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by stuart
Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to find Art stores that print art copies in Lima
Replies: 23
Views: 6216

Re: Where to find Art printers in Lima

There's a good shop at the top back of Chacarilla with reasonable prices (materials costing roughly twice what they would in US for example). Enter the mall from the last door on Caminos del Inca before Plaza Vea, it's on the second or third level on the right. I can get the name and tienda number f...
by stuart
Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lima's real estate. What's really going on?
Replies: 12
Views: 5061

Re: Lima's real estate. What's really going on?

Those involved in making money from ever increasing prices swear blind that there is no bubble, there won't be a bubble and that house prices are going to go up for years to come. They say the boom and bust cycle doesn't apply to Peru, that Peru is different and won't ever have a bust. They say the ...
by stuart
Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: prices up...cooking at home
Replies: 1
Views: 938

Re: prices up...cooking at home

A minimum of 10% inflation seems to be the norm, might be a bit more now. With minimum wage rises, food produced in Peru costs a bit more than before. A month an a half ago, pretty much everything in Makro went up by S/.3 at least.
by stuart
Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ScotiaBank account gringo problem – help neded
Replies: 41
Views: 8873

Re: ScotiaBank account gringo problem – help neded

Go to Breña really early or just before lunch (never on a Monday or Friday), and Chi Chi's 30 mins with sound like an exaggeration.
by stuart
Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Credit card saving plans
Replies: 30
Views: 7422

Re: Credit card saving plans

I must have been thinking of something else when I remembered someone mentioning no maintenance. The lowest monthly fee I've found is S/.13. Every sol counts.
by stuart
Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Credit card saving plans
Replies: 30
Views: 7422

Re: Credit card saving plans

Amex, Discover, Visa/Master card use them all the time, paid off their balance on time, never paid any interest and never been charged any maintenance fee. A Peruvian bank gave you an American Express, Discover, Visa and Mastercard where you don't pay any monthly maintenance fee? Which bank? What's...
by stuart
Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Credit card saving plans
Replies: 30
Views: 7422

Re: Credit card saving plans

Did someone mention a credit card that doesn't charge a monthly maintenance fee if the balance is always paid off? Not sure if I was dreaming or not.
by stuart
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Drivers license 2012
Replies: 20
Views: 6329

Re: Drivers license 2012

You probably will get away with not having "official" translations done Can anyone confirm this? Do I need to present any translations at all, of my school transcript and driver's license letter of authenticity? I didn't in around 2009, but it's probably random. If you really want to avoi...
by stuart
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Drivers license 2012
Replies: 20
Views: 6329

Re: Drivers license 2012

Come on Chichi the majority of public transportation drivers do not know how to read, write or what is their left and right. And all of them can get the license. If people like that can get it. Anyone can. Speaking of left and right, I remember when I went to do all the tramites, there's a form you...
by stuart
Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Need inversion board
Replies: 6
Views: 1536

Re: Need inversion board

Based on Google Images, I'm 99% sure I just saw one of these in Quality Products, in Real Plaza Primavera. Second floor, to the side of the food court.
by stuart
Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Need inversion board
Replies: 6
Views: 1536

Re: Need inversion board

Is it just to hang yourself by your feet and take the pressure off your lower back?
If so, I do the same with those parallel bars in all the parks with the other exercise equipment, just let my legs hang.
by stuart
Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Need inversion board
Replies: 6
Views: 1536

Re: Need inversion board

You don't say where you are, and I don't know what an inversion board is, but if you can, try the little shop next to Serpost in Petit Thouars in Miraflores. If you don't have any luck there, I could recommend a street in central Lima that sells medical equipment.
by stuart
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy US cereal in bulk?
Replies: 9
Views: 1756

Re: Where to buy US cereal in bulk?

i highly doubt you can do such a thing here. you are far from the land of Costco and Sams Club. Makro is like CostCo. Well, Makro is the "closest" Peru has to a Costco, BJs, or Sam's Club....However, I go there once or twice every month.... and you won't find US cerals in bulk. You may fi...
by stuart
Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy US cereal in bulk?
Replies: 9
Views: 1756

Re: Where to buy US cereal in bulk?

renodante wrote:i highly doubt you can do such a thing here. you are far from the land of Costco and Sams Club.


