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by happyfeet1
Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:26 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Who might consider leaving if Humala wins?
Replies: 164
Views: 29467

Re: Who might consider leaving if Humala wins?

Bye Everyone.
by happyfeet1
Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:15 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: So long peru (adios)
Replies: 135
Views: 21916

Re: So long peru (adios)

JoshuS wrote:Why Washington is worried about Peru

The natural question now is: What will Washington do now to "promote regime change" to a democratic elected government?


The answer is: Nothing.
by happyfeet1
Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:13 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: So long peru (adios)
Replies: 135
Views: 21916

Re: So long peru (adios)

cubangringo wrote:You made the wrong choice as a nation. The changes will come slowly and all for the worst. Maleta and go time for me and my family. For the rest of you gringos like me do not wait to long it only gets worst . :cry:


Bye Bye
by happyfeet1
Mon May 09, 2011 3:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Taxes on Tourist Visa?
Replies: 15
Views: 6315

Re: Taxes on Tourist Visa?

thanks guys :) Also, don't deal with those guys (tramitadores) who are hanging around the inmigrationes office in Breña. They are only in to getting away with your money and often your passport. They are scammers without exception. Lol...Hate that place. Vendors swarmed my taxi as I got out at that...
by happyfeet1
Mon May 09, 2011 2:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.
Replies: 43
Views: 7049

Re: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.

but can anyone agree with a large amount of gringos living here in Peru have a couple of screws loose? It is also possible that they were 'normal' when they arrived but have since been affected in some way. What is a normal person? What is normal? Whatever society claims it to be. Its not a value j...
by happyfeet1
Sun May 08, 2011 1:44 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: what's your political typology?
Replies: 25
Views: 5361

Re: what's your political typology?

Quiz probably does a pretty decent job of figuring out what your political ideology is. That said, I have issues with the way it was put together & agree with some of the other comments who found issue with the survey above but am too lazy right now to quote them. I scored liberal. Nevertheless,...
by happyfeet1
Sun May 08, 2011 1:31 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: what's your political typology?
Replies: 25
Views: 5361

Re: what's your political typology?

Happyfeet, I was commenting specifically on what I believe libertarians stand for which does not include support for big business. You can agree or disagree with it but was not the point of my post to debate it. In fact it is a complete waste of time to debate politics and religion in this forum. I...
by happyfeet1
Sun May 08, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: what's your political typology?
Replies: 25
Views: 5361

Re: what's your political typology?

The more the government taxes or legislates the less freedoms we have. Not necessarily... What about, for example, the freedom to breathe fresh air. Here is a quote from an argument put forth by Isaiah Berlin: "It follows that a frontier must be drawn between the area of private life and that ...
by happyfeet1
Sun May 08, 2011 12:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.
Replies: 43
Views: 7049

Re: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.

Couple of thoughts after reading the thread: -Before coming to Peru, I would say I was a little different than the average 'gringo'. For example, more adventurous, open-minded & bored with my life back in the US. I just seemed to go with the flow of what everyone else was doing in the US but it ...
by happyfeet1
Mon May 02, 2011 3:50 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: 21" GMD 5510, take it
Replies: 15
Views: 3487

Re: 21" GMD 5510, take it

If you do end up putting it out by the garbage it will probably be gone in a few minutes. Someone looking through the garbage at night will see it & sell it. So I wouldnt feel bad about it as it will still be helping someone.
by happyfeet1
Mon May 02, 2011 3:19 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Osama Bin Laden Dead.
Replies: 148
Views: 24124

Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead.

How much does this help Obamas re-election odds? Change the mood of the US?

Will be interesting to see watch poll numbers in the next couple weeks.
by happyfeet1
Mon May 02, 2011 3:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Socio-Economic Groupings
Replies: 6
Views: 1383

Re: Socio-Economic Groupings

Thanks for the info everybody. Interesting slideshow. I think this may be a classification used by market researchers and not necesarily the government? Anyway, one obvious weakness of this is that the classification is based on household income rather than per individual. So, for example, 4 people ...
by happyfeet1
Mon May 02, 2011 2:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: what do you miss from your home country?
Replies: 34
Views: 6257

Re: what do you miss from your home country?

