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by stuart
Thu Dec 09, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What to consider if importing a laptop?
Replies: 17
Views: 3560

Re: What to consider if importing a laptop?

Going to Miami is a great option. To make it affordable you need to find a couple of other people who need stuff (that are not laptops) and split your airfare. Bring back the stuff unpackaged with the boxes folded up among other documents. We did this last year, bringing back a DSLR camera, a laptop...
by stuart
Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A policeman stopped me today…
Replies: 20
Views: 3627

Re: A policeman stopped me today…

I do not mind being reminded to stand at attention as one time the Peruvian anthem was playing and I had not heard it before and someone suggested I stand with respect. Being ordered by the police is NOT the same thing. I think the officer was suggesting rather than ordering, and as an individual a...
by stuart
Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A policeman stopped me today…
Replies: 20
Views: 3627

Re: A policeman stopped me today…

Chiclayo gringo wrote:Ps to Stuart…you’re only giving me 20 more years?


Can I sell you on an afterlife? Pick a religion... :D

No, I'm sure dodging Chiclayo's Ticos will keep you young! :D
by stuart
Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Beautiful day, what to do?
Replies: 4
Views: 951

Re: Beautiful day, what to do?

Nothing beats La Punta, you can hang out there for hours and hours, very family friendly.
by stuart
Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A policeman stopped me today…
Replies: 20
Views: 3627

Re: A policeman stopped me today…

I am fine Stuart…thank you. If I were not fully recovered, do you think it would have been possible for me to author a thought provoking thread of this magnitude, thus unleashing a veritable maelstrom of discussion? Tom I'm pretty sure, that 20 years from now when you're on your death bed, you'll b...
by stuart
Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A policeman stopped me today…
Replies: 20
Views: 3627

Re: A policeman stopped me today…

But police-enforced patriotism is something slightly different.... And did he try to charge you for the advice? It's almost Christmas and he has a family of 12 to feed.. colabora pe ! And just to completely hi-jack the thread (sorry Tom, hope you're well), this video is dando vueltas across the Peru...
by stuart
Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why the sudden interest in Peruvian citizenship?
Replies: 24
Views: 5029

Re: Why the sudden interest in Peruvian citizenship?

I plan on doing it early next year too. I was eligible a good few months ago, but wanted to have the elections out of the way first. Now that there's, or that there's about to be, no chance of being a citizen in time for the election, I'm putting off reading up and starting the process to avoid suff...
by stuart
Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why the sudden interest in Peruvian citizenship?
Replies: 24
Views: 5029

Re: Why the sudden interest in Peruvian citizenship?

Could also be due to an increase in the number of foreigners, or a lack of desire to go home to their collapsed economies.
by stuart
Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a bus in Lima
Replies: 9
Views: 2559

Re: Buying a bus in Lima

On the VW side of things, you can contact me by private message with anything you need to know. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4900377096_21dcc76e9f_o.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4100/4899779235_1b050d1ecf_o.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4899772617_61ebee08ae_o.jpg
by stuart
Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: looking for 10,000 soles
Replies: 16
Views: 2567

Re: looking for 10,000 soles

When you have your carnet you'll be able to get a lone for that amount based only on the deposits to the account as proof of income (so long as they are regular and repeated) However, depending on what ever your home country is, it is more that likely that you can get a loan of that size quicker, ea...
by stuart
Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Motorcycle Jones
Replies: 9
Views: 1522

Re: Motorcycle Jones

Every year I come to Peru in Nov. or Dec and stay till mid-April. After a month of so I get a motorcycle jones. It's 65 degrees F here in Kentucky today and I will be riding in a few. I keep wondering about my sanity in wanting to ride in country and maybe shipping a Harley. I live in San Bartolo a...
by stuart
Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 15231

Re: Atheist Group

The thing is, Peruvian children get brainwashed with religion from the age of 4. Most ´good´ private schools are strictly Catholic, and the non-Catholic private schools are filled up with Evangelicals, Jehova witnesses, Mormons and all sorts of other US-financed people who know the real truth. I´ve...
by stuart
Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Senor de los Milagros
Replies: 20
Views: 3258

