All posts by Daniel Jaramillo

Colombia 2 Р1 M̩xico!

This weekend I went with Carlos, Ruben and Marcos to Houston to watch the match between Mexico and Colombia for the Gold Cup 2005 quarter finals.

It was a very fun weekend: on saturday evening we ate very good BBQ and drink some screwdrivers. Later that night we went to Bar-Rio (same club I visited last time I went to Monterrey) and finally we went to David’s place and helped him out with his apartment decoration.

On sunday we had brunch at Miguelitos (a Venezuelan restaurant) and I had arepas stuffed with shreded meat an ‘guayanés’ cheese and a chicken empanada with coffee. And then we headed to the Reliant Stadium to watch an epic game between Colombia vs México.

On a side note, the NI-Eagles soccer team lost pretty badly this weekend, which mades us (Jerónimo, Chaparro, Marcos and me) feel a bit guilty for not being there, but also good because I guess the Eagles really need us!

And the quote of the day came this morning from Boris (official NI-Eagles goalkeeper):

Chaparro’s email: “…BTW, I apologize again for not making it to the game this past Sunday.”
Boris reply email: “Daniel is forgiven. The Mexicans are not. Driving out of town to watch your team lose is inexcusable.”

Check Marcos’ comments about the trip to Houston.

Pictures available here, here and here.

Coffee Overdose

I just got back from a concert of Café Tacuba at the studio where the Austin City Limits tv show is recorded. This program has been showing life music performances from different bands for 30 years.

It was a private (and free) show for about 300 lucky people that even got invited (not my case) or made a long line (that’s me!).

Café Tacuba - Austin City Limits

This is the second time I see Tacuba in concert. About a year ago, they performed at La Zona Rosa with Control Machete and Ely Guerra.

And you think that is enough Tacuba?

You are wrong. I’m going to see Tacuba again tomorrow at Stubbs!

Austin City Limits hand stamp

I love the Live Music Capital of the World

UPDATE
Just got back from the second concert at Stubbs… just fucking amazing!

“No me hubieras dejado esa noche… porque esa misma noche encontré un amor”

Paranoia de aquello imposible que tal vez fuere…

Esta joya me la encontré viendo archivos viejos en mi computadora del trabajo…

Paranoia de aquello imposible que tal vez fuere…

No se, todo comenzó como una idea, un hito sin flujo. Los retrazados lo pedían a gritos, sin embargo nadie podía contener la inercia de tanta vanidad. En aquel dia las campañas y aquellos seres inanimados que insinuan sonidos y gritos desmedidos, pensaron que todo seria de una vez por todas diferente. Pero se equivocaban. La maldita metafora seguía inmutable y nada parecía cambiar. Todo seguía inerte, tanto como el primer dia… el día en que todo comenzó a carecer de sentido.

Según el invierno, aquel no podía ser otra cosa que lo que nunca quiso ser. Es decir, todo lo que se había tejido al rededor suyo, no era más que una máscara de su propia emancipación. No era para menos. Estaba loco y no podía ver más allá de sus narices.

De allí que nunca se volvieron a escuchar sus quejidos y lamentos. De allí que prefiere sentarse en esa banca del parque a contemplar atardeceres y basura caminante, en vez de estar en medio de su propio suburbio intelectual. Y no es para menos… y no es para menos.

Abril 16 de un año cualquiera, a las 6 menos cuarto de la tarde…

Y se concluye: Demasiado trabajo y estrés te convierten en un idiota…

100% de acuerdo con la conclusión.

Happy Birthday to me!

I’m happy to celebrate one more year on earth. And I’m very thankful because this year was full of good things and memories, some of them stamped in this blog: I’m doing great at work, I got my permanent resident (green) card, Jeronimo, Alex Muleiro and Diego got married, I bought a new PowerBook and a Drum Set, Nacional got its 8th championship, I went to Colombia on easter, my sister moved to Albany and my brother to Valencia, NI Eagles was promoted to first division, … can’t complain!

I’ll do my best to keep this next year as exciting as the one that ends today…


UPDATE
Thanks to everyone who sent me an email, a greeting card, gave me a phone call or left a comment in my blog! Also thanks to my friends that showed up at Habana. All I can say is that I had a really great birthday!


Check the pictures from Habana.

Nacional a la final!


Foto tomada de la página http://www.atlnacional.com.co/

Por tercera vez consecutiva, el glorioso equipo Atlético Nacional de la ciudad de Medellín se clasifica para las finales del fútbol colombiano. En un partido emocionante, Nacional derrotó al Deportivo Cali como visitante 2-1 y con ese resultado se clasificó a la final.

Es la tercera final que jugamos. Antes se jugó contra el Medellín y contra el Junior y ambas finales las perdimos. Esta vez será contra el Santafé. Será que la tercera es la vencida? Ojalá que si!

Vaaaaaamos, vamos mi veeeerde!
Que esta nocheeeeee!
Tenemos que ganar!!!

ACTUALIZACION
El primer partido de la final jugado en Bogotá (en el “sancionado” estadio Nemesio Camacho “El Campín”) quedó 0-0. Eso quiere decir que todo se definirá este domingo en Medellín.

La octava estrella está cerca!

To World Cup or not to World Cup?

The south american qualifiers for the World Cup Germany 2006 are getting hotter. Argentina has already qualified. Brasil and Ecuador are almost qualified. And the battle for 4th and 5th position is between Paraguay, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay. Venezuela still has options while Peru and Bolivia are eliminated now.

Check the standings here.

Colombia wasn’t doing very well, but in the last two games, we beat Peru 5-0 and Ecuador 3-0. Today Colombia is in 5th position and if the qualifiers were done, we would have to play against the winner of Oceania to qualify.

The important matter is that the idea of traveling to Germany in the summer of 2006 is in my mind again. I just hope Colombia makes it to the World Cup.

Memorial Weekend at Monterrey


Alejandro, Nora, Ron, Julia and me, went to Monterrey (Mexico) this Memorial Weekend and we had lots of fun. The drive is long but is worth it.

We got to Mty around midnight on friday, so we just had a few beers in Santiago and Ioanis’ house and went to bed.

On saturday we had some street tacos and then we went to ‘Cola de Caballo’ (Horsetail) a very nice waterfall located outside Mty. Then we had some michelada’s (like a bloody mary with beer instead of vodka) and then we went to ‘Las Palomas’ to have lunch. The food there was amazing and we had a great time.

Then it was time to enjoy Mty’s night life. We went to a club called Bar Rio and we stayed there until 5am. We were a big group and the place was packed. Lot’s of beautiful girls, alcohol and dancing… very nice!

On sunday we woke up around 2pm and went to have tacos at ‘El papalote’ (the kite). Nora was crazy about going to this store called ‘Mango’ since she used to go there when she lived in Spain, so we went to a shopping mall and left Nora and Julia there, while we went to a Santiago’s friend house to watch the finals of the mexican soccer league. After the game we picked up the girls and drive around Mty. Alejandro showed us the ITESM campus and over there we made a new friend: a crazy duck kept following us all over… it was really funny.

The last thing we did that day was having dinner at Sanborns.

On monday morning we bought some bottles of liquor and we head back to Austin.

It was a really good weekend, I had lots of fun, and I’m very thankful with Santiago and Ioanis who let us stay in their place and made sure we had a great time over there.

Click here to check out the pictures!