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by stuart
Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru under Tsunami Warning from 8.9 Earthquake in Japan.
Replies: 18
Views: 4147

Re: Peru under Tsunami Warning from 8.9 Earthquake in Japan.

Peruvians are very short people, but even they would struggle to have their bodies wash out to sea from a 1m high tidal surge. A very uninformed and dangerous comment to put out there. I am sad you think that comment is either real or helpful as it is not true and dangerous. A 1 meter tsunami can t...
by stuart
Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru under Tsunami Warning from 8.9 Earthquake in Japan.
Replies: 18
Views: 4147

Re: Peru under Tsunami Warning from 8.9 Earthquake in Japan.

Peruvians are very short people, but even they would struggle to have their bodies wash out to sea from a 1m high tidal surge.
by stuart
Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Matute
Replies: 27
Views: 4839

Re: Matute

I guess you've never seen fans rioting after their favorite, NFL/NBA/College team wins/loses. The streets can get pretty bad but no one tells people not to go to the games. Best advice is not to listen to the worry warts and just go enjoy the game. You will never leave the house if you listen to al...
by stuart
Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Got DNI - do I need a new driving licence?
Replies: 11
Views: 1963

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

I agree that you probably shouldn't waste your time until you are forced to. The idea that a police officer that stops you would have any clue as to how the system works or why the ID numbers are the way they are is laughable. If they did notice, you could pick an excuse like "that's what they ...
by stuart
Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Matute
Replies: 27
Views: 4839

Re: Matute

My 11 yr old argued with the cop "why should we have to go to the back of the line when we've already been waiting!" and ended up getting them a police escort to the front - I swear that kids gonna be a lawyer. :lol: No, if he were going to be a lawyer he would have charged his dad and br...
by stuart
Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Matute
Replies: 27
Views: 4839

Re: Matute

Your problem is not only getting in and out of the stadium, it is getting in and out that zone without being mugged! This place is nothing like you've been before, so if your Peruvian friends consider it too dangerous, you should consider this place as a definite no-go! Exactly, it's the whole gett...
by stuart
Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Matute
Replies: 27
Views: 4839

Re: Matute

I saw that the next clasico between Alianza and La "U" is at Matute the 17th of April. My friends (limeños) tell me that they never go to watch games at Matute due to security problems. They are mainly hinchas de la "U" so I wonder if the main reason is just that it's the home o...
by stuart
Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: running in Arequipa?
Replies: 7
Views: 5684

Re: running in Arequipa?

We will be living in Arequipa and my husband is a runner. Does anyone know about the running scene in Arequipa? Is there a running club? Is it safe? You might be interested in this [ http://enperublog.com/2009/08/31/the-fastest-grandpa-on-earth/ ], though it doesn't really answer your question. The...
by stuart
Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

Yeah, exactly. I read somewhere else (can't find the article now) that only about half of all robberies in Peru get reported, so that would mean that the actual statistics are more like 60% per year... How can you be sure that half of all robberies not reported is really a half ? How can anybody ha...
by stuart
Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any tips for getting a driving license?
Replies: 93
Views: 24187

Re: Any tips for getting a driving license?

When he was told to return to the start point - having failed for not stopping at the pedestrian crossing - he announced "This is stupid. No-one has to use these rules in the street". Sadly he was greeted with a chorus of approval. In general, people are sad and hypocrite individuals. The...
by stuart
Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

man, this thread is scarring me! You'll see when you get here you won't have problems day to day. If you're not from a urban center, you might do something silly and get pick-pocketed. You might get scammed with fake cash if you are a newbie, that's about it. If that's scary, find a small Andean to...
by stuart
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

To whoever said Pishtacos are a myth, lots of Peruvians would disagree. I saw on the news the other day a month or so ago that a group in Huancayo was found with disfigured fat free bodies. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/20/peru-gang-killing-human-fat Lima definitely has involvement of ne...
by stuart
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What shots do I need?
Replies: 25
Views: 3637

Re: What shots do I need?

bmike1 wrote:how do I say it in spanish..... or will the person speal english?


If the nurse is a she...
"Hola guapa, quiero darte una vacuna, y cuando termino quizás me puedes devolver el favor", then point to the yellow fever vaccine. If she asks you to take off your pants, you said it right.
by stuart
Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

Big news from my part of Lima.... a heavily armed force of neo-paramilitary types as mentioned previously just rolled through. Absolute carnage. Several apartment buildings were hit by RPGs, one has collapsed. Govt. forces have repelled them, but the damage is done. Martial law has been declared, ta...
by stuart
Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

Still I think you people who live in Lima have it a bit better. Here in Trujillo things are getting completely out of control. Yesterday I spoke to the security guard here in our building and he says he sees people getting mugged almost EVERY SINGLE night. That's what the police-run empresario-fund...
by stuart
Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

I have been the target a few times now when driving. I have a new 4/4. They tack on to you and you notice after a few miles they are still there. I turn off the main road towards my home and sure enough they are two cars back. I have a standard routine when this happens by missing my turn in to my ...
by stuart
Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

