around. I'm not sure what others think (chime in guys - this thread has become stale), but we enjoyed the last place. Certainly nothing fancy, but the location se...
by jimrcqn
Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

There has not been much activity here. I'm back in LIma for a while, and it would be nice to get together with the group again. We are not able to host anything at this time, but would enjoy a group brunch or dinner like the last one that Americorps set up. That was nice and reasonable in cost.
by jimrcqn
Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

David and I will be there. Let us know what you are serving and what is needed to go with it.
by jimrcqn
Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Either day is ok for us. It looks like Monday is preferred so far. Thank you, Poleron for hosting and thinking of me. But don't set dates just on my travel schedule. I look forward to seeing everyone again.

The dinner that Americorps set up was great. It was also good to see some new faces.
by jimrcqn
Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BUYING New building house in PERU
Replies: 28
Views: 4915

Re: BUYING New building house in PERU

I bought a condo last April while here on a tourist visa. The approval to sign contracts was quite easy to get and as posted above took only about an hour or so. Nothing was said about time, and I was not asked anything. My visa was stamped for 30 days, even though I still had over 60 days left on m...
by jimrcqn
Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: another ATM fee & maximum withdrawal amount
Replies: 31
Views: 9221

Re: another ATM fee & maximum withdrawal amount

From my experience, no ATM fees at Scotia or BCP are not "rumors." I have debit cards from 3 different US banks that I have used and have never been charged a fee at any Scotia or BCP ATM machine. As far as I know, Interbank and most other banks in Peru DO charge fees for ATM withdrawals. ...
by jimrcqn
Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Nice work, Americorps. David and I will be there and hope we get a good turnout.
by jimrcqn
Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: another ATM fee & maximum withdrawal amount
Replies: 31
Views: 9221

Re: another ATM fee & maximum withdrawal amount

I do not think Scotia or BCP charge any fees for ATM withdrawals. I regularly withdraw funds in both Soles and dollars and do not get charged any fees. My US bank also does not charge me fees for foreign ATM withdrawals, but other banks might (and likely would) do so. I find that the use of ATM's fo...
by jimrcqn
Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

We just got back in town after a nice long weekend trip where we did not have free Internet each day. It is nice to see more postings here, especially from some new particpants. Americorps suggestion for going to a restaurant rather than our typical potluck is great. I hope he can find a good choice...
by jimrcqn
Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

We are going to Ecuador from 13 - 18 January. Other than that, we are available the remainder of the month.

Jim
by jimrcqn
Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

The rum will be great. We've got so much food that I cannot think of any side that is needed, and I hate for anything to go to waste. Everything we are cooking will make for good leftovers.
by jimrcqn
Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Things to Do on Dec 24 & 25
Replies: 6
Views: 1148

Re: Things to Do on Dec 24 & 25

Here are some ideas from Living in Peru: http://www.livinginperu.com/calendar/2010/12/25

It also lists some places for dinner with more details and prices.
by jimrcqn
Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Hey Jim, As I said to Polaron, I will work this 24th but I could visit you for a while. I am not sure the time I could be with you but anyway I will be there. Hope to be at 1am with you. Jim, I will phone you when I am going so that way you could tell me if I am on time or not hehehe. That's great....
by jimrcqn
Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Thank you, Polaron. When David's friend, who was going to do the cooking had to cancel at the last minute, I was concerned about what to serve. I found some recipes and decided that I could do it, so decided to make the aji de gallina myself, even though I was leery about trying something for a gro...
by jimrcqn
Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Thank you, Polaron. When David's friend, who was going to do the cooking had to cancel at the last minute, I was concerned about what to serve. I found some recipes and decided that I could do it, so decided to make the aji de gallina myself, even though I was leery about trying something for a grou...
by jimrcqn
Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

This will be my first Christmas in Peru. David has decided that he wants to spend this first Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) at our home rather than with his family. We'll have a turkey and other Peruvian traditionals (which I am still trying to learn). I understand that it is served at midnight. We wil...
by jimrcqn
Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Thank you, Willy. It was nice to meet you. We had a wonderful time and look forward to seeing more of you.
by jimrcqn
Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Sounds good, Polaron. We are providing a main course of aji de gallina, so whatever complements that is welcome. We should have an adequate amount of gaseosas unless someone has a particular preference. Pepucho is bringing a cake. We could use some bocaditios (snacks) to nibble on before and after d...
by jimrcqn
Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

We are all set for the potluck at our home this Saturday 18 December. I just sent a PM to the group including some of you who I know cannot make it -- just in case plans change. Anyone who can join us and who has not yet sent an RSVP is still welcome. Please do respond so that we can be certain to h...
by jimrcqn
Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Sad that you cannot make it, Americorps. Your wit and insightful conversation will be missed, especially by me as I always learn more about living in Peru when we are together. I'm guessing that your commitment also includes your partner, but if not, be sure to let him know that he is welcome. David...
by jimrcqn
Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

It sounds like we are going to have another great potluck evening this Saturday, 18 December. I'm suggesting people plan to arrive around 7 PM with dinner about 8. We have confirmed that David's friend, Frank, will be here and will do aji de gallina as the main course -- it is better than any I have...
by jimrcqn
Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

We are still planning to host the group on 18 December, but have not received any confirmations, yet. We hope to get a nice turnout from the group. And, as always, friends are welcome. Please let us know if you can make it. This will be my first Christmas in Peru, so how busy things get here, but ca...
by jimrcqn
Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

