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by rgamarra
Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Daughter of Peru's Fujimori says she would pardon him if she
Replies: 36
Views: 4039

FARC doesn't penetrate Bogota anymore due to Uribe's strict stance. I personally knew a Colombian from Bogota who was a political refugee (in the States) b/c the FARC tried to kidnap him as a teenager. I think it's wrong that Alan Garcia is not being judged for his sins b/c of an expired "statu...
by rgamarra
Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ¿Do you?
Replies: 22
Views: 4556

I've lived in Peru for significant periods of time since 2005 and moved here in 2007. I'll be going back to the States in August for an indefinite period of time, but that takes me to the third category where we will eventually move to Peru all together. I currently live here with my two daughters w...
by rgamarra
Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Sad news
Replies: 5
Views: 1286

The recklessness of these drivers is just disgusting. I pray his wife will be able to heal physically and emotionally.

Such devastating news.
by rgamarra
Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: U.S Citizen, but resident in peru for marriage
Replies: 3
Views: 691

All I do is show my C.E. with the stamps on the back.

They never give me any problems or ask me for another form.

Maybe it's b/c I normally travel alone with my children.
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:33 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The next president is ?
Replies: 34
Views: 3596

In the USA the states that promote liberal agendas (socialist) for the most part used to be the wealthest states. Now they are the brokest states with the highest unemployment and the most crime. The conservitive states are now the rich states with the best standard of living and the lowest unemplo...
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The next president is ?
Replies: 34
Views: 3596

Re: The next president is ?

Kieko will pardon her father and then you will really give Fujimori a second chance. That is where her loyalty lies. His daughter will be his puppet. Keiko has already made it publicly known that she would pardon her father. The 2006 elections had the most candidates ever. I suspect 2011 will be th...
by rgamarra
Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The next president is ?
Replies: 34
Views: 3596

I'm sorry, but IMHO, you cannot trust the polls in Peru. Peru's political temperature changes by the day and predicting any one presidential candidate for 2011 leaves little room for accuracy. The scales of politics are tilting left in Latin America, some are moderate and some are radical, and I wou...
by rgamarra
Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Please answer the following questions.
Replies: 14
Views: 2134

My oldest daughter, Elise, started on the 2nd (well, actually the 3rd b/c I didn't have all the útiles .) And the little one started Nido on the 4th. She's in the 4 year old classroom. From what I understand the calendar change was passed last year; although like Kelly mentioned, the private schools...
by rgamarra
Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian exit poll
Replies: 38
Views: 5385

To Tom & Kelly: Of course the two types apply to other countries, groups, etc. However, I am particularly commenting on the types of Peruvians I come across in Florida. As for the others, I think too many people on here are becoming PC sensitive. I'm at least trying to stay on topic and not take...
by rgamarra
Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian men and household chores
Replies: 69
Views: 13073

Re: Peruvian men and household chores

Whenever, I try to ask my bf to help with some household tasks such as for example washing dishes (sometimes!), he looks at me as if I had two heads. He thinks that because he works outside and pays for the family expenses (if I want something extra for me and it´s not cheap, I buy with my savings)...
by rgamarra
Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian exit poll
Replies: 38
Views: 5385

I happen to disagree, only a small percentage of the Peruvians I know in Florida actually seize the opportunity. Many of them are content working as cashiers or in a plant years on end and making barely survivable wages. They are content living in a home with carpeting and air conditioning, even if ...
by rgamarra
Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvians returning to Peru
Replies: 58
Views: 9245

RGamarra, To be honest, the myth that immigrants to the USA refuse to learn English has long since been disproved even though I agree it is often repeated. History shows that before WW2, latinos learned within 2 generation, German within 4-5, Italians within 3 etc.. Until WW2, there were literally ...
by rgamarra
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:00 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvians returning to Peru
Replies: 58
Views: 9245

See Jamie, look what you started! :lol: :wink: We all love Peru, there's no doubt about that, regardless of the pet peeves we may have with the government or culture. I think what Jamie is saying is that it's O.K. to live in Rome, but not "do as the Romans do" if you don't want to be Roman...
by rgamarra
Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Interest on a Mortgage in Peru for foreigners
Replies: 20
Views: 5704

We originally did the BCP acct. where you make fixed monthly deposits. They wanted 6 months as well. We didn't put the deposit for 6 months, in fact we only did about 3 months. They told my husband they would finance the property as long as we had the 20%. Since then lending in Peru has become stric...
by rgamarra
Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Do you tweet?
Replies: 3
Views: 794

sunflower wrote:Never heard of it before, so I just checked out their page.

For me this sort of communication is absolutely useless. Sorry! Probably I'm just to old.

Eva


I know, it took me a bit to figure it out myself. :)
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Do you tweet?
Replies: 3
Views: 794

Do you tweet?

Just wondering how many on here are using twitter.

You can find me here on twitter.