Re: Senor de los Milagros

Also barely serious, I do generally believe it's good to offend the easily offended, not good for me but for them so that they might more easily survive a life were things are offensive. That's not to say I should walk up to you and insult your mother, but it is to say I'm allowed to mock your beli...
by stuart
Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 15231

Re: Atheist Group

So... Who'd win a fight out of Zeus, Allah and Buddha in a three-way?
by stuart
Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bringing a Nanny into Peru
Replies: 6
Views: 1244

Re: Bringing a Nanny into Peru

Aggie99, Based on your migration status, jchambilla will be able to tell you whether or not you will be able to set up a work contract for the nanny with you as the employer and get her a work visa that way. If this is something that you immediately know is not going to apply to you, as it may well ...
by stuart
Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Senor de los Milagros
Replies: 20
Views: 3258

Re: Senor de los Milagros

It's good to offend people, but it's bad when people you offend take offense? That's a pretty one-sided arrangement you have there, and extremely convenient. No offense. Also barely serious, I do generally believe it's good to offend the easily offended, not good for me but for them so that they mi...
by stuart
Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 15231

Re: Atheist Group

atheists are a contradiction, by believing there is not a God they are saying there exists a God to not believe in. what a good idea to form a group to give more attention to God!! An atheist not believing in a god (the G should not be capitalized, its not a place nor someone's name) is not the sam...
by stuart
Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 15231

Re: Atheist Group

Settled then. Praise be to thee flying spaghetti monster! Thou art too gracious!
by stuart
Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 15231

Re: Atheist Group

Stuart: For the record, I am against a "negative" group of any kind...But if an athiest group can be positive about their believes, I am all for it. One of my best friends when I was a student at Oxford is an athiest. One of the nicest people you could ever meet. I am not uncomfortable by...
by stuart
Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 15231

Re: Atheist Group

OK Stuart..very well put on all of your points. My signature is actually not at all what you think...its a song from a Marx Brothers film sung by Groucho..funny but of no significance . Cool. Remaining level-headed and completely non-confrontational (when at all possible!!) is a great way to encour...
by stuart
Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheist Group
Replies: 109
Views: 15231

Re: Atheist Group

As an atheist I identify with much of what Kevin (Americorps) says about the pressure felt by religion being forced on you at every turn. I personally couldn't care less about seeing religious paraphernalia everywhere, but I do care about the gentle pushes and shoves towards religious thought by tho...
by stuart
Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Senor de los Milagros
Replies: 20
Views: 3258

Re: Senor de los Milagros

Closing down Central Lima can't be good for a large variety of businesses. The impact on travel times alone would probably be significant. I'll agree that travel across the centre will be painful, but it's not like it's a surpise (for a change! We cross downtown a lot and it's amazing how often the...
by stuart
Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Senor de los Milagros
Replies: 20
Views: 3258

Re: Senor de los Milagros

Not that I'm against Señor de los Milagros... he's the continuation of lord Pacha Kamaq, my favourite deity. The Christian part of the celebration is a bit off-putting, but remind yourself it's all really an indigenous pagan ritual to honour ancient Lima's earthquake god and it's all very admirable...
by stuart
Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Senor de los Milagros
Replies: 20
Views: 3258

Re: Senor de los Milagros

Xibalba wrote:Slightly off topic, but that "kid in a pot" avatar is priceless!


If it were filled with vegetables up to his neck it would be even better! I've always loved that avatar too, but never said anything.
by stuart
Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Senor de los Milagros
Replies: 20
Views: 3258

Re: Senor de los Milagros

...negative impact on the economy. In what way? Surely it depends on what you're selling. I'd imagine the turron guys on Tacna are pretty happy. Closing down Central Lima can't be good for a large variety of businesses. The impact on travel times alone would probably be significant. Not that I'm ag...
by stuart
Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Senor de los Milagros
Replies: 20
Views: 3258

Re: Senor de los Milagros

For the center of Lima the routes are usually published in El Comercio the day before, a necessity because of the amount of suffering caused to by-standers and negative impact on the economy.
by stuart
Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: HEATERS
Replies: 12
Views: 1971

Re: HEATERS

It's not so freakishly cold in Chiclayo that the kids would be shivering all the time, lowering their immune system so they could catch colds. It's more likely to be a case of hygiene or diet. In Peru, nothing outside your own home that other people touch is ever ever ever washed, and Peruvians aren...
by stuart
Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: For those with dogs!
Replies: 16
Views: 2679

Re: For those with dogs!

