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by alan
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: There's A China Virus Vaccine!!
Replies: 19
Views: 705

Re: There's A China Virus Vaccine!!

You are fortunate that 19 has not struck your family or your circle of friends , which might explain in part your repeated posts. We woke up to the news that a very good friend of my wife´s family died yesterday of coronavirus. It was very fast, and he went while his family was rushing to find him a...
by alan
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Recommended restaurants in Lima
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: Recommended restaurants in Lima

I can recommend two ceviche places: Aventuras Marinas - https://goo.gl/maps/Z262djmvYmuy3hex5 - 2 min from MF Parque Central/JFK Park - best ceviche I have had in Lima. It's a hole in the wall kind of place but the food is brilliant. $$ Puerto Norte - https://goo.gl/maps/vph1CYYs8C5wCGup9 - around ...
by alan
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What does Peru need?
Replies: 36
Views: 1107

Re: What does Peru need?

Thanks, Gerard. The other option is to just buy the two different cuts, since that is the way the meat is generally sold here. "The T-bone is cut from the short loin subprimal from the front portion of the larger loin primal. The short loin is home to the most tender and popular cuts of steak. ...
by alan
Fri Dec 11, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Recommended restaurants in Lima
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: Recommended restaurants in Lima

Seems a little pricey. What makes this place so special to risk life and limb and "best not walk there?" What did you eat? Do they have a specialty? I've had the soups (changes depending on the day), the costillar, the rocotto relleno and the ocopa. All pretty good, but of course, that's ...
by alan
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What does Peru need?
Replies: 36
Views: 1107

Re: What does Peru need?

A restaurant that sells Mexican Food, heck I'd settle for some corn tortillas. A steak house. Pancake/waffle house. In general, good restaurants. T bone steaks at Metro You never see T bone steaks here, except from time to time in steak houses. There are a ton of these, by the way, mostly Argentine...
by alan
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Recommended restaurants in Lima
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Recommended restaurants in Lima

Sure... who doesn't like to go to the prize winning restaurants, but part of the fun of living here also means going to the lesser known places loved by the locals. The so-called "huariques"- Hopefully we can add to this list little by little, and follow up and comment if we try the recomm...
by alan
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 326

Re: Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2020

Nice to see Osso, La Mar and Isolina on the list. Not cheap places, but not off-the-wall expensive/high brow either. Speaking of Alianza, in fact they do have an "unofficial" restaurant called "Mi Barunto". It's a cebicheria located in La Victoria a block away from the stadium. W...
by alan
Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Is The Reaction To The Scamdemic Justified?
Replies: 9
Views: 400

Re: Is The Reaction To The Scamdemic Justified?

Take this exam to see how susceptible you are to the China Virus and tell us, is this panic really justified. I would implore everyone to NOT get tested. All you do is add to the mass panic of this scamdemic while giveing the politicians ammunition to clamp down on out freedoms. The following test ...
by alan
Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: "You are Welcome" not frequently used in English ?
Replies: 24
Views: 725

Re: "You are Welcome" not frequently used in English ?

It's funny you should mention it because 'no worries' is more common in British-English and that came from the Australian soap operas 'Neighbours' and 'Home and Away' if I am going to respond to a 'thank you' it will probably be with a 'no worries' like Crocodile Dundee :lol: (and of course, that f...
by alan
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: "You are Welcome" not frequently used in English ?
Replies: 24
Views: 725

Re: "You are Welcome" not frequently used in English ?

We gringos are getting less and less formal as time marches on, so maybe Windsport has a point. We just don't notice it the same way someone from another culture does. I can honestly say there are not many times I didn't receive a "your welcome" when I thought that it should have been offe...
by alan
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why Did You Retire in Peru?
Replies: 16
Views: 682

Re: Why Did You Retire in Peru?

Assisted living situations are much more affordable here than in the States or Canada, and depending on your location and insurance, you can get decent, on-demand health care at a reasonable price. So much depends on the lifestyle you want to lead though, and whether or not you speak, or are willing...
by alan
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why Did You Retire in Peru?
Replies: 16
Views: 682

Re: Why Did You Retire in Peru?