Makro is like CostCo.
by stuart
Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy US cereal in bulk?
Replies: 9
Views: 1756

Re: Where to buy US cereal in bulk?

In Makro you'll save 2-3 soles on each box. Most of them are produced in Colombia. Sadly they're all neatly stacked on the shelves and not in their shipping boxes like some of the other goods, so I don't know who imports the stuff - if you're looking to buy a lot you might want to buy from them at a...
by stuart
Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Drivers license 2012
Replies: 20
Views: 6329

Re: Drivers license 2012

chi chi wrote:For foreigners, it´s very difficult to get a licence in Lima.


False.
by stuart
Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Drivers license 2012
Replies: 20
Views: 6329

Re: Drivers license 2012

VicManu is right, there has been no change. You probably will get away with not having "official" translations done, so long as it's in latin script.
by stuart
Thu May 24, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Atheists around
Replies: 21
Views: 3601

Re: Atheists around

This is the closest I cam come to answering your question:
http://www.facebook.com/APERAT

...maybe you can find people to meet through this group.
by stuart
Mon May 21, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Immigrating to Peru (split from previous topic)
Replies: 22
Views: 4209

Re: demographic shift in the US. Whites will be a minority

Peru is full of opportunities for Peruvians and for foreigners who come in with different skill sets, connections, and some capital, and ASSUMING (big assumption maybe) that those of us who come are a net positive benefit to the country, Peru would benefit from encouraging selective immigration fro...
by stuart
Wed May 09, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Pelican and Dolphin Deaths Northern Peru
Replies: 18
Views: 4045

Re: Pelican and Dolphin Deaths Northern Peru

No reason not to visit northern Peru or eat fish. No reason to plunge northern Peru into economic problems because a group of Peru's most intellectual and scientifically-versed (its politicians) tell you to not eat fish. Pelicans died of hunger because the summer hasn't ended when it should have. Th...
by stuart
Wed May 09, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The right to work trumps all other rights
Replies: 61
Views: 9651

Re: The right to work trumps all other rights

In speaking frankly with a sunglasses seller in northern Peru, he indicates that he sells between 11-20 sunglasses a day. He buys in Lima for s/ 2 and sells in the north for s/ 20. So average 15 pairs at s/ 18 profit equals s/ 8000 a month. No wonder there are so many sunglasses ambulantes there! H...
by stuart
Wed May 09, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Quinoa FLOUR
Replies: 6
Views: 2685

Re: Quinoa FLOUR

Seen it in some supermarkets near to ordinary wheat flours, Plaza Vea in particular. A bio-feria in MF, Surco or LM will have it as mentioned.
by stuart
Mon May 07, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: who requests the criminal records?
Replies: 4
Views: 970

Re: who requests the criminal records?

As far as I ever knew, the Interpol check on becoming a resident is to find out whether you have any outstanding warrants - they're looking for international criminals trying to get legal status in a country is a (flawed) attempt to try hide from their home country. That you have a record of somethi...
by stuart
Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Trouble with Aid
Replies: 37
Views: 9245

Re: The Trouble with Aid

Kelly wrote:A statue of Christ is pretty much the opposite of a pagan shrine.


Unless he was taking a stab at polytheistic idol-worshiping Catholicism.
by stuart
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: cats in Parque Kennedy
Replies: 5
Views: 1440

Re: cats in Parque Kennedy

Also, once or so per month, old pitucas from nearby go and poison a few cats.
by stuart
Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best Health Insurance Company/Option
Replies: 21
Views: 5476

Re: Best Health Insurance Company/Option

There is also the possibility to subscribe to a specific clinic, but that means that when you are outside your home town (for us Lima) and you need medical attention, you need a separate health insurance or pay everything in full. Is this correct? Less a need for "separate health insurance&quo...
by stuart
Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The New iPad (iPad 3)
Replies: 2
Views: 1341

Re: The New iPad (iPad 3)

Apparently in two weeks according to El Comercio, but someone would have to ask in a Peruvian iStore. He's obviously not going to be one of the first in Peru who has one, I'm sure have a dozen Peruvians will have one by now and there's probably a couple of imported ones at exuberant prices for sale ...
by stuart
Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Where Do Your Kids Go To School?
Replies: 22
Views: 6831

Re: Where Do Your Kids Go To School?