For those interested, you can often buy imported brands unavailable in supermarkets from vets, usually with a focus on mixes for specific medical conditions.
by stuart
Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: temblorcito
Replies: 11
Views: 1831

Re: temblorcito

euroman wrote:



Americorps, where do you get all this information from? Do you work for National Geographic channel?


The clue is in the very last line.
by stuart
Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: temblorcito
Replies: 11
Views: 1831

Re: temblorcito

I've never understood how a ondulating shaking of a bed can wake someone up, surely it should have the opposite effect. It's good to know that should a major earthquake strike I'll die happily in my sleep. :)
by stuart
Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Unable to locate a street in San Isidro, Lima
Replies: 7
Views: 1570

Re: Unable to locate a street in San Isidro, Lima

Did you live next to a small airport? If we can narrow down the area a little, it wouldn't be impossible to make a guess based on surrounding street names.
by stuart
Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Payments can now be received through Peru paypal account
Replies: 26
Views: 22203

Re: Payments can now be received through Peru paypal account

I heard that with HSBC you can open an account anywhere in the world and have free access to it from any HSBC agency. Perhaps one could open a HSBC account in London and attach that account to PayPal for withdrawal and access that account from an HSBC agency in Peru. Or perhaps you can open a HSBC ...
by stuart
Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Payments can now be received through Peru paypal account
Replies: 26
Views: 22203

Re: Payments can now be received through Peru paypal account

The new policy simply means Peruvians are allowed to use PayPal - before with a Peruvian address and bank account you just were not allowed to receive money at all. You can now however receive money and transfer it to a US bank account, pretty much suiting some expats but no-one else. Just yesterday...
by stuart
Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Border official attempted to refuse tourist visa
Replies: 23
Views: 4927

Re: Border official attempted to refuse tourist visa

Stuart: The 183 day limit is the total amount they can give you on a single tourist visa. It doesn't refer to the number of days PER YEAR you are allowed to spend in Peru. Do you have a source for that? I'm looking at the text of the law right now and the 183 days improrrogables listed refers to th...
by stuart
Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Border official attempted to refuse tourist visa
Replies: 23
Views: 4927

Re: Border official attempted to refuse tourist visa

This is where I've heard of people mentioning that they were told about a 24hr or 48hr rule before checking back in - not in order to get a bribe, but just that it was the law. I'd like to see that law on paper. It would mean that when you stay in Tacna and you want to visit Arica, that you'll have...
by stuart
Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:45 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Border official attempted to refuse tourist visa
Replies: 23
Views: 4927

Re: Border official attempted to refuse tourist visa

By far the easiest crossing is the Aguas Verdes/Huaquillas crossing. Not only can you just leave the country as you please - must be great if you're a wanted criminal - but the border posts are, as everyone else states, a joke. Last time I was there, for example, they were just stamping passports on...
by stuart
Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Border official attempted to refuse tourist visa
Replies: 23
Views: 4927

Re: Border official attempted to refuse tourist visa

This is the way the law always worked, before the 2008 changes: - Visits by tourists from most countries are limited to 90 days, at discretion of border officer - These visits can be extended 3 times by 30 days, but not past 183 days - You can also leave the country and come back with another 90 day...
by stuart
Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Border official attempted to refuse tourist visa
Replies: 23
Views: 4927

Re: Border official attempted to refuse tourist visa

When did they change the law to allow tourists to stay for more than 183 days per year? That has always been the case despite all the revisions.
by stuart
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Sore Throat
Replies: 20
Views: 5558

Re: Sore Throat

You should never recommend antibiotics = especially those in the penicillin family - to people you don't know. They could very well be allergic, and your recommendation could lead to a life threatening situation. On the other hand, lowering the earth's population will make the rest of us less likel...
by stuart
Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Marriage Fraud
Replies: 19
Views: 4858

