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by gringolandia
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LOOKING FOR ADVICE ON BEACHES NEAR LIMA
Replies: 3
Views: 1350

Re: LOOKING FOR ADVICE ON BEACHES NEAR LIMA

Depends what you're looking for. If just a basic fully public beach with waves that are not too big for kids, but big enough to body surf, try Playa Puerto Viejo. There are some basic beach restaurants there as well. It is far enough away from Mala that the water shouldn't be too polluted. For a mor...
by gringolandia
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TAE
Replies: 1
Views: 647

Re: TAE

I didn't have to pay either, and my wife told me a person there said it had something to do with being married to a Peruvian.
by gringolandia
Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit
Replies: 6
Views: 2467

Re: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit

I paid zero penalty now. And if the IRS has any complaints I can refile with the 8965 filled out and still pay nothing. Yes, it is that simple if you're exempt, which is what the question was about.
by gringolandia
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit
Replies: 6
Views: 2467

Re: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit

As far as the foreign tax credit that the OP referred to, that is for FOREIGN earned income. If, instead, you earn your income in the United States, but live in Peru, you need to pay your US taxes as normal in the US and then afterward file and pay taxes in Peru as well (if you were a resident in Pe...
by gringolandia
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit
Replies: 6
Views: 2467

Re: Overseas Filing for US Taxpayer: Foreign Tax Credit

Like you, my family has full coverage in Peru. And, presumably like you as well, we are residents of Peru. So we're exempt on the basis of our bona fide foreign residency. These are the specific exemption requirements that are relevant: - A U.S. citizen or a resident alien who was physically present...
by gringolandia
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: If you import your car what is the duty.
Replies: 4
Views: 1348

Re: If you import your car what is the duty.

Import a $5K car? I wouldn't. The shipping cost would not be too bad, but it is still a pain in the ass. If your car is only $5K, I'm guessing it is more than 5 years old? You may not be allowed to import it any case due to its age. And while I don't have the vehicle import tax info on hand with me,...
by gringolandia
Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Benefits to Private School Teachers
Replies: 3
Views: 1104

Re: Benefits to Private School Teachers

I think it was his American wife who was the teacher, and even though he spoke Spanish I think he was from another South American country (Columbia?). So I guess I'd go with expat to answer your question. I'll check with my wife who will remember for sure and update this if I'm wrong. EDIT: Actually...
by gringolandia
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Benefits to Private School Teachers
Replies: 3
Views: 1104

Re: Benefits to Private School Teachers

What I have heard, with regard to Roosevelt at least, is that teachers can enroll up to two of their children for free. I only know this because I met one teacher with three kids who said he has to have the third child at a different school since he can't afford to pay the Roosevelt tuition.
by gringolandia
Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Carryon Instruments to Peru? Good idea?
Replies: 2
Views: 714

Re: Carryon Instruments to Peru? Good idea?

If by Peru you mean Lima, then humidity can be a real problem. I've had leather items like coats and shoes ruined by the humidity and associated fungal growth, more so by the beach than in the center of Lima though. As far as damage from.being packed as carry-on, I think the risk is minimal if you p...
by gringolandia
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: skype test
Replies: 2
Views: 702

Re: skype test

International internet access from Lima tends to suck for me from about 6pm-10pm during the week. I speculate that this is due to everyone coming home and turning on Netflix, but I have no particular evidence to back this up. I try to not schedule any important calls for that time period because of ...
by gringolandia
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: DHL scam
Replies: 11
Views: 2602

Re: DHL scam

Yahoo is particularly bad, as their CEO made specific choices to ignore their internal security experts when they requested funds for security enhancements. She basically didn't take security seriously, and the massive breaches that Yahoo has experienced can be directly attributed to the choices she...
by gringolandia
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Discount airline coming to Perú in 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1285

Re: Discount airline coming to Perú in 2017

For me I feel like there are already plenty of cheap flights that pop up on LAN so I guess it doesn't much matter to me. My wife is always on the look out for the deals, and when they pop up she just grabs 'em. This could be good for people who don't have as flexible schedules, though. Also could be...
by gringolandia
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Level with me about moving to Peru?
Replies: 18
Views: 3235

Re: Level with me about moving to Peru?

