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by edgeclinger
Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Things to Do on Dec 24 & 25
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: Things to Do on Dec 24 & 25

And in thinking about it, I came up with one idea of my own: Circuito Magico del Agua in el Parque de la Reserva! The laser and water show is fantastic and as near as I can figure out, it is probably actually open in the evening of both the 24th and 25th, unlikely as that may seem. The entry fee is ...
by edgeclinger
Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Things to Do on Dec 24 & 25
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Things to Do on Dec 24 & 25

Anybody have any great ideas for places to go or things to do in or around Lima on the 24th? Or maybe the 25th? Since I got such interesting responses on my request for ideas of where to eat on the 25th, I thought it would be interesting to see what fun or interesting ideas the group might come up w...
by edgeclinger
Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Eat on Christmas Day
Replies: 24
Views: 4701

Re: Where to Eat on Christmas Day

I think most people eat with friends and family at home. In Tarapoto, it`s tough to find a restaurant that opens on christmas day. Yes, "Euro," that was kind of the point of asking if anyone had suggestions for places that would be open! Also wherever you go in the world, restaurants beef...
by edgeclinger
Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Eat on Christmas Day
Replies: 24
Views: 4701

Where to Eat on Christmas Day

Any suggestions for places to enjoy a great meal on Christmas day? Last year we were just visiting here and were afraid we would end up with no place to eat Christmas dinner. We ended up making reservations at Mangos for their buffet, which was nice. But I'm thinking I'd like to discover something e...
by edgeclinger
Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bonuses, Baskets & Other Gifts
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Bonuses, Baskets & Other Gifts

What are the usual customs here for gift giving over the holidays? I understand that the canastas are the norm for employees and such. Are they usually also paid a bonus or money gift? What about others with whom you do business? I'm wondering about the guards for our apartment building, for example...
by edgeclinger
Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Water
Replies: 45
Views: 17013

Re: Buying Water

You have GOT to be kidding me! :shock:

euroman wrote:I think that bying those bidons is more a way to show your neigboors that you are rich and better than them. It's a statussymbol.
by edgeclinger
Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Water
Replies: 45
Views: 17013

Re: Buying Water

It occurs to me that, after asking for information, I never posted with what I ended up doing. We were tired of carrying heavy containers of water home all the time. It was strange, but I never saw the big bidones of water in the supermarkets, which is where I had assumed one would buy them. Someone...
by edgeclinger
Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: No Strangers Here: Help after a Fall
Replies: 7
Views: 1729

No Strangers Here: Help after a Fall

"Do you need help?" Yes, we could use some help. Gene had got his foot tangled in some bush trimmings by the sidewalk and had fallen hard and fast, finding his head against the pavement and the rest of his tall body lying limply behind. I didn't know where the nearest hospital was and wasn...
by edgeclinger
Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Expat Peru is now on Twitter
Replies: 19
Views: 2643

Re: Expat Peru is now on Twitter

I haven't got around to doing Twitter, but do Facebook every day. I always know what my grandkids are up to, along with nearly daily photos and videos of their many activities. I keep up with friends and family around the world. Facebook, along with Instant Messenger and Skype, are invaluable tools ...
by edgeclinger
Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ACAP Thanksgiving dinner at Sacha in San Isidro
Replies: 2
Views: 697

Re: ACAP Thanksgiving dinner at Sacha in San Isidro

Anyone on this forum going to the ACAP dinner tonight? We're new here and always looking for opportunities to meet new people. Would love to meet some of the people who I see "talking" on here everyday! Who should I be looking for?
Looking forward to meeting you.
Lauris (and Gene)
by edgeclinger
Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Viveros
Replies: 1
Views: 570

Viveros

Anybody know of any good garden shops in the Miraflores area?
Thanks
Lauris
by edgeclinger
Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Need a Podiatrist
Replies: 0
Views: 351

Need a Podiatrist

Can anyone recommend an English speaking podiatrist in the Miraflores area?
Thanks in advance.
Lauris
by edgeclinger
Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Customs Tax more than 28%
Replies: 0
Views: 421

Customs Tax more than 28%

I'm trying to find in my notes where I had found information before about customs fees. For some reason I thought that we would be required to pay 14% because we are NOT returning Peruvians and thus could not qualify for that exemption from the tax. But now that our ship has arrived, the company han...
by edgeclinger
Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Documents Needed for Rentista Application
Replies: 13
Views: 1998