Re: Marriage Fraud

He is escaping the US before the economy completely collapses and becomes a military state. Economies only collapse for the poor, and although the US will one day become a military state, this is a slow process and he'll probably be on his deathbed before the individual freedoms are taken away, if ...
by stuart
Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Marriage Fraud
Replies: 19
Views: 4858

Re: Marriage Fraud

Just a guess, but there may be more interest in him being a bigamist than in being in a sham marriage. I think worse than than is that he has forged his US divorce papers. That can't be good. That could land him in jail in both countries. The sham marriage won't catch anyone's attention, but the re...
by stuart
Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Marriage Fraud
Replies: 19
Views: 4858

Re: Marriage Fraud

Thank you for your response! Can you direct me to any web resources where I might be able to find Peruvian laws/regulations/legal cases concerning marriage scams in Peru and laws/processes for prenups and divorces? Hopefully someone can point you to the correct pages on the Digemin website. By basi...
by stuart
Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Marriage Fraud
Replies: 19
Views: 4858

Re: Marriage Fraud

My husband is a US Citizen and I happened to learn that he intends to pay a woman to marry him (complete with prenuptial agreement) for 2,000 soles with the agreed intent that the arrangement is only for the purpose of him receiving Peruvian citizenship. Our marriage is clearly over even if it isn'...
by stuart
Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Telephony and the 'Doble Chip' cell phone
Replies: 7
Views: 1128

Re: Telephony and the 'Doble Chip' cell phone

Good news: For about 100 soles, then the same a month for unlimited service, I picked up a movistar modem for my laptop. Just a little usb accessory, looks exactly like a zip drive. Connects with spankin' new 3G technology and is MUCH faster than any of the wireless connections I have had here. BTW...
by stuart
Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Telephony and the 'Doble Chip' cell phone
Replies: 7
Views: 1128

Re: Telephony and the 'Doble Chip' cell phone

Good news: For about 100 soles, then the same a month for unlimited service, I picked up a movistar modem for my laptop. Just a little usb accessory, looks exactly like a zip drive. Connects with spankin' new 3G technology and is MUCH faster than any of the wireless connections I have had here. BTW...
by stuart
Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Telephony and the 'Doble Chip' cell phone
Replies: 7
Views: 1128

Re: Telephony and the 'Doble Chip' cell phone

Good news: For about 100 soles, then the same a month for unlimited service, I picked up a movistar modem for my laptop. Just a little usb accessory, looks exactly like a zip drive. Connects with spankin' new 3G technology and is MUCH faster than any of the wireless connections I have had here. BTW...
by stuart
Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Becoming a Peruvian
Replies: 50
Views: 13909

Re: Becoming a Peruvian

Considering these fools are the ones issuing C.E.s there doesn't seem much point in legalising a copy of one, and it wouldn't surprise me Remigius if you end up not needing to do this your time around. Make sure you post about your experiences though! Stuart. I'm quoting direct from the DIGEMIN's &...
by stuart
Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Becoming a Peruvian
Replies: 50
Views: 13909

Re: Becoming a Peruvian

Considering these fools are the ones issuing C.E.s there doesn't seem much point in legalising a copy of one, and it wouldn't surprise me Remigius if you end up not needing to do this your time around. Make sure you post about your experiences though!
by stuart
Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Warning: untrustworthy landlady
Replies: 20
Views: 3874

Re: Warning: untrustworthy landlady

Is it just me or does legal speak sound so much more beautiful in Spanish than in English. Great letter - hope it causes a few sleepless nights for her and gets some satisfaction for yourself. Elegant Spanish is quite old-fashioned, delicately dando vueltas around the point, loosely touching on it ...
by stuart
Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Flag - this time of year?
Replies: 11
Views: 2113

Re: Peruvian Flag - this time of year?

I don't have the time or energy right now to check my facts, but another titbit of information is that the flag you fly must not have the escudo (shield/coat of arms) in the center. The escudo... in fact there are actually several variations of them... are to be used only by the appropriate authori...

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