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by chi chi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:53 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ever never seen a Peruvian blow their nose
Replies: 8
Views: 1936

Re: Ever never seen a Peruvian blow their nose

As for blowing your nose, go to the toilet and use some paper. I don't know anyone who would use a hanky, or even blow their nose with a paper towel and put it back in their pocket! Indeed. Using a handkerchief is like going to the toilet, using toilet paper and then stick it in your pocket instead...
by chi chi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:50 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Review: Long Horn Restaurant Jokey Plaza
Replies: 8
Views: 3158

Re: Review: Long Horn Restaurant Jokey Plaza

Go to TGIF. It's located opposite Longhorn but much better.
Big portions, friendly staff and much better food.
by chi chi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:23 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Rents going up?
Replies: 17
Views: 3751

Re: Rents going up?

Lloyd007 wrote:As for apartments, I don't know how people manage to pay such high rents... what do they do for a living?


They get in debt. They get more debt than they allready have.
More and more people stop pay rent at all.
by chi chi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why no receipts?
Replies: 17
Views: 2580

Re: Why no receipts?

DC_20833 wrote: HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE PAYING A GUARANTEE (USUALLY 2 MONTHS RENT) I WOULD NOT PAY THE LAST TWO MONTHS BECAUSE THE LANDLORD MIGHT NOT RETURN IT TO YOU OR OVERCHARGE YOU FOR ANY DAMAGE.


That's what many tenants do and often the only way to get your deposit back.
by chi chi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reasonable apts. in Miraflores?
Replies: 10
Views: 2026

Re: Reasonable apts. in Miraflores?

There are a few apartments that fit my needs in Miraflores as evidenced by Craigslist.org I have not had time to visit the site due to severe health issues of my father, a friend informed me. Since Jan. 26, there were 4 apartments posted - but they were all snapped up quickly. I believe and hope mo...
by chi chi
Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Fairness of air fares.
Replies: 10
Views: 2094

Re: Fairness of air fares.

I totally agree with this, too. It's annoying having to sit next to a porker that's taking up 2 seats but only paying for one and violating my space too. I don't know about that not becoming the norm b/c I am seeing more and more heavyweights everytime I fly. And besides, it's a safety issue if the...
by chi chi
Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Documents needed for 6-month stay in Lima?
Replies: 5
Views: 1167

Re: Documents needed for 6-month stay in Lima?

You just need your passport and then you ask the immigration politely when you arrive that you want to stay for six months. If they ask whey, then tell them the truth. It's as simple as that. And if they give you less than 183 days then you can do a borderhop. Or you overstay your visa and pay when...
by chi chi
Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mysterious and magical.
Replies: 2
Views: 1615

Mysterious and magical.

by chi chi
Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lima:some 15,000 homes for sale : slowdown
Replies: 18
Views: 4007

Re: Lima:some 15,000 homes for sale : slowdown

Evictions are the job of the police. Would not attempt to do it myself. There is a new law that came out in late 2014, which speeds up evictions. There was also a recent account of a man who was killed in Cajamarca, when the police tried to remove him and his family from a property (foreclosure). T...
by chi chi
Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 15656

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

And We peruvians have to think how to improve the other peruvian provinces in order to stop the migration to this desert. I think We need to improve the economical situation of the provinces and diversifiy our production in order to start sustainable bussines out of Lima then the people from the in...
by chi chi
Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Fairness of air fares.
Replies: 10
Views: 2094

Fairness of air fares.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9964127/Samoa-Air-defends-policy-to-charge-passengers-by-weight.html I support this. The more weight an aircraft has to carry, the more fuel it uses. And I don't want to pay for someone who 'has let himself go' and stuffs himself with junkfood and lays in...
by chi chi
Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Health insurance for residents.
Replies: 6
Views: 1438

Re: Health insurance for residents.

It might be cheaper to get a healthinsurance from your homecountry and it will probably be much better quality.

I pay 60 euros (government subsidised as I am not working) a year and it's valid worldwide.
And it covers everything. The dentist, doctor, hospital, eyecare, fysiotherapy, pharmacy,....
by chi chi
Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 15656

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

“Only the área around El Palacio de gobierno in Lima is somehow nice.” That's incorrect crap. You need to get out more. Your comments display, for the whole world to see, your total ignorance of Lima and, I suspect, the world around you. However, the topic is lovely old disappearing homes of Lima, ...
by chi chi
Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 15656

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

It looks like Lima looked much better in the old days compared to the crime ridden dump it is today. Incorrect. Lima is not a crime ridden dump. This statement is dirty garbage. People, there are many absolutely gorgeous safe parts of Lima, some bad parts, and some in the middle. Sounds like just a...
by chi chi
Sun Jan 04, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Google streetview
Replies: 0
Views: 490

Google streetview

Tarapoto is now on google streetview.
by chi chi
Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 15656

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

victmanu wrote:Lima downtown street and an old transportation from Lima downtown to Miraflores.