Only once out of a dozen times was I targeted from afar, I noticed it immediately and was out of there. To be honest, I'm even considering taking back what I said above. I felt much safer than in a bad area back home. Could you tell us about that? How did you know you were being targeted? Where did...
by stuart
Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

Only once out of a dozen times was I targeted from afar, I noticed it immediately and was out of there. To be honest, I'm even considering taking back what I said above. I felt much safer than in a bad area back home. Could you tell us about that? How did you know you were being targeted? Where did...
by stuart
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

Alright, first I will say that I do not think Peru is "extremely dangerous" as in life-threatening, warzone dangerous. It is still unlikely that you will get killed here. But if you stay here long enough, it is quite likely that you will get mugged at some point and some of these muggings...
by stuart
Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

Is there a consensus that those of us who are from the inner cities of the first world find safety in Lima and Peru better or comparable to back home, while those of us from or who have grown accustomed to crime-free suburbia find Lima and Peru dangerous? And if Lima is the worst Peru has to offer ...
by stuart
Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

Is there a consensus that those of us who are from the inner cities of the first world find safety in Lima and Peru better or comparable to back home, while those of us from or who have grown accustomed to crime-free suburbia find Lima and Peru dangerous? And if Lima is the worst Peru has to offer i...
by stuart
Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Have you nationalized but NOT as married-to-Peruvian?
Replies: 8
Views: 1558

Re: Have you nationalized but NOT as married-to-Peruvian?

I think you're going to have to just dive in and lead the way. When it comes to Peruvian bureaucracy in my experience, questions and opinions are useless, you just have to steam-roll your way through it.
by stuart
Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Becoming a Peruvian
Replies: 50
Views: 13819

Re: Becoming a Peruvian

What's the need to have your level of education accuarately recognized? My understanding is that its only purpose is to have you be chosen as the head of the mesa at elections... not a great way to spend a day.
by stuart
Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Washing Fruits & Vegetables
Replies: 31
Views: 9355

Re: Washing Fruits & Vegetables

Although tap water may not be the cleanest, it is definately good enough for washing anything you'll eat raw.
by stuart
Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

apart from that, i was about to get robbed 3 times, but i learned from a friend that if you run, thieves wouldnt follow you, coz they are too lasy to do so, they prefer to just wait for another victim . Haha! That's true EVERYWHERE and something I learnt from my childhood. The best trick though is ...
by stuart
Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What shots do I need?
Replies: 25
Views: 3637

Re: What shots do I need?

A wonderful thick pink liquid that will cure all your stomach ills. :D
by stuart
Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What shots do I need?
Replies: 25
Views: 3637

Re: What shots do I need?

chuck wrote:This is something you cant skimp on...


It certainly is something you can skimp on. Not much Yellow Fever in a Lima Starbucks. The amount of money saved on shots could be used for the bottles of Bismutol he'll need for his first 6-12 months here. Depends on his plans really.
by stuart
Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What shots do I need?
Replies: 25
Views: 3637

Re: What shots do I need?

You don't need anything for Lima, though if you listen to all the advice given, you might want to bring a bullet-proof vest and a decent helmet. If you are going to be doing a lot of traveling, get all your shots here, they're cheap. But I would make sure that the shots are made in N. America or Eu...
by stuart
Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What shots do I need?
Replies: 25
Views: 3637

Re: What shots do I need?

You don't need anything for Lima, though if you listen to all the advice given, you might want to bring a bullet-proof vest and a decent helmet.

If you are going to be doing a lot of travelling, get all your shots here, they're cheap.
by stuart
Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travel options in Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 3413

Re: Travel options in Peru

Hi, I'm thinking of travelling around Peru's interior a bit but was hoping I could call upon your collective wisdom to figure out the best options to do so economically. My preference is to take flights and from what I can see Star Peru seems to be the cheapest of the airlines? (LAN and TACA's flig...
by stuart
Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a Dog
Replies: 13
Views: 2826

Re: Buying a Dog

I found my dog, emaciated and hairless, covered in fleas and ticks, in Villa El Salvador. At just two months old, he was tiny, little bones sticking out of his itchy skin. Spotting him was fate. My wife and I both happened to turn to the right at the same time, seeing him pass slowly from under one ...
by stuart
Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Astonishingly Poor Business Judgment
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Re: Astonishingly Poor Business Judgment

Asu. These are the types of things that usually go well with a bit of shaky footage captured on a cell phone. Too bad you couldn't get any of it recorded. I thought of that, but my cell phone has a big red light that comes on when you are videorecording someone, and as nasty as those people were, t...
by stuart
Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Astonishingly Poor Business Judgment
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Re: Astonishingly Poor Business Judgment

Asu.

These are the types of things that usually go well with a bit of shaky footage captured on a cell phone. Too bad you couldn't get any of it recorded.
by stuart
Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hostess Gifts???
Replies: 2
Views: 926

Re: Hostess Gifts???