My car, my bicycle, my bed, easy access to nature & peaceful areas (not parks surrounded by 3+ story buildings), having someone to speak english to, not being looked at as "differant" 24/7, rain/snow, family & friends.
by happyfeet1
Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Socio-Economic Groupings
Replies: 6
Views: 1383

Socio-Economic Groupings

The Peruvian Government places families into socio-economic groups A, B, C, D & E with A being the most wealthy. Just curious, anyone know how the government actually defines these groups (ex. how much income do you need to be in group A, vs B, etc)?
by happyfeet1
Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Opening a Bank Account in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 21566

Re: Opening a Bank Account

As a follow to my post a couple of weeks ago. I successfully opened a Peruvian bank account at the Interbank near the US embassy. All that was needed was a passport & driver's license. No utility bill needed, just had to give them a local address. On the contract I signed I was listed as an extr...
by happyfeet1
Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:15 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Pardo's Chicken -- feh?
Replies: 15
Views: 4985

Re: Pardo's Chicken -- feh?

I love Pardos especially when it is fresh & hot in the restaurant. Yet, it seems to me that quality varies from location to location. I was very impressed with the one in Plaza de Armas. I'm biased against Norky's because I don't like their aji as much Pardos so I can't compare the two.
by happyfeet1
Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Living in Cusco? Me, too.
Replies: 2
Views: 979

Re: Living in Cusco? Me, too.

I wish I was. Would love to get a breath of fresh air every once in a while :(
by happyfeet1
Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Taxes on Tourist Visa?
Replies: 15
Views: 6315

Taxes on Tourist Visa?

I am living in Peru on a tourist visa. I recently opened a Peruvian bank account. If I have money wired into this account (money that is my income from internet based work) would I be liable to pay any Peruvian taxes or anything? As far as I know I wouldn't since I do not have residency in the count...
by happyfeet1
Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: WHAT KIND OF PRESIDENT WOULD HUMALA MAKE?
Replies: 8
Views: 2406

Re: WHAT KIND OF PRESIDENT WOULD HUMALA MAKE?

So to wrap this up. Is there is a chance that Humala is putting on a big disguise & will try to bring about some type of autocratic socialist government? Sure there's a chance. Is that a certainty? Absolutely not. Humala has moved to the center this campaign &, given the examples I have lis...
by happyfeet1
Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: And the winner of the elections going to be...
Replies: 7
Views: 2211

Re: And the winner of the elections going to be...

Some Toledo voters will vote for Humala, especially those who are poor & of darker skin. I have heard that a lot of Toledo's support among the poor went to Humala in the last month or so, while many of his richer supporters went to PPK. Cant confirm that but it sounds logical given how fast he f...
by happyfeet1
Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Opening a Bank Account in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 21566

Re: Opening a Bank Account

Im gonna try to open up a bank account at interbank with just a passport & driver's license... Hopefully it will work as I'm in desperate need of a bank account. Anyway I have another question. The other requirement I believe is a utility bill. I live with my girlfriend & the house we are in...
by happyfeet1
Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:51 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: WHAT KIND OF PRESIDENT WOULD HUMALA MAKE?
Replies: 8
Views: 2406

Re: WHAT KIND OF PRESIDENT WOULD HUMALA MAKE?

Anyone who thinks differently is deluded. Whats the point of these forum conversations if everyone is so set in there way & close minded to other opinions? Why do you even start this thread & ask this question? It seems you are just looking for 10 other people to post on here agreeing with ...
by happyfeet1
Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: WHAT KIND OF PRESIDENT WOULD HUMALA MAKE?
Replies: 8
Views: 2406

Re: WHAT KIND OF PRESIDENT WOULD HUMALA MAKE?

