Fast Internet Connection

I’ve been plagued and frustrated from the use of the USB modem I’ve been using at the house. At the town hall here in Boqueron there is what is called an “Infoplaza.” Many towns have them. I know there is one in Potrerillos though I never visited it. The one here in Boqueron has eight computers and a wifi connection. That’s what I’m using now, and it’s FAST. Much faster than the connection I had at the house on the side of the mountain, even. The infoplaza is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be interesting to see if the wifi system is turned off on Sundays or if I can come up and sit under the cover of the basketball court which is about 80 feet away. If I can do that then I’ll be able to make Skype calls which the USB  modem at home won’t support. My next move is to unplug and see if I can do that, and also to check the USB modem because there is a  cell phone tower right behind the town hall.


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4 responses to “Fast Internet Connection

  1. It sounds like you’re making progress in putting together your personal communications system! Now, if you just can get some one to bring you chocolate ice cream over there at the basketball court, you’ll be all set!

    That would make things perfect. I spent about an hour and a half in the infoplaza and it cost me 70 cents. Being a pirate at heart I had to go check out the signal at the basketball court and it was perfect. The only thing is I have to operate on battery power there so my time is limited but I can see it being worthwhile walking up there on a nice Sunday afternoon if they don’t shut the wifi off at night. But as Jimmy said, “Yes I am a pirate, 200 years too late. The cannons don’t thunder, there’s nothing to plunder I’m an over 40 victim of fate, arriving too late.”

  2. Wow. It almost makes a trip to Boqueron sound worthwhile, just to experience the internet speed. The last time I used the Infoplaza in Potrerillos, they had no WiFi, just a bunch of PCs running on Cable & Wireless DSL. And the internet speed here at our house, while not as bad as your USB modem, still leaves a lot to be desired.

    Enjoy it!

    A trip to Boqueron, if you haven’t been here before, is worthwhile even without hooking up to the wifi. Granted I’ve only been here for a week as opposed to six months in Potrerillos but the only area Potrerillos might have it over this place is the climate and, for me, having spent the previous 17 years in southeast Florida, is not an issue. In fact I lived in a sweatshirt most of the time I was up there on the mountain.

    I really like this place. Bus transportation is a little better at twice an hour as opposed to once although the last bus leaves David for Boqueron at 7:30 p.m. There’s a large “super mini” here like the one in Dolega and several smaller tiendas as well. There’s the infoplaza and its wifi and a baseball field. Sunday I could hear cheering going on and strolled over. It’s not very far and stayed for a couple of innings of a game of the locals versus a team from Dolega. They were serving rice and sausages, cold soft drinks and frosty bottles of suds and an Indian had a raspado wagon.

    Between the house and the ballpark is a nice, modern health clinic with an emergency room and a real ambulance parked outside. Just before you get to the town park there’s a fully-manned fire station like in Dolega. Just a few steps off to the side of the lot is a small river and where it curves around by the house is a swimming hole. Last weekend several groups of kids came down for a dip and in the evening people come and walk down the road to just check the river out. Everyone here is super friendly. I can’t get over it and what’s really funny is that everyone on my street, adults and kids, all greet me with a “hello” instead of the usual “buenos.” I tell them “habla conmigo en espanol. Necesito para mi aprender la idioma,” and they laugh and say “okay.”

    But more than likely I’ll be back in Potrerillos in the middle of May. After all, I still owe you and Joyce a lunch.

  3. Hi Richard:

    Thanks for all that information on Boquerón. You sound like a spokesperson from the Panama Tourist Beaureau promoting Chiriquí. I like that.

    Discovering an Infoplaza sounds great, plus the Wi-Fi facility at the basketball court. You’re getting better in staying connected to the Cloud.

    Panama is a very friendly country, since it has been a commercial hub since the Spanish discovery in the XVIth century.

    Best of Luck,


    I really like it here in Boqueron. If you read my reply to the comment by Mary Farmer, which you may have already, I expanded on the things I like about this town. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving day in the States. One of my favorite holidays outside of the big feast. One of the things I have to be thankful for this year is that I am a resident of the Republic. You have no idea how much I’m enjoying myself in your country.

  4. I just love your expansion of the description of Boqueron and what you like about it. It does sound like a lovely place with great people – what could be better?

    It is a great place and I intend on writing more about it, of course, but I’ll give this story to you and anyone else who reads the comments first.

    There is a young lad on my street, name and age yet to be determined, who knows a couple of English phrases and delights in using them on me often to the derision of his companions. Whenever he sees me he hollers out, regardless of the time of day, “Good morning, how are you?” I always reply, “I’m just great, how are you?” and he answers “I’m fine, too, thank you.” If I ask him anything else in English he simply grins and runs off to play with his friends. It tickles me to pieces.