Saturday, January 7, 2012

Poll Results: What Will Ollanta Do?

35 people voted in the poll
60% (21 votes) thought that he would go back on his word (that's  Peruvian culture for ya!)
25% (9 votes) thought that he would keep his promises
14% (5 votes) choose other.

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Be sure to vote in the poll for 2012: How long are you planning on staying in Peru?


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Surprisingly Pleasant Experience at the Peruvian Embassy

In order to cancel my POA (power of attorney) I had to get documentation from the Peruvian embassy here in Seoul. The embassy is more like a small office in a building near the major shopping area where Japanese come for the weekend. No security guards, metal detectors, no appointment, and you can use your cell phone inside.

I'd been twice before and I had come today because they had made a small mistake which neither they nor I caught. I was told that I had to pay for 4 pages to be printed and stamped and that would run me about $40. I paid, not too happy with the fact that I should have read the info more carefully the first time.

Then I sat down and waited and waited and waited. One of the things about Peruvian culture that ticks me off is the waiting around.

The head of consular affairs came over, apologised, gave me 5 key chains as souvenirs, and said the embassy would cover half the cost, since it was kind of their mistake as well. That was nice and it made the fact that I had to travel 3 hours round trip a bit more bearable.


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