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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'll do a repeat message here that I have one weekend VIP ticket for sale. $175 OBO. dennisjphilpot@gmail.com or 6889-4181.
  2. I have an extra ticket, (weekend, VIP) for the Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival. Bought it before I moved here when they were first available online. $175 or best offer over $175. They are now selling for somewhat more. Contact information: dennisjphilpot@gmail.com or cell 6889-4181.
  3. Good service, good folks, good vibes. Bad food (though maybe prepared ok), high prices, better options elsewhere. But it will usually be busy so good for them.
  4. Wow!! What great input from so many. Thanks and really appreciate it. As always it seems like different folks need different bank deals. So I didn't see any reason for me to keep my MB account open, but will do so for another few months just in case I learn something. And if not, then I can further simplify my life. Thanks again to all. Dennis
  5. Just looking for a little input here from long timers in Boquete. I've only been here since June 2016 and one of the first things I did was open a bank account -- a savings account with a $1,000 minimum balance, debit card and no service fees. In these 7 or so months, the only transactions have been to deposit checks from my US Wells Fargo account, and then sometimes use the local bank's ATM to get cash. However, I've no problem getting cash on my Wells Fargo debit card ($2.50 fee) and all other transactions (rent, lawyer, stores, etc.) are easily handled via PayPal or Wells Fargo Visa Credit Card. So far it appears to me that I don't need the Boquete bank account, so I'm wondering if and when and why I'll ever really need it, even with it's good service, friendly staff, online banking, etc.? Thanks in advance for any education you can provide me.
  6. I also bought my vehicle from Keith and did so sight unseen (just a few photos on email attachments) so I didn't have to rent upon arrival. The model I bought wasn't available in the US, so I did the best estimate I could and then assigned a 10% Panama "premium" rather arbitrarily. So Keith's reputation, and references from the few folks I knew here before moving, are what convinced me to take the chance. And it's worked out fine. And I'd do it again if I ever moved back to the US. Not many folks one can say that about.
  7. Sage advice, I think, Bonnie. Just wish I could follow it. I began looking before I moved here last June, but at age 70 (now 71) found that the comprehensive plans (Worldwide, PALIC, etc.) cost from $500 to $1,500 per month with quite large deductibles ($10,000 to $25,000 as I recall). And the Chiriqui Plan seemed only good for small emergencies (though I still may opt for this plan) for the first 12-36 months, and then maybe something more comprehensive after 24-36 months. Since I maintained my Medicare coverage in the US, and since the HMO plan that administers Medicare for me will pay up to $20,000 when traveling outside the US, I've so far decided to take the risks and self-insure to a certain extent. But I'm not comfortable with that. So do you have any further recommendations that I might investigate?
  8. I live in Jaramillo Arriba, almost seven months now. I've seen three scorpions so far, a couple of small ones and a larger one. I don't like killing things so I just put a small plastic bowl or other type of container over the scorpion (or other bug), then slide a piece of thin cardboard or laminated paper or something similar (larger that the opening of the bowl or container) underneath and take it outside and let the scorpion / but go to it's natural habitat. The scorpions don't seem to move too fast so it's pretty each to catch then like that. That works for when you see them. I've also been advised to make sure my shoes and other potential hiding places are clean before use.
  9. I too looked long and far for kalamata olives until a CL poster told me about Casa de Jamon (I think that's the name) on the main road to Boquete -- right side going toward town next to office building which I think is called Paso Alto.
  10. Thanks, Penny. This was a great suggestion. Appreciate it.
  11. Penny, can you please tell me where this new store is? Thanks in advance.
  12. Thanks, Bonnie. Appreciate the input. Their dry cleaning is OK, but I don't need it much. It's the simple laundry that is a problem -- clothes returned still damp, yet folded and bagged; plus too many lost socks. So I'll try somewhere else for the laundry. Thanks again. Also appreciate the other two recommendations. I've seen the place near SF Plaza and always assumed it was a DIY place (which I was ready to try). Anyway, it's close to where I live so will give them a try next week.
  13. Thanks, Bonnie. Appreciate the input. Their dry cleaning is OK, but I don't need it much. It's the simple laundry that is a problem -- clothes returned still damp, yet folded and bagged; plus too many lost socks. So I'll try somewhere else for the laundry. Thanks again.
  14. Can anyone recommend a laundry and dry cleaning service in Boquete, other than the one on the one way street just down from Choxx and Sr. Gyros? Thanks in advance.
  15. For the most part I agree with Hil's assessment and also remain apolitical with regard to parties and candidates; though with definite ideas and preferences about specific issues (and also an appreciation for those folks who truly dedicate themselves to public office for the "greater good" rather than their own enrichment). In looking at the current campaigns, rather than asking all the relevant questions like Hil did, I reviewed the impact that all the Presidents in my adult voting life (from 1968 when I was drafted and went to Vietnam for 13 months) had on my life. My only conclusion was that their impact on me was minimal, and the greatest impacts on me were always my own personal decisions and actions. Over this 48 year period I've voted for both Republicans and Democrats, some of whom won and others of whom lost. But I always did so from an issues orientation position and who I thought best for the common good. And of those who won, I think maybe 2-3 really made a positive difference on the whole with the others having a more or less neutral impact. And so I'm also really amazed and saddened at the anger, vitriol, even hate being bandied about this time around, and hope that once the results are in, folks can forget about their own position and get back to making and taking good decisions and actions in their own lives. I've only been in Boquete for five months and have made friends who support both sides in this election. And in general they're all really fine, compassionate and giving folks -- no matter their political beliefs. So in consequence, I really like living here and look forward to lots of non-election years without "me and them" conversations. And to remain true to the CL mission, I have to say that many folks here have helped me figure out what I didn't know with regard to lots of topics and I think this is the best on-line resource for me as a Boquete resident. But I also have to say that before moving here I found my current residence and vehicle through B.ning, so both sites have proven valuable when facts are needed. Here's hoping that I can someday return all the favors.