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by curlyguy18
Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian passport expiration date question
Replies: 12
Views: 4910

Peruvian passport expiration date question

I'm planning to go to London for a year on August 2nd and my Peruvian passport expires on October 24th of 2010. It is my understanding that one's passport is supposed to be good for at least 6 months upon entering a country. Given that my passport will only be good for 3 months before I come back to...
by curlyguy18
Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Return ticket?
Replies: 1
Views: 525

Return ticket?

I'm planning to go to London for a year as a charity worker (if I get a visa, that is) and I was wondering if I could enter the UK with a one-way ticket or would a return ticket be necessary? I don't think I can book a return ticket for as far out as a year. Any suggestions will be much appreciated!
by curlyguy18
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Obtaining the requisite DNI
Replies: 6
Views: 1564

Oh, I understand it's the OP who's going through this nightmare. And again, I don't know why they're making her jump through all these loops, but alas, this system does not work.

Things will be much easier when I become president :)
by curlyguy18
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lodging complaints against combis?
Replies: 11
Views: 2514

Well, having the exact change does not always work. I have been asked to get off the bus numerous times for not having enough money. This may work for a foreigner -- someone that does not look Peruvian might be able to play dumb and get away with it. In fact, my friends from TX used to do that when ...
by curlyguy18
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lodging complaints against combis?
Replies: 11
Views: 2514

I have seen those buses and I'm glad they're going by the rules. Peruvians don't really help the bus drivers and cobradores go by the rules, however. Most of them will try to get on the bus where they're not supposed to and the ones that complain about that want to get off the bus where they're not ...
by curlyguy18
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travel insurence for visiting EU (Schengen requirements)
Replies: 1
Views: 711

Hi Rudd,

I know this is late but a lot of the travel agents in miraflores can provide the necessary travel insurance for the Schengen visa. I personally don't have any experience, though.
by curlyguy18
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Acupuncture
Replies: 4
Views: 2003

I personally know Dr. Zeng and his assistant (not daughter!) and yes, they're very professional.
by curlyguy18
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lodging complaints against combis?
Replies: 11
Views: 2514

Isn't it funny how they'll stop at the green light but then they try to run the red light?????? He's right, "That's the way Peru is": Backwards! I hope something can be doing about filing complaints againts these buses, but alas, money talks and bs walks. That's the way it works most of th...
by curlyguy18
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Younger American Ex Pats???
Replies: 31
Views: 8407

I'm about to turn 23 and I act like I'm 33 :S I have lately missed a lot of these ACAP events but I'll try to make it to the next one!
by curlyguy18
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Obtaining the requisite DNI
Replies: 6
Views: 1564

I wonder why the process for obtaining a DNI is more tedious for a foreigner than it is for a Peruvian. When I got mine (about 4 years ago) I just needed a copy of my birth certificate, my "libreta militar" and I think I needed to make a payment at the bank so I took the slip with me. I do...
by curlyguy18
Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lima School of Tomorrow?
Replies: 8
Views: 1849

I used to teach at that school back in 2006 and most of what Cusco has told you is correct. They use a Christian curriculum called ACE and the students sit in a cubicle and do a lot of independent studying. They pretty much sit there and work on their maths, social studies, etc and then they complet...
by curlyguy18
Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Marijuana Use and Acceptance - Cultural Differences
Replies: 16
Views: 7183

Of course it's not!
by curlyguy18
Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Marijuana Use and Acceptance - Cultural Differences
Replies: 16
Views: 7183

As it's already been stated, lot's of people do it on the streets pretty much everywhere. It's also very common at concerts and, like Americorps said, the police just walk by.
I have been to many parties at several different people's houses and I never smelled pot.
by curlyguy18
Thu May 14, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: When is the best time to apply for teaching posistions
Replies: 3
Views: 1402

If you wanna teach at a school, December and January might be the best months.
by curlyguy18
Wed May 13, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: wanting to move to peru
Replies: 4
Views: 1509

It's not impossible. Click on the following link and you'll find many posts concerning where to start.

http://www.expatperu.com/search.php?sea ... tegoria=45
by curlyguy18
Tue May 12, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Fake Kidnapping Scam in Peru
Replies: 8
Views: 5374

Claudia1973 wrote:Scammed. A friend hooked with a girl. She got pregnant. She told him it was his. He paid about $900 monthly over two years - like $25,000. Does DNA test - not his, but an unemployed guy's kid. My friend never got his $25k back.