OP here, just wanted to thank everyone for the responses and explanations. We're still leaning toward moving to Peru but thinking it'll more likely be Arequipa than Lima. We should have about $10-15k saved up by the time we make the move and we're looking into opening a restaurant (possibly a pizze...
by gringolandia
Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Level with me about moving to Peru?
Replies: 18
Views: 3235

Re: Level with me about moving to Peru?

Great answers so far. I agree with everything said. You need to visit Peru to see if you even like it (and not just Lima... at a bare minimum go to Cusco too). And it is very unlikely you can make enough money to live comfortably. As was said, competition is fierce and without a degree you may be at...
by gringolandia
Wed Nov 09, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

That all may be true, but the polls are usually pretty good at tracking those things pretty accurately. Maybe they failed this time around to some extent, and I'm sure people will be looking into that. The big question then is how could the polls been so off, to the point that neither Dems nor Repub...
by gringolandia
Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

Did your classes bring up the theory that it was a CIA medical experiment? https://www.amazon.com/Was-Jonestown-CIA-Medical-Experiment/dp/0889460132 Of course! University studies routinely teach crackpot conspiracy theories as part of the core curriculum. I also studied how the CIA sets up expat we...
by gringolandia
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

The irony of referring to the Jonestown massacre is probably lost on you. No, "drinking the Kool Aid refers to the masses who tow the party line such as your oft repeated mantra "their real motivations are racism, bigotry, or a general disregard for facts". Google it. Jonestown drank...
by gringolandia
Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

The irony of referring to the Jonestown massacre is probably lost on you.
by gringolandia
Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

Good points, Ironchefchris. With regard to friendships being ruined by political disagreements, I agree it is unfortunate and needless in many cases, but for me it comes down to *why* someone takes a particularly political position than the actual position itself If someone says they'll vote for Tru...
by gringolandia
Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

As Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts."
by gringolandia
Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Any Jews Out There?
Replies: 1
Views: 868

Re: Any Jews Out There?

I asked a Jewish friend for some info on this. I'll private message you the details.
by gringolandia
Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the right" and Liberals are called the "left" Ignoring the rest of the message since it was actually making me stupider just by reading it, the origin of "right" and "left" in politics occurred during t...
by gringolandia
Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

Perhaps some truly damning email will come out in the next week, but I doubt it. Oh bloody hell... I was supposed to say "knock on wood" after that, wasn't I... :lol: Well, I guess we'll see if this latest flair up in the email server scandal (it is the herpes of political scandals) turns...
by gringolandia
Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:27 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

the WikiLeaks are very telling of the corruption...Russia is the excuse to avoid having to answer the questions....in reality, not one of Hillary's people have actually DENIED the emails are credible. IMO, if Russia was going to falsify emails they would have made them a lot more "corruption-a...
by gringolandia
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

Just FYI, here's a link to a Wikipedia article on instant-runoff voting (which also goes by various other names such as ranked choice voting): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting There is a ballot initiative in the state of Maine this year to implement RCV (ranked choice voting). I r...
by gringolandia
Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

People in the United States are really quite sheltered and insulated from the reality that goes on in the rest of the world. Based on the amount of propaganda they are spoon-fed everyday it's sometimes difficult to fault them for their ignorance. For example people in the United States are taught t...
by gringolandia
Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

Trump wasn't my favorite primary candidate but Hillary is just so absolutely corrupt, its quite the election cycle.. I disagree, but even if all the terrible things said about Hillary were actually true (which, for the most part, they're really not), I'd still prefer her over Trump. Much better to ...
by gringolandia
Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA Election viewing
Replies: 60
Views: 8934

Re: USA Election viewing

Gordito54 wrote:Team TRUMP might show up there eh?! There will be plenty of us in Lima that night and we will come make some Conservstive noise.