That is great. Let's tentatively plan on Saturday the 18th pending some replies as to availability. We'll host this one at our place in Surco. We could do either date, but I think Saturday evening the 18th might be better since some of the group works on Saturdays. After we get a date agreed upon, I...
by jimrcqn
Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: UPDATED - Kudos to Travel Agency and Interbank
Replies: 15
Views: 1867

Re: UPDATED - Kudos to Travel Agency and Interbank

We have used Fertur 3 or 4 times in the past year and a half with generally good, positive results. I first found the agency after doing a Google search for English speaking travel agent in Lima. Fertur was part of a very small search result (maybe the only one for all I can remember). I then did so...
by jimrcqn
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

I'm a little late in expressing our thank you to Polaron for hosting a great evening. We had a wonderful time, and it was nice to see some new faces. You make a good point about get togethers not having to be just once a month. And please do not worry about my schedule. It is good to meet with frien...
by jimrcqn
Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Netflix + Roku
Replies: 5
Views: 1949

Re: Netflix + Roku

Your Roku box will not help since it will be connected through your local router and will be sending a Peru Internet address. Netflix and most other streaming sites block activity from non-US Internet addresses. The best and most economical solution that I have found so far is a VPN (Virtual Private...
by jimrcqn
Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

November 1st works great for us, too -- 3 or 4 whichever is finally decided. I'm glad we'll still be here to join in.

Chinese is good. We even like fake Chinese called Chifa (David loves it.)

Since it is Chinese, we'll probably bring drinks rather than a side or whatever is missing to complement.
by jimrcqn
Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Curlyguy and Poleron are so correct. We had a wonderful time ourselves, and all others seemed to, as well. Americorps and his partner are great hosts and good cooks with a comfortable apartment ideal for socializing. I hope we did not leave them with too much mess for Sunday. David brought it up aga...
by jimrcqn
Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Oops. I meant to type technophile. I was reading one of Americorps other posts and had "phobe" on my mind. :)
by jimrcqn
Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Sounds great. I don't use Facebook or Twitter. I'm a technophobe, but have never gotten into the social networking stuff. Thanks to you and Kelly for broadcasting.

We've got 8 wine glasses and will bring them with us. If anything else is needed, we'll do our best to help.
by jimrcqn
Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

I'm sorry for not getting back sooner with our sides. We went to the highlands for the holiday weekend. We'll make some cheese and spinach enchiladas and will do them small as snacks or appetizers. We'll also bring some red wine. This looks to be a great evening with good food and socializing with n...
by jimrcqn
Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dehumidifer and Air Purifier?
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Re: Dehumidifer and Air Purifier?

We bought a dehumidifier at Sodimac for a little over S/. 400 (don't remember exact price). The brand is Imaco, and we use it several hours each day. Following is a link to a company that has air purifiers: http://www.sammytec.com/aire.html Please note: We HAVE NOT purchased an air purifier nor done...
by jimrcqn
Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lawyers in Lima
Replies: 32
Views: 21963

Re: Lawyers in Lima

I can highly recommend the attorney who I used for buying our departamento. He provided excellent client service and speaks flawless English always able to explain and interpret everything in a way that I completely understood. He made him self available whenever necessary for however long was neces...
by jimrcqn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

No objections. Great suggestions. I'm part of a group in the states, and we do a monthly potluck at rotating members homes using the format Americorps suggested. It has worked quite nicely.

Count us in (2 of us), and I will get back later with our side dishe(es).
by jimrcqn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Which banks in the US don't charge ATM fees overseas?
Replies: 34
Views: 5856

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

I use Scottrade (brokerage account with free checking and ATM). They do not charge any fees from withdrawals from any ATM's worldwide. Neither Scotia nor BCP charges local ATM fees for withdrawals from their ATMs. Another thing to be watchful for is how your US bank calculates the currency conversio...
by jimrcqn
Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

We will be going out of town for the holiday on the weekend of 8 October, so I second Americorps' suggestion of 15, 16 or 17. We are open to all three dates, but think dinner on Saturday the 17th or brunch on Sunday might be better since some might have to work part or all of Saturday. We'll go with...
by jimrcqn
Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: HELP needed with chop meat PLEASE HELP!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 4022

Re: HELP needed with chop meat PLEASE HELP!!!

This post has been helpful to me as I am learning both Spanish and the way things are done here. Shopping for groceries has been especially difficult. Does anyone have a comparison of standard beef cuts as they are done in the US to terminology here in Peru? For example, are there equivalents here t...
by jimrcqn
Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

Sorry for not getting back to this sooner. I think David has something planned for us this Sunday, but we should be able to do something the following weekend. We'll be adequately stocked here and are also willing to travel. As of now, we should also be available in mid-October when Americorps is av...
by jimrcqn
Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies
Replies: 234
Views: 44998

Re: LGBT Expats, and friends and allies

I would like to suggest another get-together soon. We are willing to either host or travel, depending on the preference of others. Perhaps a potluck dinner format would be nice, but just sharing of snacks and socialization will be fun, too. If the notice is not too short, this coming weekend can wor...
by jimrcqn
Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: do gsm smartphones work with claro?
Replies: 5
Views: 1946

Re: do gsm smartphones work with claro?

I am also a T mobile user. You need to have your phone unlocked, and T Mobile is very cooperative with this. Simply call the customer service number and ask for the unlock code. It usually takes a day, but you will receive the unlock code and instructions for your phone by email. When in Peru, simpl...

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