I would have done the DNA thing before giving her a penny.
by curlyguy18
Tue May 12, 2009 7:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: its ver short notice, but can anyone find the time to help??
Replies: 1
Views: 737

I take it native Spanish-speakers don't qualify, right?
by curlyguy18
Tue May 12, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping goods from Lima to Cuzco
Replies: 3
Views: 919

You're welcome.
by curlyguy18
Mon May 11, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Camera Stores
Replies: 4
Views: 1028

I really don't know anything about the whole film thing, but definetely try to find that out. I doubt you'd get your money back from customs, though. Good luck!
by curlyguy18
Mon May 11, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping goods from Lima to Cuzco
Replies: 3
Views: 919

I can't remember if someone from this board works as a courier or something like that, but yes, you can use Cruz del Sur or Oltursa and it's quite reliable. Just go to their website and you should be able to find a phone number there.

www.cruzdelsur.com.pe
www.oltursa.com.pe
by curlyguy18
Mon May 11, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Camera Stores
Replies: 4
Views: 1028

I had no idea there was a restriction on how much film to bring into the country. Anyway, there are lots of Kodak shops around town, so I guess they should have the stuff you're looking for.
by curlyguy18
Mon May 11, 2009 7:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Inspiring story!
Replies: 22
Views: 4583

maybe he did not need the money, maybe his wife is a congresista earning $48,000 a year That's a very good poin, edwin. Maybe he comes from a well-off family or his wife makes enough money and so he doesn't need to take bribes. I also agree that cops need the extra cash and therefore they take brib...
by curlyguy18
Mon May 11, 2009 4:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paying tourist over-stay fine at Immigrations, not airport
Replies: 11
Views: 2892

It sounds like a lot of running around, which is not unusual here. It may be better to just pay at the Immigrations office in Brena rather than at the aiport. Better safe than miss a flight!
by curlyguy18
Mon May 11, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Inspiring story!
Replies: 22
Views: 4583

Some people will get extremely nasty over 0.20 cents, though. Some people just get off the bus when they feel they're being overcharged, and I do the same. 0.20 is not a lot of money, but I'm with Stuart, it's very unjust. Sometimes I can't be bothered, though. I'll let them keep whatever they wanna...
by curlyguy18
Mon May 11, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Inspiring story!
Replies: 22
Views: 4583

That's the problem here in Peru -- bus fares are not fixed. Sure, they have a list of fares and whatnot on the window but it's just decoration, since they never abide by what's on there. A lot of the cobradores don't even know how much to charge and you ALWAYS have to have change, like NG said. I ca...
by curlyguy18
Mon May 11, 2009 9:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Inspiring story!
Replies: 22
Views: 4583

Dude, that's insane! That's what it takes sometimes, though.
by curlyguy18
Sun May 10, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Inspiring story!
Replies: 22
Views: 4583

Gerard, while it's very convinient to just pay one sol or so (remember it's not always a sol, it could be anywhere from 50 cents to 2.50 depending on how far you go and hence the arguments with the cobrador). It's easy to just walk out and get on a bus than just wait, but I'm sure there would be eno...
by curlyguy18
Sun May 10, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Inspiring story!
Replies: 22
Views: 4583

Jamie, that cop truly deserves a medal. It's always good to know there are some honest people, if only we had more of them. Unfortunately, corruption is rampant in the 3rd world. If only those cops made more money, perhaps they'd be less corrupt, perhaps not. Corruption is so self-centered and selfi...
by curlyguy18
Sun May 10, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Inspiring story!
Replies: 22
Views: 4583

If we had more honest cops than corrupted ones, Peru would be a different country. I'm not sure about reporting buses, but I'm sure that wouldn't work anyway, since ALL combis run the red light, cram people and stop at every single corner. The traffic laws need to be enforced, and specific stops sho...
by curlyguy18
Sat May 09, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Inspiring story!
Replies: 22
Views: 4583

Inspiring story!

