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by stuart
Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The shaman question
Replies: 10
Views: 2199

Re: The shaman question

With nothing other than an honest desire to help those who suffer with depression... are the numerous studies that prove depression is cured in most people by vastly increasing omega-3 intake and daily vigorous exercise false?
by stuart
Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: keyboard needed
Replies: 9
Views: 1213

Re: keyboard needed

It just so happens that they only sell US layout keyboards in every RadioShack in Lima. I wasn't looking to buy one, I just happened to have a few minutes to spare and was browsing - I remember noting how odd it was that they don't stock Spanish keyboards! Being RadioShack, they have a couple hundre...
by stuart
Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian banks interest rate?
Replies: 12
Views: 3295

Re: Peruvian banks interest rate?

Amen! I cannot seem to get any meaningful replies on this (I think very important) subject. Don't any expats in Peru have any money in Peru banks? Surely someone else is already doing what I am considering...... I just said that I just stopped doing what you are considering. It was GREAT, I wish I'...
by stuart
Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian banks interest rate?
Replies: 12
Views: 3295

Re: Peruvian banks interest rate?

Unfortunately, the cajas municipales are only as safe as the current government allows them to be. García recently passed a law allowing him to dip into the cajas to the tune of a couple of hundred million, "putting the savings of millions at risk" according to a bunch of local economists ...
by stuart
Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Legal implications
Replies: 8
Views: 1705

Re: Legal implications

Does this mean a low income mother could potentially put a rich persons name on the birth certificate, wait a few months, then ask for a few thousand from the "father" to not bother him again? Sounds like a decent way to earn a living if you're already giving birth to a child each year an...
by stuart
Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Legal implications
Replies: 8
Views: 1705

Re: Legal implications

Does this mean a low income mother could potentially put a rich persons name on the birth certificate, wait a few months, then ask for a few thousand from the "father" to not bother him again? Sounds like a decent way to earn a living if you're already giving birth to a child each year any...
by stuart
Sun May 22, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: SODIMAC, TOPITOP, RIPLEY, MAESTRO PRICES
Replies: 14
Views: 4705

Re: SODIMAC, TOPITOP, RIPLEY, MAESTRO PRICES

If you live in a poorer neigbourhood, you also pay less money for water, electricity and arbitrios. So, stores which are located in a poorer area also pay less for those things. It´s also normal that they charge more in a richer neigbourhood because people who live in richer neigbourhoods have much...
by stuart
Sun May 22, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: SODIMAC, TOPITOP, RIPLEY, MAESTRO PRICES
Replies: 14
Views: 4705

Re: SODIMAC, TOPITOP, RIPLEY, MAESTRO PRICES

When the new Sodimac opened in Surquillo, I noticed that everything was a few soles cheaper (smaller items) and desks, chairs etc were 10-20 soles cheaper (than in San Isidro). Middle-class Peruvians I find simply do not shop around, some because they have so much money that they don't care, others ...
by stuart
Fri May 06, 2011 9:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: naturalisation
Replies: 25
Views: 3703

Re: naturalisation

gerard wrote:I had to show proof of earnings and DNIs, but simple copies were accepted. Took me about 20 days.


Is it like with the banks, 3 months payslips, or what?
by stuart
Thu May 05, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.
Replies: 43
Views: 6758

Re: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.

But are gringos any stranger than Peruvians? From mouth ulcers being caused by "calentamiento del estomago" to yesterday in Sodimac being told that I was a "gringo... good. Good gringo!" for purchasing a product, gringos may have a screw loose, but the Peruvians seem to not have ...
by stuart
Thu May 05, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.
Replies: 43
Views: 6758

Re: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.

But, I find a large amount of gringos here that left their whole lives back in the States just to come meet/marry someone they met on the internet. I'm only going to speak to this part specifically. I don't think there's anything that weird or abnormal about going to another country to meet someone...
by stuart
Thu May 05, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.
Replies: 43
Views: 6758

Re: Most Gringos Are a Little Strange.

I agree with sbaustin that it takes a certain type of person, these I think are not nuts, they are the ultimate nonconformists who generally disliked their general situation "back home" and spun the roulette wheel to see what happened or even had a vague plan and are happy to generally go ...
by stuart
Wed May 04, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: aircraft parts
Replies: 9
Views: 1606

Re: aircraft parts

roddd wrote:
euroman wrote:Does anyone where I can buy secondhand aircraft parts?