Considering Trump is most definitely NOT a conservative, I question if you know what you're talking about.
by gringolandia
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Experienced Scottish Bar Tender seeks any position in Lima from December.
Replies: 5
Views: 938

Re: Experienced Scottish Bar Tender seeks any position in Lima from December.

It has been said that it takes money to make money, and I think that's particularly true in Peru. There's no way in heck I'd stay here without having my own business. You may eventually want to consider starting your own bar if that's your expertise, and assuming you have the cash to swing it. That'...
by gringolandia
Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: MY THOUGHT PROCESS
Replies: 9
Views: 1587

Re: MY THOUGHT PROCESS

Depending on the equity you have in your US property, a home equity line of credit from your US bank could be a way to go. I don't really know the details, but I've heard of several cases of people using US financing to buy property abroad. Check with your bank and see what they might be able to do ...
by gringolandia
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:34 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ideas for changes to expatperu?
Replies: 18
Views: 3428

Re: Ideas for changes to expatperu?

Great suggestions. I want to make changes on the forum, but also the rest of the page, so feel free to comment on the whole site. -Alan I have to admit that I'm guilty for never having really given the rest of the site a good look. I've glanced at it before, but never really gone through the non-fo...
by gringolandia
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ideas for changes to expatperu?
Replies: 18
Views: 3428

Re: Ideas for changes to expatperu?

What bulletin board software does this site use? I like the upvote/downvote idea, and maybe the latest version of the BB software has that. I agree with not trying to copy FB based sites. It is better to leverage the benefits that a forum like this has, such as easy searching, and the ability to rem...
by gringolandia
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How to obtain an - annulment?
Replies: 7
Views: 1493

Re: How to obtain an - annulment?

I'm not Catholic so I could perhaps be wrong, but if a wedding is not done with the consent of the Catholic church (ie, with a priest) I don't think it even counts as a real marriage as far as the Church is concerned. No Church / no priest = no Catholic marriage. So I don't think an annulment of som...
by gringolandia
Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Rio Olympics
Replies: 6
Views: 1503

Re: Rio Olympics

Phelps was great in swimming, Biles was amazing in gymnastics, but unfortunately the main thing many will remember is the Lochte controversy. It is hard to overestimate the damage Lochte did. I feel so sorry for the rest of US Olympic team. Usain Bolt was absolutely incredible and he brought a great...
by gringolandia
Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Pisco Sour Class
Replies: 7
Views: 1598

Re: Pisco Sour Class

From what I've heard, the main thing is to not squeeze the limes too much. After you get the main part of the juice out, don't try to get every last drop out because the last drops will not taste the same and ruin the flavor of the drink. Why? I have no idea. But I've heard this from a lot of people...
by gringolandia
Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: increasing cost of living
Replies: 7
Views: 1939

Re: increasing cost of living

It might be good to specify which part of Peru you're talking about. Lima is no longer cheap at all, but Arequipa isn't too bad. And it has a nicer climate and is safer and cleaner. When we recently visited there my daughter said she wanted to move there... but we're pretty well locked into Lima at ...
by gringolandia
Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: surviving spouse will
Replies: 35
Views: 6385

Re: surviving spouse will

Caliguy was certainly under no obligation to share any info, but since he has all I can say is he's clearly a very honorable guy who's already done the right thing and I have no doubt that whatever he ends up doing will be the right thing given the situation.
by gringolandia
Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: surviving spouse will
Replies: 35
Views: 6385

Re: surviving spouse will

Response to 69roadrunner: As I said, I'm not going to argue what a spouse is entitled to, but I will clarify with regard to your question. And the problem is your question presupposes that the dying person is entitled to whatever they are asking for, which goes back to the OP's specific question. Bu...
by gringolandia
Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: surviving spouse will
Replies: 35
Views: 6385

