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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. I don't think that my Panamanian neighbor and I are in different zones.
  2. I will get the definitive answer to this question when my Panamanian neighbor and I go together to pay our garbage bill right after the feria. If they are different she will ask the municipio to explain why and we'll see what they say.
  3. I remember when Krispy Kreme opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lines around the block. They were my favorite when I lived in North Carolina.
  4. I paid twice as much as my neighbor on each house. Still cheap !!
  5. Be very careful driving the Alto Lino loop after dark. Many folks get drunk at the feria and then walk home in the middle of that road.
  6. What Keith says may well be true, but I live in a basically Panamanian neighborhood and went with my Panamanian neighbor to pay and she paid half of what I paid and the explanation was that it was expected I would generate more garbage. This was last year. We'll see what this year brings. Still cheap and I'm still happy.
  7. Here's what you do: drive up the Jaramillo Arriba road. Just past the school on the right and the basketball court on the left is the Corrigadora's office on the left. There is a sign on the door. Tell her you need a "ticket para la feria" and she will understand what you want. She wants your plate number, your name, the type and color of your vehicle. She will issue you a pass to drive past the feria. However, common sense dictates that you don't do it after 5 or 6 every night. The road is packed with pedestrians and you basically have to tap them with your bumper to get them to move. Also, going around the Alto LIno loop isn't a good option after dark. There are many drunks wearing dark clothes walking on the road during feria. Best option is to stay home after 5 pm for the ten days of feria.
  8. I paid a friend's Tasa Unica ($300 for a corporation and $400 for a foundation) at Banco Nacional. I asked the service rep for 3 forms so I had one for my own fee and one for an extra. Today I went to Caja de Ahorros across the street from the new (still under construction) Deli Baru and I paid my own corporate fee. Many people aren't aware you can also pay at Caja de Ahorros and the lines are way shorter there.
  9. I paid my water bill today to the Jaramillo Arriba water system today. The bill was the same as it's always been -- $32.80 total for two houses. This represents a discount for paying the entire year in January. I'm happy about this amount having come from a place that the water bill was $60/month for one house in Michigan in 2002. Last year my garbage rate paid to the Municipio went way up. The reason given was that I was a gringo and put out more garbage. The new rate was $32.40/year for each of my two houses. I paid it without arguing the gringo question because it's still way less than the $6/week I was paying in 2002 in Michigan. And, maybe it's true that I do put out more garbage. However, I know for a fact that many Panamanian pedestrians bring their garbage from farther up the hill and dump it into my container. Let's just keep it in perspective folks.
  10. Marie I have a few more things to donate. Can I bring them next Tuesday to the ARF tent at the Tuesday market?
  11. I also got Cableonda back just now but still no cell service.
  12. Well, it's Wednesday and I finally got power back this morning. However,Cableonda isn't working so no internet or TV and Mas Movil isn't working in my neighborhood. Does anybody know anything??
  13. The speakers at this week's Tuesday Talks and the topic are so important that Mr. Bud will probably film it and publish it as a podcast. For those of you who don't know Bud, he's a true asset to our community.
  14. When I was growing up on the Great Lakes in Michigan, perch were plentiful and the basis for all fish fries. The perch are now almost gone in the Great Lakes and the few left are very, very expensive. Kind of like corvina is in Panama -- getting scarce and expensive. I think the solution to the Peacock Bass and also the Lionfish problem is "Eat 'em; beat 'em".
  15. An article in Newsroom Panama today indicated that about a dozen Panama banks have been fined for irregular practices. The two banks in Boquete that are included are Global Bank and the government bank Caja de Ahorros.