I retired to Peru 16 years ago. I married a beautiful Peruvian and we had two children together. Now, we will be moving back to the USA so my children can get the benefit of a better education and more career potential. It has been wonderful but most my expat friends have died or moved on. Wish you...
by alan
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

Something that has to be taken into account when considering the impact of corruption is that all the controls that get put in place add to the expense of doing business with the government, and that gets passed on to the taxpayer. Also, due to the fear of corruption, the public sector is often obli...
by alan
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Keep "Migraciones" informed about changes to your status
Replies: 18
Views: 2458

Re: Keep "Migraciones" informed about changes to your status

Even if you have updated your information, it seems that they are disappearing from their system. I recently learned (when trying to renew my CE) that they can't find my new passport information that I informed them using ACTUALIZACION DE DATOS soon after getting a new passport 5 years ago. Go figu...
by alan
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

Alan, Most of the Socialism or even extreme members of Socialism are part of the "Grupo de Sao Paulo" Socialism in Latin America and their members are not really "free" to think freely Veronica Mendoza and his Party Nuevo Peru is Part of this Group, too https://es.wikipedia.org/...
by alan
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

NoClever, Anyone who is been living in Peru the last 2 decades knows well that Corruption is been decreasing , but the scores instead of increase has decrease from 38 to 36 I am not so sure about that. Three things to consider: First, there is a LOT more money being spent by the State, since the co...
by alan
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

Alan, but. . . What are the reasons to think that Veronica will scale back or will change her mind ? There are two rounds to this game. In the first, the party needs to set itself apart from the mass of parties grouped in the center. In the second, the party needs to capture those same centrist vot...
by alan
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

Alan, Veronica could be good, but she has always been supporting indirectly to Chavismo and Maduro https://youtu.be/yJF1xSw-dbc Not to mention a second agricultural reform and a reform to the Constitution. But, maybe once into the second round, she'd scale back, just like Humala did. Personally, I ...
by alan
Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

When you consider that the average age of Peru is around 25 years old, the party that can capture their imagination will have a real advantage. Veronica is going to be very strong. She's young, not from Lima (but can speak "limanean" when she wants, besides Quechua). She'll eat Forsyth for...
by alan
Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

Purple as a reference in politics is often used when opposite parties e.g. socialists and liberal democrats form a government/cabinet. So, red, blue. What is lacking in Peruvian politics is green, at least so far. Further to that, Sagasti has made efforts to distance himself from his party, which i...
by alan
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

Successful in what way? Interesting, aren't socialists in liberals on the same side of the spectrum? What are the colors for conservatism and capitalism. FDiH is using term "liberal" in the European (and the original) sense, so in this case it does refer to conservatism and capitalism. (A...
by alan
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

And boom...just like that, we have a new interim president and a new president of congress. Regardless of your political leanings, it's pretty clear that both have integrity and seem well prepared for the job ahead of them. https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-11-16/perus-congress-selects...
by alan
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Best small businesses in Peru?
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: Best small businesses in Peru?

A big question with few details, but maybe this will be a good fit, since the investment isn't too high, it's not that technical, and you could work through the language barrier: a car wash. I heard recently from somebody who had done the research that you can really clean up. Pun intented. If you h...
by alan
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Changing $$ to soles
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Re: Changing $$ to soles

We are purchasing a home where the $$ is seldom used; they would prefer soles for the transaction. Any advice how to exchange a significant amount of dollars to soles? Would the "cambio offices" be interested in participating; how about select banks? What can we do to not encounter much o...
by alan
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cultural codes
Replies: 39
Views: 1302

Re: Cultural codes

Similar how? Certainly nor serial impeachments. 1870's was the dawn of the new world with all the inventions and wealth that came from America. That's true. But politics at the time were a mess. "Politicians of the time largely catered to business interests in exchange for political support an...
by alan
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: adapter
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: adapter

