The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café 01/12/2017The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or private message to @Admin_01.
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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.