I need parts of a wing, engine, landing gear and door.


is this a new venture to start a business flying over the Nazca Lines :D


I'm not sure he'd need any of those parts to meet the stringent security standards they have down in Nazca.
by stuart
Tue May 03, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: EURO IS RISING QUICKLY
Replies: 1
Views: 572

Re: EURO IS RISING QUICKLY

Does anyone know why this EURO is rising so quickly? In a few months time, the euro is gone up from 3.59 tot 4.20 soles to the EURO. Rising against the Nuevo Sol because the dollar and sol are both falling in relation to other currencies. A brief look through a foreign news site will explain the do...
by stuart
Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy superfoods in Lima?
Replies: 15
Views: 4300

Re: Where to buy superfoods in Lima?

Tarwi is a beans.. You can only see tarwi in andean provinces, neither in Lima nor Jungle.. The bean has a white cream color and previously to being eaten needs to be "remojada" (soak) several times for loosing its bitter flavour. In the central andes the name is chocho (Huaraz, Yungay) ....
by stuart
Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy superfoods in Lima?
Replies: 15
Views: 4300

Re: Where to buy superfoods in Lima?

Tarwi is a beans.. You can only see tarwi in andean provinces, neither in Lima nor Jungle.. The bean has a white cream color and previously to being eaten needs to be "remojada" (soak) several times for loosing its bitter flavour. In the central andes the name is chocho (Huaraz, Yungay) ....
by stuart
Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Oxapampa
Replies: 23
Views: 6576

Re: Oxapampa

koplinfamilia wrote:Davek, which bus did you take to Oxapampa?


I'll let Davek answer as maybe things have changed, but generally you take the bus to La Merced and switch there.
by stuart
Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Oxapampa
Replies: 23
Views: 6576

Re: Oxapampa

Indeed, Chanchamayo was horribly affected by terrorism last century, it's poor people brutalized once again. You might have noticed high support for Fujimori when you visited, he armed the people and they drove out the Sendero Luminoso. Today the whole area is as peaceful as can be, Oxapampa and Poz...
by stuart
Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Oxapampa
Replies: 23
Views: 6576

Re: Oxapampa

Pozuzo is a lot further away than Oxapampa. Villarica is also nice and closer to the carretera central. If living among Germans is not a priority, you could also stick to somewhere in Chanchamayo, from San Ramón to Satipo.
by stuart
Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Oxapampa
Replies: 23
Views: 6576

Re: Oxapampa

Probably because of the lack of services and infrastructure. You'd have to go without a lot of things, from certain foods to healthcare and schooling. It's a long way away, no proper highway. If those are the types of things you can survive without though, there is little doubt the place is paradise...
by stuart
Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Vacuum Bags?!?!?
Replies: 2
Views: 784

Re: Vacuum Bags?!?!?

Buy it on the internet.
by stuart
Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Limit on number of names a baby can have?
Replies: 20
Views: 3481

Re: Limit on number of names a baby can have?

Sharon,

There was a discussion about this somewhere on the forum a few years ago, something about a new law regulating the names of children. I'm very sure you were involved!
by stuart
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Easy Border-hop?
Replies: 29
Views: 7846

Re: Easy Border-hop?

Koplinfamilia, Ignore all the above... forget dusty and dull Arica and Tacna. Forget dangerous Huaquillas and it's scams and robberies. You mention a short vacation... Fly to Piura and take the bus to Loja via the Macará border crossing. The bus takes you through beautiful scenery rather than deser...
by stuart
Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I just can't belive
Replies: 22
Views: 3714

Re: I just can't belive

Sorry to hear about that. I can't tell you how many people I know in Peru who have been robbed like that, it is extremely common (unfortunately). I think that MAINLY applies to Lima. No, it is not just Lima at all. The cities I am most familiar with (Chimbote and Trujillo) are just as bad, if not w...
by stuart
Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moyobamba
Replies: 2
Views: 793

Re: Moyobamba

euroman wrote:Anyone living in Moyobamba???


I've heard of a British guy living there...
by stuart
Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Cajamarca from U.S.A.
Replies: 7
Views: 1760

Re: Moving to Cajamarca from U.S.A.

