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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. Mighty ambitious ! I thought there was a water shortage. For me?, I'd be happier with a juvenile detention and rehab facility.
  2. How cool is that?.........................!
  3. Tis the season. Yesterday the community in which I live was mobilized by a reported brush fire out of control adjacent to our homes. Owner of the house was not at home but the workers were. What was happening was the beginning of a brush fire. (Possibly set by the workers burning leaves.) Fortunately it was spotted early and adjacent neighbors came and formed a hose and bucket brigade. I got on the phone to Rodny and the Fire Depart was called by him. It was only good fortune that all of us got the fire out and Rodny could call off the fire department. Wind here is now pretty brisk and the fields are dry. Although fires generally seem to blow themselves out, this one could have gotten bad. Recently four homes were affected by an out of control fire up in Volcan. Please be careful. Thank you Rodny for getting right on it. Your help freed all of us to get that fire out quickly. We were happy the Fire Department didn't need more work than they already have ! This is just one more reason I'm happy to be a Rodny Direct Customer. He called the FD and reported right back to me....that was mighty reassuring. Reminder : Jan 13 ( today) Rodny Direct sign up Noon to 3 pm at the la Villa ( BCP)
  4. Yup...we were surprised they were working on a holiday ! We finally caught up with them today. The new truck is so quiet, we've missed the guys Christmas and New Years in order to hand them a few bucks in an envelope as a Holiday thank you. These guys really do a fine job and we sure do appreciate that.
  5. Agree...you can't find stats...BUT you can step back and look at the cities where foreign residents reside in numbers and see how many charitable foundations, buildings,, activities and functions there are that enrich the community in general; then you can compare to that of other cities. It's fairly obvious. Foreign residents generally contribute to the well-being of the community in general. Feeding the poor, assistance to the handicapped, public library, volunteer labor to enhance school environments, contributions to the fire department, police and ambulance....there's a long list here in Boquete that has been provided by foreign resident. If you were to read the history of Boquete from it's roots, you would find that foreign contributions physically and intellectually were part and parcel of Boquete's advancement from the time of the completion of the Canal. Read: "Boquete, Rasgos de su History" by Milagros Sanchez Pinzon.
  6. Even better.....thanks to both of you ! Alison
  7. Thanks Judy !
  8. Hum....Ok. Last ones we had done by a photog in David who "knew the requirements".......he didn't. Ok for an E Cedula but not for Uncle Sam. Alison
  9. Has anybody had their photo done for passport here in the David/Boquete area recently? Bill and I need to get our passport renewed . It would be nice to get it done here. We've had problems before locally with photos not being accepted as they did not meet requirements. If anybody has information on photographers please let me know where you had yours taken? thanks Alison
  10. Thanks for the heads up.... It's one thing if rates have increased across the board...another if it's one rate for you and another for him..
  11. ...and every three month transport to and from the border ...fees paid.
  12. The children are the future...

    From the album Brundageba's Photo Album

    May 2017 be a year of nurturing and advancement of our children
  13. Hope for the New Year? Another one like the last 10 which were best ever !
  14. Tough when the noise is close, loud and constant. Just having a safe little place to crawl into along with her favorite cuddle toys and blanket seems to be the best along with music. Bottom line it seems it just has to be endured until it's over.
  15. I think I saw it at PriceSmart
  16. Yeiks...that's what I call my husband...certifiably dysfunctional. Alison
  17. This year there were a lot more fireworks very close to our house. With all the windows and curtains and bedrooms doors closed the dog still suffered. Rapid heart beat and trembling and nothing we did could calm her. Eventually she went under the bed which is very close to the floor. She stayed there until 2:30 am. We are all glad it's over. Fireworks aren't fun for us anymore !
  18. For me the question would be more quality of services than the price. I think I'd have to wait and see how the new AAC program pans out.
  19. Yes I read Don's account. I guess the point is your willingness to serve and be there....and Don as well. Thank you for that..(.I already thanked Don !) I believe you would have been there had Don not beaten you to the punch. You could have drug the 15 guests along for moral support. Alison and Bill
  20. WOW.....thanks. You probably saved a few from the horrendous torture of it all there.
  21. That's an eye opener Bonnie. What a sad story. Thank you for doing the work you do to help these folks. My husband and I appreciate it. We agree with you 100% . Even if you are a younger retired couple who have resources and have done the research...life outside your home country is an adjustment which brings with it stress. My husband and I weighed the risk, knew pretty much what we were getting into and knew that God forbid, if we had to leave everything we have here and go home...we could survive and survive comfortably. You have to factor that in. You have to also factor in the coping with adverse circumstance alone and not put yourself in a place where dependence upon others would be necessary. I wonder how many who lift anchor from their home base and set it down here plan that way......my hunch is it's a minority. You don't read that in these pie in the sky reviews of life here.
  22. Absolutely Judy. Not too too long ago in the old Ning days there was a huge encouragement for young families to come and settle here where jobs were possible and life was easy. Check out the yard sales lately....the ones that say: Leaving Panama. Check the items for sale: children's toys, games,desks, clothes, and on and on. Young families that are selling it all and leaving is how it strikes me These kinds of major relocation moves are tough on families financially and emotionally as well. My irritation is with the ones that hype it and mis-represent it as well. Whether it be elderly who are fed up with the USA and life there, or persons of faith who are following a leader they feel they can trust. It's hoodwinking folks !
  23. Ok so once you and your extended family realize these cold hard facts, usually the expat returns home. I think sometimes we tend to underestimate the value of closeness of the extended family as we age.