As I understand it that 2001 UNESCO study placed Peru in the lowest position in Latin America with over 80% of students at the lowest level possible in reading, mathematics and science... Peru was one of the lowest ranked in the entire world, we're talking bottom few. The remaining 20% of the popula...
by stuart
Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Emergency Message for US Citizens-Iquitos Kidnapping Threat
Replies: 8
Views: 2596

Re: Emergency Message for US Citizens-Iquitos Kidnapping Threat

It went on to say: "The kidnappers have made it known that in any eventual random demand, US Dollars and Euros will NOT be accepted."
by stuart
Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Betadine
Replies: 3
Views: 1109

Re: Betadine

Generic iodine-water, iodine-water-alcohol and iodine-alcohol solutions are sold in pharmacies, supermarkets and bodegas across the country for pennies.

Iodine is called yodo in Spanish.
by stuart
Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru and the Falkland / Malvina Islands
Replies: 52
Views: 11317

Re: Peru and the Falkland / Malvina Islands

Sorry Silverback, historical fact bares no part in the discussion of the Malvinas, islands populated by full-blooded members of the Argentinian race since 500B.C. until their capture by dastardly British warmongers with evil curly mustaches. The great genocide of 1841 where over 2.5 million peaceful...
by stuart
Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:02 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru and the Falkland / Malvina Islands
Replies: 52
Views: 11317

Re: Peru and the Falkland / Malvina Islands

I understand Sean Penn has offered to buy a Beverly Hills mansion for each island family so that the Falklands could be returned to the Spanish, or the French, no... the Dutch. Though if none of them want it, perhaps Argentina or Chile could start their first tentative colonies there.
by stuart
Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru vs. Chile
Replies: 57
Views: 21184

Re: Peru vs. Chile

I was in Santiago De Chile last week. Woww, what a difference. Santiago was clean and very safe. European style public transport. But expensive. Converted in Peruvian soles; 10 soles a beer, cheap 'menu' 40 soles, busticket 4 soles, cheap hostel 80 soles. And those countries are neighboors...??? Bu...
by stuart
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Foreigners are treated better in Peru than Peruvians???
Replies: 141
Views: 29866

Re: Foreigners are treated better in Peru than Peruvians???

I think Drake should be cut some slack. If he had said the majority of Peruvians like to party, it would be just as "racist", offensive and "out of line". He did not say, as Choripán suggests, that Peruvians are sub-species with genetic defects. One thing I like most about Peru i...
by stuart
Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Foreigners are treated better in Peru than Peruvians???
Replies: 141
Views: 29866

Re: Foreigners are treated better in Peru than Peruvians???

As a foreigner and a Peruvian, I have to admit that I treat myself much better than I treat others.
by stuart
Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a computer screen... Help
Replies: 7
Views: 1851

Re: Buying a computer screen... Help

Go to Hiraoka, go to where they sell screens separately, buy one that comes with 12months warranty.
by stuart
Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: is this arequipa apartment a scam?
Replies: 21
Views: 4908

Re: is this arequipa apartment a scam?

I'm not sure you really need to ask.

Suggest paying into a bank account registered in their name, you won't get a reply back, and it you do it will be an hilarious story of excuses.
by stuart
Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Trustworthy mechanic??
Replies: 6
Views: 1397

Re: Trustworthy mechanic??

There are NOT very many at all. And do NOT take your Suzuki to Derco whatever you do, they will destroy it. Go to 2525 República de Panamá and ask for Yuri. He's honest and isn't looking for a fast buck by trying to turn over as many vehicles per day as in can, in fact, you may have to ask him reall...
by stuart
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: VW bus for a one year trip around Peru. Good idea?
Replies: 4
Views: 2138

Re: VW bus for a one year trip around Peru. Good idea?