Re: Documents Needed for Rentista Application

Congratulations, Gary! A process that starts out sounding pretty simple and straightforward usually ends up pretty screwed up if it involves any country's bureaucracy, I guess. We haven't even started our rentista application process yet after researching the process to death before moving and think...
by edgeclinger
Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Suggest a doctor for face/neck lift, and prices? Please
Replies: 10
Views: 1997

Re: Suggest a doctor for face/neck lift, and prices? Please

Wow! Doesn't sound like the kind of people you'd want to entrust with anything related to your health. I just realized you posted this a couple of months ago. Wondering if you have any updates on this since then.
Thanks
Lauris
by edgeclinger
Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee: Where and What Kind to Buy
Replies: 6
Views: 2932

Re: Coffee: Where and What Kind to Buy

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Went there for coffee and pastries to check it out. Great little coffee place. Close to the center of Miraflores. Delicious pastries. Good coffee. Bought some to bring home, too. What a find! Lauris http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lima-Peru/Arabica-Espresso-Bar/3091862...
by edgeclinger
Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee: Where and What Kind to Buy
Replies: 6
Views: 2932

Coffee: Where and What Kind to Buy

So I read in LivinginPeru that "Brazil is the largest supplier of coffee in Latin America, with 60 million bags, followed by Colombia and Peru, with 17 million and 4 million bags each ." But so far I haven't noticed much selection in the grocery stores or discovered any great coffee to buy...
by edgeclinger
Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Buy Baskets?
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Where to Buy Baskets?

Americorps: What an amazing story! Not sure that I would be smart enough to detect something like that. And a friend just told me the other day that she will take me to the shops in Surquillo where I can buy a mattress dirt cheap! I'm thinking maybe I would prefer to shop somewhere else and pay more...
by edgeclinger
Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Buy Baskets?
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Where to Buy Baskets?

Found it! Thanks, Kelly. Bunches of baskets there. Also found a bunch at 2 different shops behind el Mercado de Surquillo. Just off of Ricardo Palma to the left on the next street after crossing Paseo de la Republica. I'm on a roll now! Found some furniture at Plaza Hogar, a bedspread in the market,...
by edgeclinger
Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Water
Replies: 45
Views: 17013

Buying Water

Do they sell the giant containers of water here - the ones that normally you put into some sort of dispenser? I'm thinking that maybe I just haven't noticed them, or haven't been in the right stores yet. But all I've noticed are the ones that are the size of large soda bottles. I'm thinking maybe I ...
by edgeclinger
Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BEER TASTING AT ACAP OKTOBERFEST
Replies: 6
Views: 1208

Re: BEER TASTING AT ACAP OKTOBERFEST

That was fun! Met some interesting people, drank some beer and had a good time. But very loud and hard to have a conversation. Hope to have an opportunity to meet up with the people we met in an atmosphere more conducive to actual conversation sometime.
Lauris
by edgeclinger
Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Buy Baskets?
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Where to Buy Baskets?

Thanks a lot, Kelly. I'm planning to go out to Plaza Hogar today to look for a bed (the one that will need baskets under it!), so this information is perfect!
Lauris
by edgeclinger
Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Buy Baskets?
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Where to Buy Baskets?

Anybody have any good ideas of where to look for baskets in various sizes, shapes, etc? I'm thinking of big baskets for under bed storage, pantry storage, hampers, etc as well as smaller baskets for storing small things on shelves, etc. I love baskets and would like to find a few good places to shop...
by edgeclinger
Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Spanish Tutor Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 2279

Re: Spanish Tutor Needed

Alexander: Thank you for your reply. Right now I am involved with getting moved and settled into our new apartment. So I'm hoping that next month I can start studying again. Where are you located? How much do you charge?
Thanks again
Lauris
by edgeclinger
Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:39 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Spanish Tutor Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 2279

Spanish Tutor Needed

I'm thinking I need to hire a Spanish tutor for several hours per week. I'm in Miraflores. Any recommendations?
Thanks
Lauris
by edgeclinger
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Documents Needed for Rentista Application
Replies: 13
Views: 1998