One of my friends at work wrote a story about a very honest police officer here in Lima and I found it so inspiring that I needed to share it. It was originally written in Spanish in his blog:(intothemoshpit.blogspot.com/) and I translated it into English so that more people could read it. Enjoy! BE...
by curlyguy18
Thu May 07, 2009 5:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting a Schengan visa for a Peruvian spouse (in the UK)
Replies: 17
Views: 5232

Doesn't it suck to be from a 3rd world country that is required to get visas before arrival pretty much EVERYWHERE??
by curlyguy18
Sun May 03, 2009 10:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Volunteering and visa???
Replies: 2
Views: 751

yes, it's possible. I have never heard of a "volunteer worker" visa to Peru. Gosh, you can do virtually ALMOST ANYTHING on a tourist visa in this country, and you don't even have to get a visa before arrival like we have to to go to most countries in the world.
by curlyguy18
Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting a Schengan visa for a Peruvian spouse (in the UK)
Replies: 17
Views: 5232

That makes perfect sense. I guess I'm still bitter about not getting a UK visa to go to Scotland :(
by curlyguy18
Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting a Schengan visa for a Peruvian spouse (in the UK)
Replies: 17
Views: 5232

"A Peruvian is treated as a third class citizen in the world. And they aren't even polite about it." Unfortunately we are treated like that because too many of us want to leave the country and live someplace else, legally or illegally. The same goes for many other nationalities. This may b...
by curlyguy18
Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Parties in Lima!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1972

Hey Kev,

Like I said this morning, call serenazgo to let them know what's going on. They're usually good when it comes to solving arguments and disturbances in neighborhoods.
by curlyguy18
Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Taking the combi challenge....
Replies: 11
Views: 2755

Combis can be just as confusing for Peruvians, specially the ones that come to Lima from other cities. I also had one heck of a hard time figuring out which bus to take when I first got here from Piura. To add to everyone's great suggestions, my suggestion is to always ASK!!! Ask your wife, friends,...
by curlyguy18
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: looking for a portuguese teacher
Replies: 2
Views: 1123

One of my Brazilian teachers used to do private classes, but I'm not sure if she's still doing that. She doesn't speak English though, but she's an excellent teacher.

Let me know if you'd like her info.
by curlyguy18
Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Claro Internet
Replies: 12
Views: 4496

Ihaven't personally used Claro's Internet services but a few friends who have would not recommend it of you're looking for a fast connection.
by curlyguy18
Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where did everyone go?
Replies: 15
Views: 3789

Jaime, I'm broke. Would you just take 2 soles for a coima??? :)
by curlyguy18
Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Super combi magic stick
Replies: 6
Views: 1401

Vid, thank you so much for pointing that out. IT WAS HYSTERICAL! And very true. :)
by curlyguy18
Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where did everyone go?
Replies: 15
Views: 3789

Darn it, I'm so gullible!
by curlyguy18
Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Super combi magic stick
Replies: 6
Views: 1401

Dude, that was priceless! Thank you for making my day!
by curlyguy18
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where did everyone go?
Replies: 15
Views: 3789

So have LIP and expatperu truly merged? I thought it was just a joke.
by curlyguy18
Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvians seeking tourist Visa to the US
Replies: 10
Views: 4355

You never know what embassies are going to do. They're way too fickle. I just got my UK charity worker visa denied. I submited an invitation letter from a charity in Scotland stating that they're offering me a 9-month unsalaried position plus room, board, transportation costs within Edinburgh paid a...
by curlyguy18
Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian drinking laws.
Replies: 14
Views: 8548

According to that article, it is okay to have 0.8 grams of cannabis AS LONG AS it is the only drug in possession. It gives me the impression that it only becomes illegal if you have any other type of drug with you AND cannabis or if you exceed the allowed amount. Gosh, some things are just plainly b...
by curlyguy18
Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian exit poll
Replies: 38
Views: 6705

I agree that having an honest job that will allow you to achieve your goals is a good thing. It's just that I haven't ever had a job like that (waiting tables, cleaning bathrooms and things of that sort) and I don't see myself doing that here and much less in a different country. It's just me, I gue...
by curlyguy18
Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Visa Question...
Replies: 8
Views: 1635

Maybe because there's only VERY few that are actually returning to Peru as promised... Indeed. Applicants need to prove the Embassy they won't stay, but how can the Embassy really determine a person's true intentions? They can only base their decision on the evidence submitted but even then, applic...
by curlyguy18
Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian exit poll
Replies: 38
Views: 6705

Inteesting topic. I have also asked myself the very same question, without the no-return catch, though. Would I leave Peru on a one-way ticket to a developed country and never come back? Definetely no. What if things don't go well and find myself needing to come back home?? The way I see things, les...
by curlyguy18
Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Visa Question...
Replies: 8
Views: 1635

It's $138 and yes, some people do get visas, but they're VERY few.
by curlyguy18
Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Don't cross the street as soon as the light goes red!
Replies: 13
Views: 2045

Very true, Alan. I have almost been hit by vehicles going the wrong direction on one way streets.

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