Never trust Police friendship or prostitute love
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You officially can`t come to Medellin without taking the Pablo Escobar tour. Or so i`m told. So in a hangover, and some would say worthy state, we embarked on a four hour tour around the drug barons former playground. It`s so sad that a man like Pablo dominates the history of this city. From the late 80`s until the early 90`s he caused so much destruction and devastation, it was officially the most dangerous city in the world with bombs exploding without warning, a reward of $1,000,000 COP for every dead policeman (yup, PE offered a cool million pesos for every police badge he recieved) and drugs running riot. It has a completely different face today fortunately but the scars from Pablo still exist.
Along the tour we visited his home which was bombed by the Police and Cali cartel in 1988. It was abotched attempt and it was said that the violence really escalted after this as Pablo went crazy that he and his family were nearly killed. We also saw the place where they keep his discarded planes from drug runs, his old HQ in the heart of Pablado, the house where he was killed and his tomb. Palm trees were everywhere as he apparently had them shipped in from around the Carribbean for his abodes. Some people really have more money than sense.
Despite being jailed (although in a jail he built for himself complete with tunnels, pools, a bar, cable TV and much more) he escaped and was on the run for a year before being killed. He once offered the Colombian government a deal - he`d pay the country`s debt if he was given immunity from his crimes. Not really a suprise that they didn`t go for it. He was killed in the early 90`s and the cartels that dominated the drug scene died with him. Now it`s been pushed to the jungle regions and outside the city. The legend of Pablo lives on in the Pablo Escobar district, a poor neighbourhood where drugs, poverty and street gangs rule.
In time the man and his legacy will be long gone and hopefully not just Medellin will have a new face.