Re: surviving spouse will

I find the assertion that always splitting assets 50/50 with a spouse is somehow the only "moral" answer hilarious. Maybe in some specific cases it is moral, but every situation is different. Each party in a marriage comes into it with different assets, and each then helps grow (or blow) t...
by gringolandia
Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: surviving spouse will
Replies: 35
Views: 6385

Re: surviving spouse will

From a practical perspective, it may be relevant where the money is. Legal issues aside, if the money and assets are mostly in LA in your name, the brothers will have a heck of a time going after it. As they say, possession is 9/10ths of ownership. But if the money and assets have been shifted from ...
by gringolandia
Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?
Replies: 20
Views: 5036

Re: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?

I've heard some people here claim they got upgraded to 40 Mbps from 20 Mbps for "free" (or almost nothing) but no such offer has been extended to us yet. It is worth giving Telefonica a call to ask the details of the plan you currently have, and ways for you to improve it. That's how we w...
by gringolandia
Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?
Replies: 20
Views: 5036

Re: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?

I have Movistar at 20Mbps and it is fine. Seems reliable enough, and I do plenty of big downloads. The customer service is horrible and their internal bureaucracy is insane, but it helps that I know some high level people at Telefonica if I get the run around. So you have a 20MB plan? How much is i...
by gringolandia
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?
Replies: 20
Views: 5036

Re: Internet Reliability - Movistar or Claro?

I have Movistar at 20Mbps and it is fine. Seems reliable enough, and I do plenty of big downloads.

The customer service is horrible and their internal bureaucracy is insane, but it helps that I know some high level people at Telefonica if I get the run around.
by gringolandia
Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Custom for tipping in restaurants
Replies: 4
Views: 1248

Re: Custom for tipping in restaurants

Wow, and I thought my Peruvian wife was just cheap..! I guess 5% (or less??) really is normal. I have always tipped 10%. I've suspected that it is a bit higher than normal, but I figure us "rich Americans" have a reputation to uphold.. lol. I didn't realize just how much more than normal (...
by gringolandia
Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Be careful - Mercado Libre!
Replies: 8
Views: 2057

Re: Be careful - Mercado Libre!

And?

Your post is so vague I have no idea what you are talking about.

What were you doing that they thought was wrong?
by gringolandia
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: General info on computers in Perú
Replies: 3
Views: 812

Re: General info on computers in Perú

The Windows 10 upgrade is still free, for another 9 days or so (end of this month). And Microsoft has said that they aren't really checking if the version of Windows you are upgrading from is legitimate or not. So at this particular time you can put on Windows 7 whatever way you can, legitimate or n...
by gringolandia
Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru
Replies: 21
Views: 5010

Re: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru

You can see a router is allowable if wired only. WIFI is not allowed. Which is a bit odd considering the US wifi bands are actually more restrictive than the Peruvian ones... The list presumably refers to imports from anywhere. And there are certainly other regions whose allowed bands do not match ...
by gringolandia
Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru
Replies: 21
Views: 5010

Re: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru

adrian Thorne wrote:You can see a router is allowable if wired only. WIFI is not allowed.


Which is a bit odd considering the US wifi bands are actually more restrictive than the Peruvian ones...
by gringolandia
Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru
Replies: 21
Views: 5010

Re: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru

I'm still gathering info on this, but a Peruvian friend who deals with this sort of things with his business started explaining to me the process one must go through to get telecom / computer parts into the country. He says there is a web accessible list of items that have already been approved by t...
by gringolandia
Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru
Replies: 21
Views: 5010

Re: Shipping computer parts (CPU, GPU) from the US to Peru

It might be worth bearing in mind. Last week I went to the main office in Sepost and they made it quite clear all imports of electronics, including comp. parts, radio, cells etc. etc. Plus clothing (including shoes) of any type have been effectively banned. They will not release any of these items ...

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