We want to buy an adapter to refill our US propane bottle of our recreational vehicle in Peru, at a gasstation where they sell GPL. Any idea where to find such an adapter that connects the US propane bottle to the GPL filling station? Something like this? https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.pe/MPE-43...
by alan
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cultural codes
Replies: 39
Views: 1302

Cultural codes

Yes, the time is different for Peruvian that from the USA. Peru is a 3er world a young country In the grand scheme of things, Peru and the USA are about the same age, what a difference. Why the difference. The USA seemed to consolidate much faster and develop solid institutions. From what I've hear...
by alan
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cultural codes
Replies: 39
Views: 1302

Re: Cultural codes

Yes, the time is different for Peruvian that from the USA. Peru is a 3er world a young country many things are still in savage state... it's a process some day maybe... As foreigner its good that everyone teach Peruvian that doing that USA or European way is better for everyone. I hope more Peruvia...
by alan
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cultural codes
Replies: 39
Views: 1302

Cultural codes

Yes, the time is different for Peruvian that from the USA. Peru is a 3er world a young country many things are still in savage state... it's a process some day maybe... As foreigner its good that everyone teach Peruvian that doing that USA or European way is better for everyone. I hope more Peruvia...
by alan
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

I don't think people will take to the streets to protest in large enough numbers to make any difference at all. Besides, there are enough influencial leaders of opionion who think the impeachment was a good idea to water down the indignation. After all, you hardly see anyone beating their casserole...
by alan
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Favorite place to vacation?
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: Favorite place to vacation?

I have 2 favorite places: 1. The Churin (hot springs area) The hot water is great for akes & pains plus is very therapeutic. 2. Ozapampa area I love all the green landscapes of the many farms; recommend taking the area tours Oxzpampa is small & very clean; they appreciate your business. Chu...
by alan
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Favorite place to vacation?
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: Favorite place to vacation?

When we want to get away from Lima to another Peru location, and if we want to spoil ourselves, Cuzco is very nice. Good restaurants, some nightlife. If we are in a more adventurous mood, pretty much any other place is good, too. We try to visit at the time the cities or towns are having celebration...
by alan
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

This https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Peruvian_protests explains it quite well. Note of caution for all expats, if you are not a citizen but a resident (worker), you can be deported for participating in protests. This is worth highlighting, just in case anybody missed it the first time. That said...
by alan
Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

Alan & NoCleverName Take a look at the timeline . .. Unfortunately the news of some violence came after this , the next morning (today) Fair enough. What we have also learned is that the government expressly tried to suppress news about the demonstrations, leading to the resignation of the news...
by alan
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cultural codes
Replies: 39
Views: 1302

Re: Cultural codes

windsportinperu wrote:Moral :

It is not only important how to undestand the Cultural Differences , but also to adapt to them . . .


I am pretty sure that no one is arguing with you on this point.
by alan
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cultural codes
Replies: 39
Views: 1302

Re: Cultural codes

De nada Alan It is like the try-and-error strategy If you don't know the area of the address you are seeking, how do you know if the person is giving you good information or sneding you in the wrong direction. How do you know that the next person you go to to confirm what the first person told you ...
by alan
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cultural codes
Replies: 39
Views: 1302

Re: Cultural codes

Years ago, we asked for directions from a couple on the street. Their arms literally crossed over each other as they each pointed out the way we should go. We all had a good laugh. My rule of thumb is now to evaluate just how convinced the person sounds when they give directions. If they seem slight...
by alan
Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cultural codes
Replies: 39
Views: 1302

Re: Cultural codes

A super interesting topic that deserves it's own thread! I agree with both of you: there are all kinds of codes that need to be interpreted/deciphered. It's one of the big challenges and joys of living here. My first job here back in the 90's was - oh god - selling advertising for a magazine. You ca...
by alan
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

First Massive and Peaceful Demostration in Lima, Arequipa, Pasco, Chiclayo, Piura, Juliaca, Trujillo, etc Was big, was peaceful , was unanimous Both The Police and The young People have had a good performance , No violence and no destruction of public or private property The Fake President is alone...
by alan
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 2396

Re: ¿Crisis política?

