So what is the truth? I know years ago it had a reputation, but I thought I heard they cleaned it up. And reputations like that are hard to quell. So what is the current situation there?
In recent years, when I go I do not see anything glaring or perturbing. I am going about my business and see others doing pretty much that too. More likely I am approached by someone begging for money than someone willing to trade for it.
Chi chi writes “The bar scene in Miraflores is full of bricheras, hookers, peperas, bricheros and there are many transexuals as well. (many transexuals are hard to distinghuish). Once a year I have to go to the Embassy of Belgium and I unfortunately have to walk through Miraflores. The first thing I hear when I get off the combi at Parque Kennedy is ''PSSST, PSSST, HEY GUAPO'' and some smart dressed and empty headed cute looking girl starts following me. And the gay prostitutes that sit at the benches at Parque Kennedy start blinking an eye when you pass by. ”
Well, that doesn't happen to me when I get off the bus. Never. You? So why are they on to chi chi like flies? I know s*x trade workers can spot a plain-clothed cop from afar and are pretty good at distinguishing potential clients from non-clients. They don't “pssst, psst hey guapo” at me... because I am not guapo? Nor am I up on the inside lingo, like chi chi is, not sure I can identify the differential meanings of brichera, hooker, peperas, bricheros or transexuals. You?
How exactly does one get the experience to spot a transsexual from afar? I can't. Indeed, I'd need to actually chat with a person do even suspect that. Yup, “many transexuals are hard to distinuguish”, but he seems to be able to do it. And I could not for the life of me distinguish between a gay prostitute from an ordinary one when passing by, well below my pay grade, but apparently well within his. Also pretty hard for me to identify a cute girl who is empty headed versus one who is full headed, unless maybe he chatted with them a bit? It is almost like a non-guapo kind-a-guy like me passing through doesn't notice anything glaring, but if I was on the prowl I might observe more?
So my question: is Parque Kennedy really as Sir chi chi describes or is it the eye, and experience, of the beholder?