Anyone who thinks differently is deluded. Whats the point of these forum conversations if everyone is so set in there way & close minded to other opinions? Why do you even start this thread & ask this question? It seems you are just looking for 10 other people to post on here agreeing with ...
by happyfeet1
Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best Ways to Entertain Guests in Lima
Replies: 25
Views: 5630

Re: Best Ways to Entertain Guests in Lima

Barranco is a cool place to explore especially when they have they have the vendors/musicians that set up in the square outside the Biblioteca. I'm not sure if they open up the market there every weekend though?
by happyfeet1
Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: It is still possible Humala NOR Keiko will be President
Replies: 21
Views: 4723

Re: It is still possible Humala NOR Keiko will be President

Tupacperu Am I right in saying although we have Peruvian members in the forum you are on a very lonely crusade. I know you have the support of Euroman, who we know very well and I realise it must be very difficult leading the army when you don´t even live here. Where are your supporters? I suppose ...
by happyfeet1
Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:28 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: PPK
Replies: 15
Views: 3154

Re: PPK

Can you actually get your US citizenship back a couple of weeks after renouncing it? Question is, has that procedure been completed or is it on a hold? I read something like "he surrendered his passport, but hasn't gave up the citizenship completely". Don't know how that works. In any cas...
by happyfeet1
Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Poker in Casinos
Replies: 12
Views: 3595

Re: Poker in Casinos

Awesome thanks for the reply. Looks like there is a lot of good information on your website will have to check it out later when I get some free time. I play heads-up sit n gos exclusively on the internet so this would be a new venture for me. I figured while I am close to so many casinos I should a...
by happyfeet1
Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Running in Miraflores
Replies: 9
Views: 3330

Re: Running in Miraflores

Malecon by parque del amor is a good place to run...You can also run a little on the other side of Larcomar more towards Barranco. I used to run from Miraflores until Chorillos just to kind of explore. I wouldnt be too worried about getting robbed or anything. That is if you arent listening to an Ip...
by happyfeet1
Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Poker in Casinos
Replies: 12
Views: 3595

Poker in Casinos

I am looking to play some live poker in Lima. I play online but thought it would be nice to get out of the house a bit. Ive never actually played in a casino so going here in Lima is a little intimidating to me. Does anyone ever play in the casinos? Whats it like? Hows the competition? What games ar...
by happyfeet1
Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:09 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: How Do Expats Not Know about the Election?
Replies: 9
Views: 2537

Re: How Do Expats Not Know about the Election?

They probably live in an enclosed world where they have few Peruvian contacts/friends & only interact with other expats. They are probably more interested in other activities like sightseeing/traveling or going out to bars/discotecas than mixing with locals & learning about the country they ...
by happyfeet1
Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Interesting Reuters Articles
Replies: 3
Views: 1132

Re: Interesting Reuters Articles

[/quote] Thanks happyfeet1. Very interesting. Is this really a fair summary of their policies? Do Keiko and Toledo realy both have the ridiculous policy of "growth of at least ..." as if this is a policy rather than just a hoped for result? Toledo puts 6% and Keiko 7%! Why didn't they both...
by happyfeet1
Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru: Campaigning a World Away From Reality
Replies: 12
Views: 2465

Re: Peru: Campaigning a World Away From Reality

For once I agree with you. but my position is that Humala is all the poor Peruvians have for voice. Unless the Peruvian gov't recognizes this in the next 5 years there will be backlash and all will be for nothing. Exactly. This is the problem Peru has. 35 % or so the population wants a radical chan...
by happyfeet1
Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:36 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Interesting Reuters Articles
Replies: 3
Views: 1132

Interesting Reuters Articles

Couple of interesting Reuters articles I found... 1.) This is biographical information & the main proposals from the four leading candidates. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/06/us-peru-election-candidates-idUSTRE7353R620110406?pageNumber=1 2.) This one's titled 'Leftist Humala woos ethnic...
by happyfeet1
Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:41 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Provincial Food In Lima
Replies: 2
Views: 1075

Provincial Food In Lima

I live in Lima but want to try food from other parts of Peru. I've seen restaurants that say like comida de la selva or comida ariqupena, etc but don't know whats good or authentic. So, does anyone have any recommendations?
by happyfeet1
Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:16 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: It seems we're doomed....again
Replies: 63
Views: 11067

Re: It seems we're doomed....again

Humala would like to halt the pilliaging of Peru. In order to fulfil his electoral promises he needs to disband the congress, which will make him an autocrat (like Fujimori). What happens with autocrats and dictators? They'll make sure they, their families, friends and allies will lead very luxurio...
by happyfeet1
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:46 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Who might consider leaving if Humala wins?
Replies: 164
Views: 29467

Re: Who might consider leaving if Humala wins?

http://www.livinginperu.com/news-14537-2011-elections-academic-says-ollanta-wont-be-able-govern-peru-if-elected I think this pretty much sums up a 'worst case scenario' if Humala actually ends up getting elected for those who are terrified of Humala. For those who believe Humala is disguising himse...
by happyfeet1
Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:01 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WHERE SHOULD I HAVE MY BABY IN LIMA?
Replies: 12
Views: 2448

Re: WHERE SHOULD I HAVE MY BABY IN LIMA?