If you tweet a.k.a. use twitter, post your link below.
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvians returning to Peru
Replies: 58
Views: 9245

We got to know quite a few of them over time and out of curiosity I would ask…”Will you be going back to Peru permanently some day?” Not once was the answer “yes.” Tom Same in Orlando and we have a ton of Peruvians up there now. Not one will tell you "yes." I think my husband is the only ...
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru's RECESSION PROOF economy booming!
Replies: 22
Views: 2117

A shining path lackey salary isn't bad in the provinces. They pay $20 USD a day. Just imagine what political power or influence they could wield if they wanted to, especially if a socialist/communist figure under Chavez's payroll were to emerge. Lima is only the seed in a big palta . rgamarra - You...
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvians returning to Peru
Replies: 58
Views: 9245

Hi Cajun Jamie Maybe it is not rude to say that this place is backwards but i think it could be rude to say that "Peruvians don't often use logic"...... because not all peruvians are like that, it is just the same as any other part of the world where you can come across with all sort of p...
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Interest on a Mortgage in Peru for foreigners
Replies: 20
Views: 5704

The loan I have from BCP is in my name, but with my husband's income...Don't ask me how they worked that one out. At the time they did not require a credit check (we're talking 2007) and the rate I'm paying is 9.5%. We only put 15% down on our property. The last time I checked a loan was with Interb...
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvians returning to Peru
Replies: 58
Views: 9245

Get used to NOT paying your bills online. I miss this option dearly. In most cases you can pay your utilities at Metro or Wong. Rachel, why do you say this? I pay my bills online. I have my account at Interbank, and can pay all my bills (except the kids' tuition) through that account online. That's...
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru's RECESSION PROOF economy booming!
Replies: 22
Views: 2117

A shining path lackey salary isn't bad in the provinces. They pay $20 USD a day.

Just imagine what political power or influence they could wield if they wanted to, especially if a socialist/communist figure under Chavez's payroll were to emerge.

Lima is only the seed in a big palta.
by rgamarra
Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: St Paddys´s Day Lima
Replies: 2
Views: 757

I went to the Irish bar last year and it was full of bricheras and gringos looking for bricheras.

The other one I went to (before the Irish bar) was much more intimate and had more games. Sadly they closed.
by rgamarra
Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvians returning to Peru
Replies: 58
Views: 9245

Just get used to the fact that the family is going to tell you how to raise your child even if you didn't ask them for their opinion. If your child uses a binky or "chupon" you will not hear the end of it from strangers in public. Best advice...Just nod and ignore. ------------------------...
by rgamarra
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru to Costa Rica?
Replies: 8
Views: 1926

Anyway, I got my yellow fever vaccination at Laboratorio Clinico Roe down on block 4 of Com. Espinar in Miraflores for 86 soles. It took me all of 10 minutes. So far it has not made me sick. So I'll be booking my trip soon, I'll let you know but I'm pretty sure it's going to run me a cool $900. I'd...
by rgamarra
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru's RECESSION PROOF economy booming!
Replies: 22
Views: 2117

I don't think Peru will go into a recession either, but politically I still wouldn't classify it as stable.

We'll have to see what 2011 brings the country.

5% growth is still better than the 6% shrinkage of the U.S.
by rgamarra
Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: real estate in the north, trujillo, huanchaco y las delicios
Replies: 5
Views: 6093

alyscamps1 wrote:http://www.adondevivir.com/


Also check the classifieds of El Comercio.

I second the andondevivir.com suggestion.
by rgamarra
Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Don't cross the street as soon as the light goes red!
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

I saw 2 examples recently: 1- I'm sitting in a combi at a red light, I hear SCREEEEEEEEECH! A lady didn't see the light change and skids into the intersection almost taking out a pedestrian. The serenazgo pulls her over and lectures her. 2- Today a lady just walks into the intersection, the light w...
by rgamarra
Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving Soon Possibly... Need Help & Your Thoughts on Job
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Hi Barry, I have an article on teaching abroad and like Alan said, it doesn't necessarily have to be in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language.) http://www.examiner.com/x-5004-Orlando-Living-Abroad-Examiner~y2009m3d3-Dont-let-a-layoff-expel-you-from-teaching Good luck on your transition abroad...
by rgamarra
Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The next Expat Event: What would YOU like to do?
Replies: 20
Views: 2591

Bonfire parties were a staple both back in Kansas on the river-front while growing up, and on the beaches of San Diego as an adult. When I was in H.S. ( gosh I'm getting old ) we used to have bonfires in the woods. Except when we did it, it was illegal. The land-owner eventually found out and ended...
by rgamarra
Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Left hand turn lanes.
Replies: 7
Views: 976

Americorps wrote:Everyone knows you are supposed to turn left from the far right lane anyway, especially when there are 3 or 4 lanes to cross in heavy traffic.