Re: Documents Needed for Rentista Application

Anyone have recent experience with this?
(1) Does the required income (social security or whatever) have to be deposited directly to a Peruvian bank?
and (2) Is the proof of social security income obtained from the US Embassy sufficient for the application for rentista status?
by edgeclinger
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Sticking points, about rentista visa
Replies: 16
Views: 2891

Re: Sticking points, about rentista visa

That's true, but we thought we had done all our research when we were here the last time and it appeared that everything that had to be done needed to be done in Peru, which basically just meant getting the proof of US social security income from the US embassy here. We actually made a recent trip t...
by edgeclinger
Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking for Long-Term Apartment Rental in Miraflores
Replies: 1
Views: 526

Looking for Long-Term Apartment Rental in Miraflores

We're looking for a long-term rental apartment in Miraflores. Ideally we would like at least 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with a roof terrace in the Miraflores central area. Maximum of $US 700 per month. We especially want a terrace. We're in a short-term place with a huge terrace right now and love it. I...
by edgeclinger
Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Opening a bank account - soles or dollars?
Replies: 19
Views: 4315

Re: Opening a bank account - soles or dollars?

We just arrived this week. Went to Interbank on Jose Pardo near Vivanda our first day here and with just a US passport and driver's license, opened both dollar and sol accounts (joint accounts). No problems. Pleasant bank personnel. Signed out names a lot of times. Took about an hour. After the huge...
by edgeclinger
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying an apartment in Lima
Replies: 3
Views: 902

Re: Buying an apartment in Lima

I have the same questions myself. We will be arriving next week - to stay, and will be looking around to consider whether to buy or rent long-term. Would love to buy if we could find something we like at a reasonable price. We will have to look around and see. But meanwhile will need to consult with...
by edgeclinger
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to find Official Onward Passage Law
Replies: 31
Views: 5946

Re: Where to find Official Onward Passage Law

Keep a frigging email ticket from a DIFFERENT airline and change the dates. I do that and have it printed out. Never been asked. ... This sounds like the most reasonable "just in case" plan to me. Will be flying into Lima next week (flight out of Houston) with plans to apply for rentista ...
by edgeclinger
Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Suggest a doctor for face/neck lift, and prices? Please
Replies: 10
Views: 1997

Re: Suggest a doctor for face/neck lift, and prices? Please

Will look forward to hearing what your mother finds out and how things work out for her if she decides to do it.
Laurie
by edgeclinger
Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best Ceviche in Miraflores
Replies: 13
Views: 4372

Re: Best Ceviche in Miraflores

One of the fun things about being in Lima for me is to just walk around until we come across a restaurant that looks interesting. Usually it's a hole-in-the-wall place. Almost all of them are great. Almost all of them are cheap. And the adventure of discovering a new place is something I love to do....
by edgeclinger
Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Real Estate Bubble in Peru?
Replies: 67
Views: 16645

Re: Real Estate Bubble in Peru?

Last time we were in Lima (beginning of the year) I had myself convinced that we should buy an apartment. After all, I read that housing costs were lower in Lima than any of the other Latin American capital cities. So I was worried that if we waited and prices kept rising, we wouldn't be able to aff...
by edgeclinger
Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Construction Apartments
Replies: 18
Views: 3803

Re: New Construction Apartments

Good article. Thanks for posting it.
Laurie
by edgeclinger
Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: can u not buy open ended r/t airfare to peru?
Replies: 8
Views: 2237

Re: can u not buy open ended r/t airfare to peru?

I hate to beat a dead horse, but I've read through all this stuff about onward tickets and haven't been able to find a website where I can purchase (or almost purchase) a bus ticket out of the country online . Can anyone give me a web address for that? Admittedly I'm only on my second cup of coffee,...
by edgeclinger
Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help getting a Rentista Visa
Replies: 3
Views: 911

Re: Help getting a Rentista Visa

This sounds like a good idea. Are there people who regularly provide this service?
Lauris
by edgeclinger
Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Construction Apartments
Replies: 18
Views: 3803

Re: New Construction Apartments

Thanks everyone for your informative replies! We had originally thought we would buy a used apartment, but when visiting new construction sites while there last time, realized the benefit of buying new construction and having some flexibility with regards to moving or deleting walls and such. As dis...
by edgeclinger
Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Construction Apartments
Replies: 18
Views: 3803

Re: New Construction Apartments

Thanks to all of you for your replies. Hmmm... Z27 makes me wonder about questions I hadn't even thought of before. It hadn't occurred to me to question whether one might want/need air conditioning! I haven't lived anywhere that it was needed in years and do not like being in closed-up air-condition...
by edgeclinger
Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Real Estate Bubble in Peru?
Replies: 67
Views: 16645

Re: Real Estate Bubble in Peru?

