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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. Mark your calendar........ 0nly one month away. February 18, 2017, (2:00pm to 5 :00pm). This is the next POKER FUN in Boquete.
  2. Happy for you!
  3. We enjoyed a super smoothie and a big serving of nachos yesterday at JuiceMi. First time for us, and we're heading there for breakfast soon. We met David, the owner, and he is dedicated to providing good, healthy food. We understand that JuiceMi is closed on Wednesdays.
  4. In the past my driver license expired in a certain year on my birthday (22nd). When I renewed my license today (January 14th), the expiration day was not my birthday or the last day of January, but the 14th (today, the day the renewal was processed). When I questioned this expiration date, the agent told me the law has been changed so the new expiration day for your license is the same as the renewal day -- not an individual's birthday or the last day of the birth month.
  5. We were running errands today, beginning about noon. No electric service when we departed home. Upon returning home about 5:30 this afternoon, we did have electric service. Best estimate is that we were without electric service for a bit short of four full days. Now, approximately three hours later (8:30pm) we are getting very strong winds in our area. We estimate the wind gusts to be 50-60 MPH. Keeping my fingers crossed that the electrical power will stay on. Good news is no rain with these winds.
  6. Yeah! Late Wednesday we finally have electricity. Took 3-1/2 days.
  7. Our electricity outage started before a lone tree fell across a power line. No power for four (4) days and I'm tired of cold cereal and instant coffee. I think EDECHI has earned several more $250,000 fines. Ugh!
  8. Folks, Many thanks I had such a headache during this meeting. Had hoped for helpful information (was prepared to ask for suggestions on how to improve the CL program, maybe gain data for assisting someone in need, etc.). Nothing but selfish and personal complaints. I said to several people sitting near me "why are you even here (in Boquete)"? No answer, but maybe they didn't have one. Sure sad to realize there are those who go aimlessly through life, and especially with such a negative and selfish mindset. They can't be happy.
  9. We agree that the Santiago/David route is hazardous. Lane detours are frequent and only limited advance notice provided on when to move into a different lane. Not a good idea to follow a large truck because any posted signage blocked from view. No conversation between driver and passenger....best for both people to stay very alert and watch barricades. (Glad we were traveling during daylight hours). On the other hand, that section of highway is substantially better than it was in the recent past. Those 70KM just west of Santiago were brutal and dangerous.
  10. Yesterday I attended a meeting where topics of conversation centered on what improvements or changes would benefit those living here in Boquete, or that are barriers to a satisfactory lifestyle. Here are some of the mentioned items: Lack of or insufficient parking. Three people said they prefer driving to David (even once or twice a week) instead of trying to park at Romero's. The new Super Baru market place in Boquete will have limited parking also. Minimum computer skills. Several people indicated they have very little computer ability....can do simple e-mail work, but with difficulty. Have no plan for improvement. No Spanish. No wish to learn a new language. Don't want to try anything new. No wish to assilimate into local culture. Limited recreation facilities like a movie theatre. Some of the local eatery places are good for drinking and hearing local gossip. Local groups are cliquish. Difficult to make friends. Boquete no longer cheap. Prices are increasing. Expensive to live here now. i would be interested in hearing what others think about these barriers (or other barriers not already mentioned), and what likelihood there is that things might improve.
  11. We've noticed the demolition of the old "Ron and Yalty" hotel (across the street from The Dollar Store here in Boquete), and lots of construction equipment. Anybody have any ideas about what is going on here? What is the future use of this fairly significant site on Avenida Central?
  12. What is the price of this book?
  13. Anouk and I are glad The Big Bang time during the recent holidays is finally over. Just noise. To me fireworks mean rockets shot skyward and the explosion of colored star designs high above the roof tops. Pretty to watch.....not just noise that frightens animals and interrupts conversations. Maybe next year we could have a fireworks display in a nearby field and invite everyone in the community. I know Anouk would be happier. Me too.
  14. The metal spiral binding on the 2017 edition is a welcomed improvement. Thanks.
  15. Thanks, Keith. I will contact this organization for additional information. The first big question: Is Canadian citizenship a requirement for membership in this program?