Friends of the family, or rather distant relatives I think, live in Cajamarca. They own one of the main gas stations heading out of the town to the coast and are fairly wealthy. Cajamarca has a rough look about it (in terms of infrastructure, not beauty - here it rivals Cusco), because despite the m...
by stuart
Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: La Hora Peruana
Replies: 78
Views: 10155

Re: La Hora Peruana

have seen some few expat with this way of thinking -> "you peruvian have to accept my western lifestyle because I consider the way you live innappropiate for my western standards" Globalization is still figuring out how to blend the two concepts together and a lot of us are part of that j...
by stuart
Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Claro 3g
Replies: 5
Views: 1158

Re: Claro 3g

Yes it is a big scam that both Claro and Telefonica force you to' sign a contract in which you accept that the speed you get is 10% (and if you are lucky more) of the advertised en sold speed. Where is Indicopi and the telco watchdog on this? How can they advertise a bag of 10 oranges for ten soles...
by stuart
Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Claro 3g
Replies: 5
Views: 1158

Re: Claro 3g

At least this way you'll never reach the cut-off download limit of the "unlimited" plan...
by stuart
Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dryer
Replies: 11
Views: 2793

Re: Dryer

Hiraoka generally beat prices of other places, and as said, their returns and repairs policies are not a joke like those of Saga and Ripley. Definitely get one that uses gas. In my opinion Euroman's 30% savings estimate is very conservative. And being so cheap to use, if you live in one of the ocean...
by stuart
Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: what mascotas (pets) do you have.
Replies: 12
Views: 2086

Re: what mascotas (pets) do you have.

I have a lab/dane + who knows what else he maybe, that travels back and forth every year with us from Kentucky. He is a dog we rescued from a shelter and his name is Zach and he is 7. We also have "joint custody" of our guard's dog. Koka is a rott that is 2 years old and gives Zach all th...
by stuart
Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking for studio space
Replies: 4
Views: 1057

Re: Looking for studio space

Maybe you could consider Pueblo Libre as a cheaper alternative to Barranco with some of the same architecture...
by stuart
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Allergies - A lot of Sneezing in Lima
Replies: 30
Views: 10288

Re: Allergies - A lot of Sneezing in Lima

kendrah wrote:What is cetrizine? I've heard it mentioned several times in these forums. Is it an antihistamine?


Its my do-all solve-all antihistamine of choice! It's also such a simple little compound that the generic versions from Peru, Chile or Argentina cost just pennies.
by stuart
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Allergies - A lot of Sneezing in Lima
Replies: 30
Views: 10288

Re: Allergies - A lot of Sneezing in Lima

My allergies are pretty much unbearable most of the year round and to make the problem worse, I live in Barranco, one of the most humid and moldy districts in Lima! I have tried vitamins, keep an extremely clean house, etc etc etc and I think it's time I saw an allergist. Anyone know of a good one?...
by stuart
Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I'm a coming!
Replies: 49
Views: 8231

Re: I'm a coming!

sorry I missed you all..... I was waiting for my ride. so I call my father in law and he says, "Aqui? En aeropuerto?" and I say "si". so he says "media hora!" so we say or goodbyes and I wait.... and I wait.... and I wait! so I go up to the food place by the migracione...
by stuart
Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I'm a coming!
Replies: 49
Views: 8231

Re: I'm a coming!

welp, the day of my arrival is almost here! I live in a small town currently and I was approaching the only main intersection of the town I looked around and thought to myself that I didn't want to leave this place. but I need to go and be with my wife and child! what a pain, well, at least I know ...
by stuart
Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: practical safety tips and ideas only thread
Replies: 32
Views: 7448

Re: practical safety tips and ideas only thread

Two safety tips to add to the first post: [*]Parked taxis - when walking in the street, keep an eye out for taxis and similar vehicles parked at the side of the road doing nothing in particular. Many robbers use these to mobilise themselves. Around the corner someone could be waiting to jump out, sn...
by stuart
Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: practical safety tips and ideas only thread
Replies: 32
Views: 7448

Re: practical safety tips and ideas only thread

Great travel tips for Peru and elsewhere, particularly less developed countries. Well done for writing all this up.

It's very true that most of this becomes second nature. Depending on where you are from, small or large parts of this might already be burnt into your brain.
by stuart
Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any tips for getting a driving license?
Replies: 93
Views: 24210

Re: Any tips for getting a driving license?