I don't think people will take to the streets to protest in large enough numbers to make any difference at all. Besides, there are enough influencial leaders of opionion who think the impeachment was a good idea to water down the indignation. After all, you hardly see anyone beating their casserole ...
by alan
Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ADOBE homes?
Replies: 13
Views: 792

Re: ADOBE homes?

I am doing some remodeling of an old home and thought some of you might be interested to see the construction methods that were used back in 1933. The walls are "quincha", which is a criss cross of reeds packed with earth (also with a lot of fibrous content). I expected to find that. What ...
by alan
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: some advice requiered to USA citizen expat living in the Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: some advice requiered to USA citizen expat living in the Peru

Hello Everyone 2.- IF I decides to send and deposit my savings to any bank to Peru, what's the simple and cheap ways to do. 3.- about your own experience what bank in Peru or how the expat make more money whether with savings or cooperative or anything even some business I appreciated any informati...
by alan
Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mantenimiento
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: Mantenimiento

billybob72 wrote:Cheers, Alan! :D Great answer as usual, I suppose if it includes the water then it's OK.


Depends on the building. I believe that a lot of new constructions have independent meters. Good luck with all!
by alan
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mantenimiento
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: Mantenimiento

So, I am looking up a nice apartment in San Miguel and it includes a 200 soles per month 'mantenimiento' which is a bit steep if it only covers a sleeping security guard on the desk and a lady to wash out the lifts. if anyone knows anything about this (Alan! :D ) then that would be lovely, thanks a...
by alan
Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: W.H.O. Said What????
Replies: 10
Views: 709

Re: W.H.O. Said What????

Launching a suit doesn't imply being in the right. Let´s see who eventually wins the suits, besides the lawyers who will be milking the pandemic for years to come.
by alan
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Great News ! Peru posponed for another 15 years the Approval of GMO Seeds
Replies: 30
Views: 1148

Re: Great News ! Peru posponed for another 15 years the Approval of GMO Seeds

I remember the moment when the govt put in the 10 year moratorium. Peruvian chefs were a key last minute lobby to keep GMO out. A good question to ask is how long the agro export business here will be able to compete, assuming that there are advantages to growing with gmo seeds. It's one of the grea...
by alan
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru did it again ! First Exporting Country of BlueBerries Arandanos in the World
Replies: 16
Views: 782

Re: Peru did it again ! First Exporting Country of BlueBerries Arandanos in the World

noclevername wrote:I'm all for a blueberry pancake revolution. When I spent time in Sweden I noticed blueberry soup was popular.


Who would have thunk that that was a thing. I Googled "blueberry soup, and it looks delicious. It seems similar to Peruvian "masamora", minus the Maple syrup.
by alan
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mortgages and earning from abroad...
Replies: 7
Views: 1557

Re: Mortgages and earning from abroad...

We have talked to our bank here in Canada (Scotiabank) and they advised us that we want to buy a second home, the best idea is to save and buy it outright, or even to use a line of credit. The mortgage rates in Peru are HUGE!!! Last check (2018) the best rate we could find was 10%. My advice, come ...
by alan
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru did it again ! First Exporting Country of BlueBerries Arandanos in the World
Replies: 16
Views: 782

Re: Peru did it again ! First Exporting Country of BlueBerries Arandanos in the World

That is curious. In terms of world production, Peru at 95 tons, does not even rate in the top ten world wide producers. #10 , on the list produces nearly three times as much as Peru, curious. Never looked at Metro or whatever, not a berry eater but In Lima I have never seen any berries of any kind....
by alan
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: NET BANKING
Replies: 8
Views: 703

Re: NET BANKING

@Sam & Windy. Further investigation showed that my friend had entered the CCI 20 numbers correctly, my name showed correctly. So we are both buggered if we know what was/is the issue. I am thinking now that it must be a local issue way down south in Touchpala( between Arequipa & Tacna). As ...

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