Now I know why I failed the driving test @ Touring. :roll: :lol: :x
by rgamarra
Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Left hand turn lanes.
Replies: 7
Views: 976

I only wish they would properly add more left turn lanes. Traffic gets held up b/c when the light turns green it's a free for all. It's also interesting how you can travel down a road (2 way) and then all of a sudden you see arrows pointing against you. - There's an avenue like this in Barranco. The...
by rgamarra
Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Don't cross the street as soon as the light goes red!
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

What about the look you get from the guy behind you after YOU stop at a red light and he pulls along side you afterwards? That's why I have tinted windows. I can see out, but they can't see in. 8) I also like the "flashing of the headlights" and persistent tail-gating... Especially when t...
by rgamarra
Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Don't cross the street as soon as the light goes red!
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Please, even when it's red people go through the light. That is what I was referring to. The other cars continue through the intersection even though the light is green for you to advance. They look at you like YOU'RE the crazy one for advancing through the intersection when it's your turn. In Peru...
by rgamarra
Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Don't cross the street as soon as the light goes red!
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: Don't cross the street as soon as the light goes red!

I'm pretty sure y'all are familiar with this but I thought I'd remaind you. As you may have already noticed, it's common practice for Peruvian drivers to run through the red light as soon as it's turning red (like, when the light goes yellow and then red, 3 or 4 cars are still in motion). Therefore...
by rgamarra
Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Real Estate in Lima: already a 10% less
Replies: 63
Views: 11601

Pop goes the bubble.

Peru's present market reminds me of the 2006 U.S. R.E. market when prices started to decline.

The second half of this year won't be much of a seller's market in Peru. That's when we'll see homes stay on the market for years again without selling, just like before.
by rgamarra
Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lights out?
Replies: 4
Views: 707

You should try crossing Huaylas Avenue to get to the market!! No traffic lights, no police to control the traffic or the pedestrians, and no-one knows what to do!! Great fun. Oh yes, police control when needed. They're much better at showing up when NOT needed. Barranco was the only district where ...
by rgamarra
Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: German School in Lima or Arequipa
Replies: 9
Views: 2613

It's probably a mix of reputation and location.

Humboldt I hear is good, but new, non German speaking, students can only enter up until a certain age/grade.

There is also a Swiss school, Pestalozzi (sic) in Miraflores.

In international schools I would look for one with an IB program.
by rgamarra
Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Light/moderate rain in Lima
Replies: 10
Views: 1329

The only thing I don't like about the rain is that in Chorrillos it leaves dirt spots all over your car.

I've become a familiar face to the car wash guys at Plaza Lima Sur.
by rgamarra
Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Real Estate in Lima: already a 10% less
Replies: 63
Views: 11601

$850K may seem nuts, but I think we're talking about a sophisticated investor in this case. For an ocean front property over $400K the price is too high for the quality of the construction and finishing that you are buying. These properties are also probably harder to unload due to the fact that the...
by rgamarra
Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lights out?
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Lights out?

Did the lights go out for anybody else? There were patches of Chorrillos and Barranco w/out electricity. I was also w/out water for a short while (maybe b/c I live on the 8th floor.) No electricity = No working traffic lights. Sure enough one taxi blew through an intersection and t-plowed right into...
by rgamarra
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru to Costa Rica?
Replies: 8
Views: 1926

Wow, what a gorgeous estate your dad has!
by rgamarra
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Light/moderate rain in Lima
Replies: 10
Views: 1329

I love a small rain shower. It reminds me of Florida.

I've noticed that the drops have been getting bigger in the past year. Normally "rain" in Lima means a light drizzle or mist.
by rgamarra
Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Opening a bank account in the USA?
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Yes, The catch is you need to be IN the USA to do it and you need a State driver's license. (At least that is the way I know.) To get driver's license: I-94 Entry visa Passport Driving exam *The driver's license is only valid as long as your visa is. To open bank acct: Passport Driver's license Form...
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Latin America breaking free?
Replies: 28
Views: 2966

It doesent really work that way in peru. If and when the people of the country side dont get their money they just strike. They block the roads, refuse to sell the animals they raise and just plain make themselves a pain in the but untill they get their way. In doing so however they only hurt thems...
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: To die in Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 1255

tomsax wrote:CG You could have one the photo contest: category Humour. Is it too late to submit?


The contest is closed, but I definitely agree that he should have entered that one instead.

On one hand death is not funny.

On the other hand it could have easily qualified as dark humor.
by rgamarra
Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:52 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: English to Spanish translator wanted
Replies: 17
Views: 3335

$0.08-$0.09 a word is fair and on the low end.

If you are looking for cheap labor then this is probably not the forum to be scouting for it.
by rgamarra
Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Pulled Over For.....
Replies: 15
Views: 3056

When they threaten to take you to the Comisaria it's really a last chance effort to extract a bribe. Even if you're wrong (which my husband has been) they'll stop one block away from the Comisaria and do you a "favor" by letting you off with a warning. It's up to you if you pay them for th...
by rgamarra
Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: To die in Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 1255

My late cousin's birthday would have been tomorrow. I was just telling my Aunt yesterday how differently death is treated in Peru compared to the United States.
by rgamarra
Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Real Estate in Lima: already a 10% less
Replies: 63
Views: 11601

Orlando is a safe bet because of tourism. You can rent your property out, should it be in a complex with pool and other amenties , especially if it is anywhere near Celebration, FL. Families travel to Disney and other parks and generally have to pay for 2 rooms in a hotel. Anyone thinking to take a...

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