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      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café   01/12/2017

      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café begins Thursday, January 12th and runs until Sunday, January 22nd. For those who have not yet seen -- and experienced -- this magnificent fair, you are in for a treat, and some inconveniences. Most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  During these eleven days you also need to be extremely careful, especially while driving and in planning your activities. In recent years there have been well in excess of 100,000 visitors to Boquete. Last year that number was closer to 200,000, and some predictions for 2017's Fair are closer to 300,000 people coming to our area to see the Fair. Traffic congestion will be the norm. Getting seats in restaurants will be difficult at times. Parking spaces will essentially be nonexistent. Buying groceries may be difficult and time consuming. Busses will be parked on the side streets, making driving difficult. There will be lots (as in LOTS) of people walking, standing around the bridge and the Feria and the many tiendas (small shops and stands [kiosks]) while taking pictures, talking, viewing the scenery, etc. Please be extremely attentive while driving, and drive slowly. Some streets will be blocked and require passes to use them. Other streets will simply be blocked based on congestion. Please be careful of your personal items, such as purses and wallets. Having so many people in one area creates a prime target for pickpockets and other maliantes to do their thing. To repeat, most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  Three closing thoughts. First: enjoy. Second: be safe. Third: you might wish to post your pictures, comments, reviews, etc., here on CL (start a topic or reply to an existing topic in http://www.chiriqui.life/forum/118-boquete-feria-de-las-flores-y-del-café/).   To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.

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  1. Can't be any worse than all the quality control failures, deemed unsuitable for sale in the U.S., that seem to be sent here already.
  2. Lisa, you should also send this to News Boquete.
  3. I don't think this is new. The last time I renewed my license was June 15, 2016. The license expires on June 15, 2018, not at the end of the month or on my birthday. I think it has always been like that.
  4. If only people would start using these, we wouldn't have so many lost dogs here.
  5. It's about the only Latin I know, except for amo, amas, amat.
  6. The article says those fee increases apply to imported vehicles. If I bought a Toyota from Ricardo Perez in Panama, is that considered an imported vehicle? Panama does not manufacture cars, so every car here is imported at some point. Does the increase apply only to cars individuals import, or to all cars? It is not clear. Will I have to pay $100 every year now to get my new plates?
  7. De gustibus non est disputandum.
  8. I have just one house, and one person, and I paid more than Penny did for water. Different district though.
  9. Oh! Krispy Kreme! Please come to Boquete, or at least to David (maybe better, since I wouldn't eat so many).
  10. After 3 days without power, I think that fine is well deserved.
  11. I got the power back at 1:30 a.m. on Wed., then lost it again for 9 hours at 9:30 a.m. Shlepping ice back and forth from downstairs fridge to freezer and upstairs fridge, hanging wet clothes on the line (imagine that!). Please tell me this is over. I am hurrying and checking email and CL, because I assume I'll lose it again. Also I ground coffee so I wouldn't be forced to drink instant. We certainly get resourceful, don't we? Fortunately my cell phone never quit. Also I had a UPS with plenty of charge, so I used it to charge my phone and Kindle.
  12. Arrocha does U.S. passport photos. Upstairs in the photo dept. I had mine done there, and it was perfect for the US passport.
  13. I went to the tesoria to pay my for garbage collection for the year. I had a hand-written note with me that I got from the clerk there in November. It said my rate for 2017 would be $24.40. When I went to pay, the current clerk consulted a chart (as Keith said, it showed different rates depending on where you live). I couldn't see what rate she was looking at, but the bill ended up being $40.50 (just for trash - I pay for water somewhere else). I asked her if the rates went up, and she said they did. That is quite a rise though, from $24 to $40.
  14. Regular savings accounts pay about 1.25 or 1.5 at Global. There is a $300 balance requirement for checking, and I notice 10 cent service charges on my bank statement. I guess that is for a check cashing fee.
  15. I don't know who the people were at this meeting, but it sounds like they are more interested in changing Boquete than in changing themselves to adapt to their new community. I predict most of them won't be here very long.