I'd say a bottle of wine if you were going to a eat with a middle class family in Lima, but wine isn't generally enjoyed by all social classes across all Peru. I think you're unlikely to go wrong bringing some kind of dessert. If they already have dessert, everyone will be pleasantly surprised and e...
by stuart
Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: DHL Nightmare (US to Peru)
Replies: 32
Views: 9034

Re: DHL Nightmare (US to Peru)

Wow. So many horror stories here. Dare I ask for advice on how to a have a small Hard drive shipped? It will contain data that is essential to me, so obviously I want to ensure it's safe and expedient arrival. I am in Arequipa. HDDs pretty much always break in the mail, and if they don't, might do ...
by stuart
Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: GPS for Lima
Replies: 26
Views: 6387

Re: GPS for Lima

You guys really want to depend on GPS while driving through Lima? That's some heavy stuff! I don't known whether to praise you as heroes or to pity your poor souls. I hope the maps will also indicate the streets and neighbourhoods where you'll be forced to stop and have your car stripped to a bare ...
by stuart
Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 13993

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

Hi, all! I'll be moving to Arequipa in a few months with my peruvian girlfriend. We are moving from NYC and will stay at her parents in Cayma for first couple of months. Wonder if there is something similar to craigslist, but just for Arequipa where I could rent an apt. I do speak spanish, but woul...
by stuart
Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 13993

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

Seriously considering, for the second time, going to live in Arequipa.
by stuart
Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Haircuts
Replies: 20
Views: 7860

Re: Haircuts

I've had a lot of trouble finding a male barber who can do anything other than an 1940s haircut. Women cut men's hair like woman's hair. After a lot of trial and error, rather than a man or a woman, I always get someone "in between" cut my hair - you just can't go wrong.
by stuart
Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 13993

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

Ten-year-plan? Ha! WIsh there was a ten-month plan! They don't have one...yet. It is an issue, particularly for those on the outlying parts of the city. I live IN the city and for us it just means that during the winter we often get our water cut around 9am until 6pm on Saturdays. Other than occasi...
by stuart
Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

"Cuidate Mucho" is quite informal, the equivalent of "Take Care." I wouldn't read too much into the usage of the phrase. Usually they'll tell you "cuidate". When "mucho" is added, it's more serious, and also the intonation tells a lot. I've gotten both, but I...
by stuart
Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safety in Peru
Replies: 186
Views: 35539

Re: Safety in Peru

I was murdered twice this morning just buying milk. No but seriously, the Peruvian population has dropped by several million in the past year alone, it's like a zombie movie, people are eating each others brains and everything. Ok, serious for real this time: the middle classes of Lima are a paranoi...
by stuart
Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: English test
Replies: 11
Views: 2351

Re: English test

I could only get 75%, just passing, and I'm a geek who knows a tonne of pointless stuff no-one cares about.
by stuart
Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Post your monthly budget, Perusta
Replies: 30
Views: 6108

Re: Post your monthly budget, Perusta

We're two and earn a total of about $1300 - $1400 per month. Rent: $320 Food: $200 Car/Transport: $80 TV/Internet/Phone: $100 Electricity: $30 Cooking gas: $5 Other stuff:~$400 TOTAL: $1100ish Although eating out in cheap restaurants feels cheap, it is roughly twice to three times the price of cooki...
by stuart
Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa
Replies: 59
Views: 13993

Re: Arequipa - Just curious how many on here live in Arequipa

Martha, others, How are the droughts going? Is there 24/7 running water or are there days when you can find it cut? What's the city's plan for the next 10 years to deal with the shortage? I've only ever seen two downsides to living in Arequipa, the air quality (which can be solved by having a car wi...
by stuart
Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Eat on Christmas Day
Replies: 24
Views: 4996

Re: Where to Eat on Christmas Day

Isn't there somewhere that sells cooked turkey? I think I've heard of that. If so, I'd eat at home... I really can't imagine going out at eating in a restaurant... that's so anti-Christmas!! :) If driving after the meal though, be careful. Roughly 2.5 trillion Limeños die on the roads thanks to drun...
by stuart
Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hopefully i dont murder anyone!
Replies: 12
Views: 2705

Re: Hopefully i dont murder anyone!

In 4 years I've never been robbed, I've taken walks through La Victoria and Barrios Altos, parts of which you could easily get your throat cut. I probably couldn't defend myself if I had to, but paying attention to your surroundings, you'll never have to. As an example... why would your mother in la...
by stuart
Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Property rights of a car?
Replies: 4
Views: 861

Re: Property rights of a car?

It means they have the right to, not that it is going to happen. Like most of these kind of things, it generally refers only to the avenidas. Leaving the car on a calle without a yellow line in a residential area is not going to get your car towed. You can break any number of these rules in quiet li...
by stuart
Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Language
Replies: 10
Views: 1795

Re: Language

Two of the most important tools for me were: 1) Young Children - their language isn't advanced, their vocab is small and to the point, and you will not be embarrassed when making mistakes, and when you do make mistakes, the kids try to understand and correct you. 2) Dubbed movies with simple scripts...
by stuart
Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What to consider if importing a laptop?
Replies: 17
Views: 3543

Re: What to consider if importing a laptop?

If I were to ship a used desktop would that still be difficult? Its 2 years old but still pretty current with i7 740, 6 gigs tri-channel ram and a vid card you cant get here for starters (its got plenty of dust in it from prolonged usage and is sitting in canada right now....). How would the value ...

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