Image


Those cars look similar to the mototaxis that they drive nowadays.
by chi chi
Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 15656

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

It looks like Lima looked much better in the old days compared to the crime ridden dump it is today.
by chi chi
Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Land route, Lima to Santiago
Replies: 13
Views: 4312

Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

I'm trying to get a feel for the trip along the coast thru the desert, whether it be a spectacular thing to do or see, or whether it would be looking at a whole lot of nothing ? It's a long and boring trip. You probably fall asleep on the bus and see nothing at all. But then again you can have a lo...
by chi chi
Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 15656

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

In those old pictures of Lima, streets look like they were cleaner and in a better condition than nowadays.
by chi chi
Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Giving to charity or other
Replies: 29
Views: 3993

Re: Giving to charity or other

teamoperu wrote:
Great. Progress! Lets talk numbers. In this one instance, how much exactly will you donate to a non-scam charity for animals and/or how much will you donate to a non-scam charity for people? Your choice.


How much comisión does that charity pay you from my donation?
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 15656

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

Nice pictures.

Often those old buildings have been become expensive to restore or maintain them.
Or to expensive to sell them as a single dwelling so they get knocked down to make place for a condominium.
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Giving to charity or other
Replies: 29
Views: 3993

Re: Giving to charity or other

You'll have my word it is not a scam, you can access the audited financials, and I'll pick one where you can go and have a look see with your own eyes. You name the amount. Be generous and don't be cheap. Tell me, how much will you donate to the charity you asked me to suggest? It depends of the ch...
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Travel plans for 2015?
Replies: 0
Views: 484

Travel plans for 2015?

Do you have any travel plans for 2015?
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Giving to charity or other
Replies: 29
Views: 3993

Re: Giving to charity or other

teamoperu wrote:How about you give just 1% of what I've given to the charity I will recommend? (Of course, you can examine its audited statements first as due diligence).

Edit: Maybe that is unreasonable, asking you for a blank cheque. So you name the amount.


It depends whether it's a scam or not.
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Giving to charity or other
Replies: 29
Views: 3993

Re: Giving to charity or other

Yup, lots of lesser known examples. Similar to your example, I know of a package containing penetones and chocolates (and foodstuffs) that went into high into the mountains just before Christmas. Someone upthread mentioned the blind. In Piura there is a program to train blind folks as massage thera...
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Land route, Lima to Santiago
Replies: 13
Views: 4312

Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Would you drive yourself, or go by bus? As a passanger on the top deck of a nice comfortable coach, I imagine the trip would be quite spectacular. The only advantage of driving your self is that you're free to stop where and when you want, and stay for as long as you like. It's a long way to do it ...
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Back packers vs. flashpackers
Replies: 6
Views: 1492

Re: Back packers vs. flashpackers

Chi Chi the Canaries are a volcanic land mass of no historic background. There are architectural sights in Gran Canaria but otherwise it is a haunt of the sun seeker. Stating you live in Granada bears no relationship to The Canaries. You happen to live about 100 miles in from the south coast of Spa...
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Giving to charity or other
Replies: 29
Views: 3993

Re: Giving to charity or other

any reputable charitable organization routinely provides this information. Oh, I'm sure they do. And the smiley face refers to your endless insisting on providing proofs and the only time Chi chi asked you to corroborate the facts you'd presented your reply was a simple "When I do will you don...
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Back packers vs. flashpackers
Replies: 6
Views: 1492

Re: Back packers vs. flashpackers

The canaries are great during the summer with their black volcanic rock sand, fish and chip shops and the nightlife, but as they shut down for the winter and offer a daytime temperature of 20 degrees C I am sure Peru has a lot more to offer. Perhaps you know something I don't!!! Depends what you wa...
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: US Social Security payments
Replies: 1
Views: 604

Re: US Social Security payments

I received my unemployment payment from Belgium allready on the 23 of december in my bank account. At Christmas they pay earlier.

Did you send your blue form off in time? It might have got lost in the post or delayed because of the bank holidays.
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: living and working in the jungle
Replies: 2
Views: 622

Re: living and working in the jungle

I've been thinking about setting up an eco-tourism hostel/hotel somewhere in the jungle. This would be the long-term plan, and I would try to fund this through some independent income (about 3,500 soles per month) and earnings from teaching English (I have about ten years' experience, a university ...
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: living and working in the jungle
Replies: 2
Views: 622

Re: living and working in the jungle

And can any of you connect me to language schools in these places, ideally to already have a job set up once I arrive? No language school in the jungle will take on someone who they have never seen in person. They only way to get a job is to visit the language schools and hand in your CV. There are...
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: part time jobs in Lima?
Replies: 2
Views: 841

Re: part time jobs in Lima?