How much does it cost to have a natural birth in one of the nicer clinics in Lima?
by happyfeet1
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:23 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: It seems we're doomed....again
Replies: 63
Views: 11067

Re: It seems we're doomed....again

That seems to be ignoring the fact that Humala was quite cozy with Chavez during the last elections, and that Chavez was quite vocally (if not financially) supportive of Humala. Humala claims now that it was all a big misunderstanding, that he was never that tight with Chavez, and is taking a much ...
by happyfeet1
Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:26 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: It seems we're doomed....again
Replies: 63
Views: 11067

Re: It seems we're doomed....again

Everytime a leftist tries to gain power from a more conservative government in Latin America, the other party brings out the Chavez boogyman because it is so effective in playing on our emotions. As an example, the exact same thing happened in El Salvador's election in 2009 when the leftist party tr...
by happyfeet1
Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: hats in the highlands
Replies: 3
Views: 1196

Re: hats in the highlands

Even in Lima when the sun is out it feels so much stronger than in the US even though the temperature doesn´t reach as high here. I guess this is the advantage of Lima only having a few months of sun.
by happyfeet1
Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:05 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: survey says?
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Re: survey says?

My personal experiences certainly arent a scientific measure. But, from most discussions Ive had with Peruvians they seem to have a favorable opinon of Obama. A number of people seemed awed by the fact a black man could become President. Bush, probably negative as most of the world except Albania th...
by happyfeet1
Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:42 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: It seems we're doomed....again
Replies: 63
Views: 11067

Re: It seems we're doomed....again

Two candidates that have put together some credible reform programmes are in front. Such as?...I understand Humala wants to take the country in a different direction but I don't know how to distinguish the other 4 candidates except Fujimori wants to reinstate the death penalty and will probably try...
by happyfeet1
Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: It seems we're doomed....again
Replies: 63
Views: 11067

Re: It seems we're doomed....again

Anyone know where to get info about the platform/philosophies of each candidate. I only have a general sense of who is on left/right/center. Peruviantimes articles are completely useless to me because they just tell who is leading polls rather than why or what each candidate wants to do. Wikipedia i...
by happyfeet1
Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Kindle, DHL and excessive fees
Replies: 11
Views: 2647

Re: A Kindle, DHL and excessive fees

No fees for bringing all that electronic stuff. The main concern is that everything is for personal use. So, for example, you cant bring multiples laptops, multiple cameras, etc. But one of each should be no problem. For example, I remember reading on the customs form that you have to pay taxes on a...
by happyfeet1
Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Baby formula in Peru
Replies: 5
Views: 1673

Re: Baby formula in Peru

I was at Vivanda today buying formula and happened to notice a few cans with wyeth written real small at the top so I hadn't noticed it before. Looked like there were a 3 or 4 types of formula from this brand. One called S-26 so I guess they do it have it here in Lima. Costs 98 soles or something so...
by happyfeet1
Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Baby formula in Peru
Replies: 5
Views: 1673

Re: Baby formula in Peru

That brand doesnt sound familiar from the ones I've looked at buying in Lima but I could be wrong. I use Enfamil. It costs maybe 50% more ($36-37 for big can) in Peru compared to US but then again everything for babies cost more in Peru. Not as bad as say baby toys though which can easily cost 3x mo...
by happyfeet1
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Baby Food
Replies: 1
Views: 528

Baby Food

Anyone know where to find organic baby food such as the brand Earths Best? Metro just has Gerber and Heinz and some other brand I'm not familiar with. Couldn't find it in the Wong in San Miguel either. Also, do they sell puffs for babies in Peru? this is like cereal that melts in a babys mouth
by happyfeet1
Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mother & Toddler Groups
Replies: 11
Views: 1927

Re: Mother & Toddler Groups

Why do the fathers & toddlers always get left out :cry:

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