*not finished* meeting Milena - finding the best burger - ANDRES ESCOBAR

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aaaaaaaawwwwwww :)

This journal comprises a couple days of stories and pics. Starting with meeting my friend Milena at a small shopping center called "carrefour" and ending with the sad life story of Andres Escobar(now one of my favorite human beings).

I had the opportunity to hangout with my friend Milena a few times and enjoyed it, not til the end of my trip more do to busy schedules but it was good to hangout. It was a bit difficult at times for me to get my thoughts across as my spanish was basically non existant and her english not that great but trying. This was our first time meeting solo(1 on 1) I enjoy this as it gives u a different perspective of the person than in group settings. Especially if i feel a good friendly connection to a person i wish for this to see if can be good friends in future.

my friend Milena :)
Also If u plan to visit again it gives u an idea of who u wish to let know ahead of time and set up some plans for events. Anyways we went to carrefour and grabbed a bite to eat(milena being nice and meeting me in a place i knew how to get to) and we sat and talked and chilled for a couple hours. Nothing fancy, but a nice time with a new friend that i have kept in touch with.  Its simple reality that on trips many people help u along the way and impact your trip, but u hit it off(on a  friendly basis) with some people better than others and or they really try hard to make your stay or your meetups work well and so i like to show my appreciation, perhaps i did not before enough in person or direct correspondence ? so in case not, this blog allows me the opportunity to say my thoughts.
statue of Andres Escobar as u enter park named after him
...blah blah blah ;) Thanks Milena for making the meetups convenient for me and being easy going and trying hard to communicate, much appreciated!!

still need to write about a great burger experience, the Andres Escobar story and our time playing ultimate frisbee at the park named after him. Also pics of Val on this page, other misc pics, etc.. include escobar 30 for 30 story...

Andres Escobar is a national sports hero for the Colombian people, for what i can tell he was an outstanding human being , wanting to do right by his people and tried to be ethical and kind in every chance he got. There is a great documentary on TV in the states on ESPN, ESPN CLASSIC, AND ESPN DE PORTES that chronicles his life a little and how it intersects with the well known drug lord "pablo escobar"(i will put a link before to show you dates it will be on TV).

very sad story - read above
What happened to Andres is very sad and if u watch the show like me and have a soul i think u will be bummed :( i admit some tearing in my eyes even as i type this. People like him should live 200 years and be able to truly impact people more. Perhaps in death he showed some people(woke them up) to the insanity happening at the time. But to his loved ones and his fans it was a huge loss that some have never recovered from.  I went to this park , it is a soccer(futbol) park that has many many fields for soccer as well as a couple areas you can play ultimate frisbee and other things such as we did(a group of couchsurfing friends). The park is Named after Andres and there is a statue as u enter the park and a plaque. I had to ask my friends who he was, i got an idea then but the recent documentary really laid it out well for me.
MORE LATER....

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5313049 this is a mini clip, the real video is 1:45 in length, it is truly great to see how pablo escobar impacted andres life and i think if pablos life had been different in the end perhaps andres life could have changed in the end also.

here is what wikipedia says about andres, but the 30 for 30 ESPN special 'the two escobars" is the best info i have seen. hopefully soon the will release the full video online or i can find it soon...  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andres_Escobar

 

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aaaaaaaawwwwwww :)
aaaaaaaawwwwwww :)
my friend Milena :)
my friend Milena :)
statue of Andres Escobar as u ente…
statue of Andres Escobar as u ent…
very sad story - read above
very sad story - read above
valentina being silly
valentina being silly
laughing :)
laughing :)
shirt i got at parade , paisa is n…
shirt i got at parade , paisa is …
val and her grandma
val and her grandma
:)
:)
after i take the photos, she rushe…
after i take the photos, she rush…
my camera shy friend :)
my camera shy friend :)
kung fu panda, rocio, and me
kung fu panda, rocio, and me
mini kids parade
mini kids parade
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