Is it easy to find part-time jobs teaching English in Lima? If so, what kinds of jobs are they? How is the pay? I know I won't be able to support myself fully on that, which is fine, just need some supplementary money. As for my qualifications, I have a B.A. and 3 years experience teaching English ...
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Land route, Lima to Santiago
Replies: 13
Views: 4312

Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

I love landscapes so I find even desert landscapes and dunes fascinating. I like to visualize what was there 5000 years ago and how it evolved (and is evolving). If you like deserts then go to Ica. It's amazing. The buggy tours and sandboarding excursions are great. (and democratically priced as we...
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Back packers vs. flashpackers
Replies: 6
Views: 1492

Re: Back packers vs. flashpackers

We try to make our family holidays to be as comfortable as possible in South America, which basically means, to go to the good hotels, with a pool and nice amenities, even better than in Europe, as in Europe these things would be out of reach for a 'normal' expense holiday. But here it would be the...
by chi chi
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:37 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Giving to charity or other
Replies: 29
Views: 3993

Re: Giving to charity or other

I can provide you numerous charities in Peru where almost all of the money donated reaches the people who need it, will you donate to one of them? Would you be willing to support one of these charities? List the names of those charities then. If those charities really use almost all those gift to t...
by chi chi
Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hard to Find Ají
Replies: 6
Views: 1373

Re: Hard to Find Ají

NickCasper wrote:No ChiChi I haven't. I don't get out nearly enough. Is it easy to get to? I wish I had time to buddy up so I didn't go alone to these places :/


It's very easy to get to. It's opposite la plaza. Many buses pass by.
by chi chi
Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Giving to charity or other
Replies: 29
Views: 3993

Re: Giving to charity or other

Some of the disabled people here really make you sad. There's a street past Jockey Plaza where most of the traffic light vendors are either in a wheel chair or missing an arm. The blind have really got it tough here as well. If you are old, disabled or not in good health then you are written off in...
by chi chi
Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Fireworks.
Replies: 14
Views: 2254

Re: Fireworks.

Fireworks cause a lot of contamination and is dangerous.

Every year, many people get seriously injured or killed by fireworks.

It also frightens animals.

I don't understand why people splash money on setting off a few pieces of low quality dangerous firework made in Chine and rish their life.
by chi chi
Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Giving to charity or other
Replies: 29
Views: 3993

Re: Giving to charity or other

Only a small percentage of the money donated to charities reaches the people who need it.
by chi chi
Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Land route, Lima to Santiago
Replies: 13
Views: 4312

Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Would be a nice trip by motorbike.

And listening to biker songs during the trip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXQ4akmNINE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXVYmCHk7_k
by chi chi
Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hard to Find Ají
Replies: 6
Views: 1373

Re: Hard to Find Ají

Did you check out the mercado in Magdalena Del Mar?

They often sell things that you find nowhere else.
by chi chi
Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travel Insurance and Registering with US Embassy
Replies: 15
Views: 5827

Re: Travel Insurance and Registering with US Embassy

Many countries require that you have healthinsurance when entering the country but I have never been asked for it.

When you go to Cuba, you are supposed to have it but I wasn't asked for it.
by chi chi
Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Back packers vs. flashpackers
Replies: 6
Views: 1492

Back packers vs. flashpackers

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2893401/Are-backpacker-flashpacker-Research-suggests-adventure-seekers-prefer-little-bit-extra-comfort.html Are you a backpacker or a flashpacker? In Tarapoto and in Granada, I noticed backpacker eating in nicer restaurants and dressed in nice cl...
by chi chi
Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Your go-to source for news in Peru?
Replies: 7
Views: 1755

Re: Your go-to source for news in Peru?

The Urbania section is quite good.

Loads of property for rent or for sale.

Aptitus is very helpfull if you are looking for a job.
by chi chi
Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Fireworks.
Replies: 14
Views: 2254

Re: Fireworks.

panman wrote:Which would be in keeping with most of the people in La Victoria last night. Not vertical. :lol:


On an average Saturday night in Tarapoto, no people in Tarapoto are vertical. Especially in Morales. :lol:
by chi chi
Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travel Insurance and Registering with US Embassy
Replies: 15
Views: 5827

Re: Travel Insurance and Registering with US Embassy

Another good reason to have proper control of people entering Peru as "tourists" When I wanted a Schengen visa for my wife to travel within Europe, which I applied for via the German embassy, one of the stipulations was proof of adequate insurance. If your wife entered Europe illegally an...
by chi chi
Thu Jan 01, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travel Insurance and Registering with US Embassy
Replies: 15
Views: 5827

Re: Travel Insurance and Registering with US Embassy

panman wrote:I would think very seriously before taking danjakers advice. Maybe he's in good health and has only suffered from coughs and colds. Accidents can and do happen, Peru does not offer much in such cicumstances unless you have insurance.


An anual travelinsurance isn't that expensive.
by chi chi
Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ceviche, how do you know...?
Replies: 19
Views: 5044

Re: Ceviche, how do you know...?

timothy wrote:I really want to thank you for sharing that with me. You don't know how many nights I went without sleep wondering how you prefer your fish.


I am glad to hear that you can sleep well from now on. :D
by chi chi
Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Fireworks.
Replies: 14
Views: 2254

Re: Fireworks.

Whatever was done anywhere in the world to welcome the New Year, I think London can proudly say that they put on the best firework display ever. But they charged people 10 quid to go and watch it. "If everything in life is about money, it is time to get a life." NYE celebrations should be...

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