Replied to some specifics you asked me in a PM, let me know if I can help further. I should add that you would indeed need to bring all your spare parts with you and would need to know basic maintenance at a minimum. If you got stuck on a back road in the mountains at night, in any vehicle, you coul...
by stuart
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Airfare prices
Replies: 9
Views: 3031

Re: Airfare prices

Has anyone thought to ask LAN and Taca (and any other airlines that engage in the practice) the reason they have instituted this policy? I don't doubt that you'd get some kind of corporate non-answer, but I still think it would be interesting to see what their excuse(s) is(are). Their excuse is tha...
by stuart
Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:43 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: netbooks
Replies: 2
Views: 1122

Re: netbooks

What model is the HP? A Mini 311 would be nice.

But I'd really like an Asus Eee PC 1015PN-PU17 or even better an Asus Eee PC 1018PB .
by stuart
Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru and chile - origin of potato...
Replies: 7
Views: 3306

Re: Peru and chile - origin of potato...

Looking at the Chilean link for a second time, this in the last paragraph made me laugh: "es posible que nunca se vaya a definir". It's something I've heard a lot when attributing Peruvian origin to other countries, always "we may never know". :D Genetic studies apparently don't ...
by stuart
Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Chileans advertise Causa, Leche de Tigre as theirs!
Replies: 19
Views: 6182

Re: Chileans advertise Causa, Leche de Tigre as theirs!

Stuart, I am failing at understanding what your point is with mentioning Sancocho. My point is that it is of Spanish origin, what is your point? If your only point is that Sancocho is a stew, well then I agree with you. I'll take the words from your mouth... "San Cocho" or "Sancochad...
by stuart
Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru and chile - origin of potato...
Replies: 7
Views: 3306

Re: Peru and chile - origin of potato...

I believe a genetic study showed that those potatoes eventually brought to Europe to be grown there were from Chiloe-Chile, and that most of the world's new variety of potatoes descend from these Chilean potatoes. I don't have a link to any studies, but this is the version of events that is told by ...
by stuart
Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Chileans advertise Causa, Leche de Tigre as theirs!
Replies: 19
Views: 6182

Re: Chileans advertise Causa, Leche de Tigre as theirs!

I wasn't corrected by windsportinperu, who correctly identified that cooking things in a stew is to boil them, thus the origin of the name of the dish - which happens to derive from a verb and is then used as a noun. (There's another post about cooking lessons you may want to get in on, you'll see h...
by stuart
Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Chileans advertise Causa, Leche de Tigre as theirs!
Replies: 19
Views: 6182

Re: Chileans advertise Causa, Leche de Tigre as theirs!

San Cocho is also a typical Colombian soup (as says a Colombian) and called San Cochado in Peru. You can also find Ceviche in Ecuador and Colombia and they both say it's theirs also. Each nationality you ask also claims that arroz con pollo "originally" came from their country or started ...
by stuart
Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Think I'm going to up and move..
Replies: 11
Views: 2281

Re: Think I'm going to up and move..

Exactly... you apparently have next to nothing to loose and a lot to gain. You also seem to be following in the footsteps of a surprisingly large number of younger expats. One thing I would say... it often is down to luck or down to persistence to get hired into a good job... i.e. one that you are d...
by stuart
Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Did someone say Grapefruit seed extract?
Replies: 1
Views: 598

Re: Did someone say Grapefruit seed extract?

Do you mean travel sickness? I think grapefruit seed extract would be quite expensive here as there's no mass-market for supplements. But if you're interested in this kind of stuff, you might want to pay a visit to Santa Natura (then buy cheaper elsewhere if possible). Peru has a tonne of interestin...
by stuart
Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reasonable Charges for Services
Replies: 9
Views: 1759

Re: Reasonable Charges for Services

How often have you tried to figure out what is a reasonable amount to pay for various services? Seems it's easier to compare and figure out the right prices when buying things, but when agreeing on payment for services, it seems more complicated and often we wonder what others pay - or would consid...
by stuart
Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The shaman question
Replies: 10
Views: 2212

Re: The shaman question

Taking ayahuasca for most pople usually involves vomiting and having diarrhea into a bucket with the people you're with, all while you're dizzy. I don't think its a great idea for those with depression.

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