Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ley Seca: No Drinking Before and During Elections

From radioquintanaroo.com
48 hours before the day of elections, election day, and 12 hours the day after election day constitutes as "ley seca". So if elections are on the 17th, then starting from midnight on the 15th, all of the 16th, all of the 17th, and until noon on the 18th no alcohol will be sold. Selling alcohol results in a steep fine and extra police are out during this time.

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Perhaps it's because voting is a requirement, not a right and people are afraid that Peruvians will be too drunk to vote properly, or easily persuaded to vote a certain way.

Another odd law is that the day before the election police aren't allowed to detain people or send them to prison, except for sex crimes. (El sábado 16 no se podrá detener o enviar a prisión a los ciudadanos habilitados para votar, salvo flagrancia.) I wonder about murder or homicide? Sometimes I really don't think Peru is advancing.






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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Don't Use Your Cell Phone in Peruvian Banks

After being back in Asia for nearly four years I can't help but notice how different the banks are here. In Peru online banking wasn't that common and scary security guards carried guns. The banks were also chocked full of people so you had to wait a long time.

Don't even think about using your cell phone in a bank either! I guess they think that you're trying to arrange a bank heist if you talk on the phone. Even though I'm sure that bank robbers have more sophisticated technology. When you finally got to a teller you'd have to stand at the window and all transactions seemed to take forever. Banks were open longer, often until 6pm and on Saturdays as well though.

One tip to remember is that speaking Spanish will help you greatly. You'll be treated differently than if you speak English all the time,it'll help you assimilate to the culture, and you'll be able to communicate easier. If you're looking to learn Spanish, check out Fluenz Spanish, Rosetta Stone, and Synergy Spanish.

Things are a bit different in Korea. Online banking is common which means that most banks close around 4pm. There are a few that are open 24 hours, like those at the airport. You can also do a lot through the ATM, like pay your utility bills (No rounding up either like they do in Peru. By skimming a couple cents off the whole population Peruvian utility companies have found an extra way to make money.). No guns either and the security guards are nice and usually wear white gloves, bow, and greet you as you enter the bank and upon leaving as well.

As for cell phone? Koreans are addicted to them. Like Peru you might have to wait a while, but there are comfy chairs and you can use your cell phones while waiting. When your number finally pops up on the screen you get to sit down in front of a teller (who incidentally usually stands up, bows, and greets you as you come to their window).

I do miss the longer hours that Peruvian banks are open and the fact that they're open on Saturdays, but other than that, Korean banks are much better.



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Monday, August 5, 2013

Say "Whisky" When Posing for Photos in Peru

From clker.com
English speakers say "cheese", Chinese speakers say "eggplant", and Korean speakers say "kimchi". All of those are foods. Not so in Latin America. According to Omniglot, Latin Americans (and Talossans, but the UN doesn't recognise that country so I'm not going to count it) are the only ones to use alcohol when posing for photos. Ironically they say "whisky" instead of "pisco sour".

One tip to remember is that speaking Spanish will help you greatly. You'll be treated differently than if you speak English all the time, it'll help you assimilate to the culture, and you'll be able to communicate easier. If you're looking to learn Spanish, check out Fluenz Spanish, Rosetta Stone, and Synergy Spanish.



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