Has anyone here ACTUALLY taken an english version of the exam? We asked several representatives at both Conchan and Lince and were told quite explicitly that there is no english version of the exam. That would suggest they got rid of it. Or in Conchanese: That sugest of ellos rid from it. Stuart I ...
by stuart
Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any tips for getting a driving license?
Replies: 93
Views: 24210

Re: Any tips for getting a driving license?

MarcoPE wrote:Has anyone here ACTUALLY taken an english version of the exam? We asked several representatives at both Conchan and Lince and were told quite explicitly that there is no english version of the exam.


That would suggest they got rid of it.

Or in Conchanese: That sugest of ellos rid from it.
by stuart
Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any tips for getting a driving license?
Replies: 93
Views: 24210

Re: Any tips for getting a driving license?

A mute point as you have to read it at least once to memorize it. I'm not sure there is anything to understand anyway, if I remember correctly all questions require you to remember something, such as not to park within 5 metres of a street corner. Stuart you are correct. With spanish under your bel...
by stuart
Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any tips for getting a driving license?
Replies: 93
Views: 24210

Re: Any tips for getting a driving license?

I did! Just get the official set of questions (personally I'd stick to Spanish) and memorise a key word in each along with the answer. The actual exam was far easier than I expected given that you can skip questions you're not sure of and only need to get 30 out of 40. I ended up skipping about 7 a...
by stuart
Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any tips for getting a driving license?
Replies: 93
Views: 24210

Re: Any tips for getting a driving license?

I did! Just get the official set of questions (personally I'd stick to Spanish) and memorise a key word in each along with the answer. The actual exam was far easier than I expected given that you can skip questions you're not sure of and only need to get 30 out of 40. I ended up skipping about 7 a...
by stuart
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: easy way to make good money
Replies: 17
Views: 3094

Re: easy way to make good money

It doesn't make any sense for me coming from a 1º world country to a 3º world country just to sell sandwiches on the streets.. Let that kind of work be done by poor peruvians people who has no education and just some few soles to survive.. Anyone is free to do whatever they want, but good and bad i...
by stuart
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: easy way to make good money
Replies: 17
Views: 3094

Re: easy way to make good money

It doesn't make any sense for me coming from a 1º world country to a 3º world country just to sell sandwiches on the streets.. Let that kind of work be done by poor peruvians people who has no education and just some few soles to survive.. Anyone is free to do whatever they want, but good and bad i...
by stuart
Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: villa el salvador.
Replies: 6
Views: 1443

Re: villa el salvador.

Indeed, there are a good number of upper working class in VES. A friend who's family lives there has an income of around S/.4000 which is not bad at all. Most people keep all their income and do not pay tax, which is why the area is so run down. VES residents, on the most part, even seem to have hig...
by stuart
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Got DNI - do I need a new driving licence?
Replies: 11
Views: 1969

Re: Got DNI - do I need a new driving licence?

You might see something similar if a traffic cop pulls over your father in law and he mentions his military rank before being quickly given permission to move on and an apology. My wife still has her 'get out of jail free' card. Will I get one seeing as he is now my father too? With a phone call an...
by stuart
Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I'm a coming!
Replies: 49
Views: 8231

Re: I'm a coming!

The day after I arrive my in-laws are taking me to a beach club about 4 hours south of Lima. Any advise on what I should or shouldn't do? Should I stay out of the water? Not drink the water? etc. Peru is not an alien planet. As such I recommend you should not: 1. Jump in front of moving vehicles. 2...
by stuart
Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Got DNI - do I need a new driving licence?
Replies: 11
Views: 1969

Re: Got DNI - do I need a new driving licence?

Considering in Peru you can get away with all sorts of crimes simply by stating "I didn't know", and "but no-one told me", I think this particular issue can be taken care of at your leisure, probably best to do it in 10 years time when you renew the license. i thought that gring...
by stuart
Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying an Apartment Pre-Construction
Replies: 10
Views: 2260

Re: Buying an Apartment Pre-Construction

A project financed by the bank is no sure guarantee. My sister in law's apartment was completed with the ceiling 5cm lower, as was every over apartment in the building. Many things were unfinished and the construction company have put as much effort into avoiding responsibility as they should have f...

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