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wvceltic
7/7/2016 13:53 EST

Hi, my name is Tom

I am moving to Lima to retire sometime in August of this year. I was wondering if there is a community or group of US expats in Lima that get together socially?

Tom

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Alpineprince
7/8/2016 10:12 EST

I have been living here for 13 years and do not know of any USA centric groups.
Lot's of nationalities here and they generally meet for coffee in the mornings or beers in the early evening.
Almost everyone I know are married or in a relationship with a Peruvian and we do not socialize as couples.

Cafe Z in Miraflores (now closed and owner moved back stateside) for years was expat central and everybody just showed up at some point. Now that they are closed there is a definite need for a central gathering place.

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pistachio
7/8/2016 13:20 EST

hi ap.....

curious.... what do you mean,, you don't socialize as couples..
Could you explain ' as compared to the way you would socialize in the States '

pistachio

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Alpineprince
7/8/2016 18:37 EST

I usually meet up early for breakfast or coffee and/or in the late afternoon for drinks and it is guys only. The spouses are working or with the kids. Weekends, I never see my friends as everybody is doing their own thing with wives and family.

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wvceltic
7/9/2016 08:01 EST

Perhaps It would have been more precise to ask about English speaking groups instead of USA specific groups.

Anyway, sounds like someone needs to open a new Cafe Z.

My wife and I will both be "retired" for at least the first few months there, but may look for work if we get too bored.

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Alpineprince
7/10/2016 22:55 EST

I would try the expat peru forum as it is more active than this one, If you will be living in Miraflores their are two churches where English speaking people go, The Good Shepard is one and the Catholic Church on Ovalo Guitterez has a English mass on Sunday.

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pistachio
7/11/2016 09:46 EST

hi,,, well,, this may be an unpopular opinion but another way to look at the country that you are moving to is simply to embrace is as it is and just dive in to the deep end.......

and, just saying,,, many Peruvians love and aspire to the US.... often times you hear popular US music, and of course movies that are always in English with Spanish subtitles...
[ remember,, for some reason when a US movie is played in Peru you will find that the TITLE is somewhat changed. I am not sure why,,, could be some Intelligent Property Law or have to do with distribution rights - for instance,,, The Adjustment Bureau is changed to - The Agents of Destiny !

ok,,, so that is my two centimos.....

enjoy the adventure...and the chicharone......

pistachio

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wvceltic
7/11/2016 12:21 EST

Oh, I will embrace Peru as it is and my wife has many friends and contacts there. I was just thinking of also expanding my personal circle to include expats as a means of making more friends and contacts.

We aren't really sure where exactly we will end up living. At first we are going to stay with her parents in Jesus Maria, but will be looking for apartments or houses later.

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pistachio
7/11/2016 13:38 EST

I have visited San Borja and it is an up and coming area.... I think soon to be regarded very highly.....
I thought the surroundings were really nice...
You could look in to Surco also, a well established area.....
I used to have friends in Pueblo Libra and visited a lot but really it was not impressive in any way....
Lima is huge and diverse.... and the winter weather is really a drag.... but that goes with the territory...
so,,,,,, I would be pleased to hear more about your adventure and progress....

pistachio

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littlepaul26
7/11/2016 17:26 EST

Please bear in mind what people ask or tell you. there are people that say they are in one place but of course are in another!
lima is very different lately and there are many many problems, from gang activities to roberys, to drive by killings. places that were safe a year ago are not now. this includes Lima and the surrounding subburbs!!!. also trujillo. anyone that says there isnt crime is not telling you the truth. dont give out where you are going or living or visiting to please that you personally know!!! also people that you alias in there communications are suspect. just a warning to be safe then sorry

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pistachio
7/11/2016 17:45 EST

LP,

please, would you elaborate.

pistachio

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CaptainJT
7/21/2016 09:00 EST

I agree with all of your questions, and, hope to hear some useful answers.

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401lima401
7/24/2016 19:02 EST

Hello Tom,

I haven't found a place where English speaking people meet in like the cafe that closed. I have been in and out of Peru multiple times as I have an apartment in Lima and truly enjoy the lifestyle there a lot. Have you made any plans yet once you arrive in Lima?

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wvceltic
7/25/2016 10:39 EST

No plans just yet. We are going to wait a little while until we settle in and get utilities etc established. We will need advice on the best Cell phone provider?

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pistachio
7/25/2016 11:09 EST

The 2 tried + true carriers here amidst some newbies are CLARO and MOVISTAR

I have Claro, no complaints.

pistachio

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Alpineprince
7/25/2016 13:28 EST

I have had both (currently Movistar) as my wife has a discount thru work. They both suck equally, It was always said that Movistar is best in Lima and Claro in the provinces, do not know how true that is nowadays?

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