This is a very interesting discussion thread. For those of us who are about to move to Lima, confusion reigns. We read that Lima has the lowest housing costs of all the Latin American capital cities. But then we read that housing costs have risen dramatically in recent years and are still rising at ...
by edgeclinger
Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Construction Apartments
Replies: 18
Views: 3803

New Construction Apartments

When purchasing new construction apartments, do they normally include some type of heating system? Water heaters? Looking at the websites of the various new complexes, they mention kitchen and bathroom cabinetry included, but I see no mention of heating or hot water. A related question: Does there t...
by edgeclinger
Mon May 10, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL
Replies: 16
Views: 2446

Re: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL

Just curious - how did the book swap go? We're still stuck in Costa Rica - trying to get back to Peru soon. If we had been there, I definitely would have gone, so I'm hoping there was a good turnout and there will be future swaps after we get back.
Laurie
by edgeclinger
Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Household versus Selling Household and Repurchasing
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Re: Shipping Household versus Selling Household and Repurchasing

Scott: Got a response from the company you used. Unfortunately they do not ship from Costa Rica to Peru. At least they responded, which 4 out of 6 companies did not! It looks like, although there are lots of companies that ship from the US to Peru, we're stuck with only 2 choices, both of which are ...
by edgeclinger
Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Household versus Selling Household and Repurchasing
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Re: Shipping Household versus Selling Household and Repurchasing

Scott: Thanks for the information. I have emailed them to see if they handle shipments from Costa Rica to Peru. Need to find a way to get the cost down.
Laurie
by edgeclinger
Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Household versus Selling Household and Repurchasing
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Re: Shipping Household versus Selling Household and Repurchasing

About $700 was actual shipping, Los Angeles to Callao, the balance, about $315 was for storage, documentation etc... We had about 450kg of 'stuff', 12 boxes. It was mostly clothing, books, some electronics, a computer, dishes, etc. We figured the value was around 5-7k and expected to pay quite a bi...
by edgeclinger
Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The demise of the Combi's
Replies: 31
Views: 4961

Re: The demise of the Combi's

Although we have full sized busses rather than little micro-busses in Costa Rica, the various routes are privately owned businesses and most busses, other than some in the San Jose area, are the old Bluebird school busses. They are not particularly well maintained and usually spew some really nasty ...
by edgeclinger
Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tax on Shipping Household Goods
Replies: 13
Views: 3268

Re: Tax on Shipping Household Goods

Sea level, moderate temperatures, no rain, big city lifestyle, food (variety & quality), people, beautiful parks, street food, clean streets, walkable sidewalks, sidewalk cafes, restaurant service, art, activities in the parks, walking and parks in the evenings, cost of living... Antonio: I gues...
by edgeclinger
Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tax on Shipping Household Goods
Replies: 13
Views: 3268

Re: Tax on Shipping Household Goods

Thanks to both of you for your input. Based on what I know right now, I think we are not going to bother with trying to get the exemption. Hopefully the tax (as with both of you) won't be excessive since we are not shipping any expensive things (mostly Gene's art, a few items of furniture, kitchen s...
by edgeclinger
Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tax on Shipping Household Goods
Replies: 13
Views: 3268

Tax on Shipping Household Goods

From what I have read, we will have to pay a tax of 20% of the "value" (determined my the authorities) of our household goods that we ship to Peru, UNLESS we have already obtained residency (rentista) by the time they arrive. I'm trying to figure out if we should just have our things put i...
by edgeclinger
Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Pre-Construction Apartment Purchase
Replies: 14
Views: 2631

Re: Pre-Construction Apartment Purchase

I was told at the bank that I could get a 10 year mortgage with 20% down at 10.5% with no pre-payment penalty. We were planning to pay cash but the builder said we could "finance" through them with 30% down and the balance paid over 11 months until completion. I had not realized that we wo...

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