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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”

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.

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.

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Wedding at Puebla



My friends Alejandro Muleiro and Miriam Fraga got married in their home town Puebla (México) last Saturday (Apr. 23rd). I went to the wedding with my friends Alejandro Del Castillo and Raffaele Cetrulo. We took a plane from Houston to Puebla on Friday and stayed until Monday morning. Jeronimo and Daniela and Gustavo and Lucy also went to the wedding on their own.

The wedding was really fun, the food was great and it lasted from 2pm to midnight. After that we went to a bar called Tequilazul (or AzulTequila) and stayed there until 4am.

On Sunday morning we had breakfast at Vips and then we walked around Puebla's downtown. Puebla is a beautiful city with lots of churches (including a huge cathedral) and very nice architecture. Later that day we had some food and coffee at “Los Arcos” with Erika and Gris, both friends of Miriam that we met at the wedding. Then we walked across the main park and enjoyed some esquites, which is similar to Colombian Mazamorra, but instead of adding 'panela' (sugar) to it, you use lemon, mayonnaise, cream and chili powder.

Then on Monday morning we took the plane back to Houston and ejoyed a wonderful sunshine with the Popocateptl vulcano.

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Colombia tierra querida!

The last time I went to Colombia was 2 years and 3 months ago, and boy, I was missing the country, the family, the friends, the food and the weather! So I decided to travel to Colombia from March 19-30. Only 11 days to enjoy all the little pleasures that this paradise can offer. Yes I know, I’m being a bit dramatic here… if you are annoyed just jump to the pictures and have a nice day!

Vaaaaamooooos! vamos mi verde!… que esta nooooche!!!… tenemos que ganar!

The crowd was cheering, jumping and screaming! It was crazy! it was beautiful… I was back at the Atanasio Girardot stadium getting ready to watch Atlético Nacional vs DIM, the two local teams…the classic match! the “derby”… the best game you can watch in Medellín!

Last time I saw a soccer match was before moving to the USA, more than 3 years ago. I was so excited.

And things couldn’t have been better for me: my beloved team Nacional beat DIM 4-0. A Sunday evening that I won’t forget… and neither DIM fan’s 🙂

That next Monday, grandma and my aunts went to my house and we had a great BBQ.

Cartagena de Indias

It was Tuesday 22nd of March around 4am and I was on a cab with the beautiful Catalina Escobar on my way to Cartagena, the same city that recently gave its symbolic keys to Diego Armando Maradona. Last time I went to Cartagena I was 2 years old and all I remember are 3 images that barely flash in my head: being next to a canyon in the old wall, being in the house of Alonso Velez parents and being in the sea with my mom and my sister.

I loved visiting Cartagena. I stayed at the Caribe Hotel, visited the old city (downtown) with Cata, ate really good Caribbean food (including arepa de huevo at the “Narcobollo”) and enjoyed an awesome massage at Cata’s mom’s spa. But the most important thing was to see Cata again after 3 years and spend a “Muy Delicioso” time with her. She is moving to Buenos Aires soon, so it was great that I have the chance to see her.

Medellín: eterna primavera

Back in Medellín I was able to meet with my friend Julio who is working in Bogotá. We went a couple of times to the Lleras Park looking for some “cuquilamosas” but everyone in Medellín was somewhere else. On Saturday we went to San Pedro town to Daniel Monsalve’s girlfriend’s family’s ranch. Over there we went to a pound to fish some trout and back in the ranch we ate the most delicious BBQ I have eaten in a long time.

Then we came back to Medellín and I took a cab to Llanogrande to meet with my college friends. We went to a very nice “fonda” (bar) called “La lucha” and listened to great live music and had a lot of Rum and “guaro”. I was able to see Jose Restrepo and his fiancé Lina, Felipe Garcia y Maria, Bonaice, Michell and Alvaro with his girlfriend. We stayed at a ranch that Alvaro rented and it was very nice to wake up in the morning and smell nature. I even took a picture of the ranch donkeys.

I came back to Medellín and met with Alelo Velez and Steve at “El Tesoro” mall, and that night my old friends from high school went to my house: Alelo, Santiago Duque and his girlfriend, Checho Molina and his girlfriend and Carlos Perez (Buho – Owl) and girlfriend. We had a couple of Pilsen beers and talked about the old times.

The last things I did on my trip to Colombia, was riding the “Metro Cable” which is a cabin pulled by a cable built in a very complex (and violent) part of Medellín, visited my University (EAFIT) and talked with teachers I took classes with, had lunch with John Jairo (el negro!), visited the Antioquia Museum where there is a lot of Fernando Botero’s work and had a delicious hamburger at Hamburguesas El Corral with Alelo, Olguita, Maritza Roldan and Monica Contreras.

200% Alegría

All I can say is that I feel really happy about this trip to Colombia and I made my self a promise to return soon. I loved seeing my parents, my relatives, my friends and my country.

Let the pictures speak.

Plastilina Mosh and Andrea Echeverri at SXSW

Last night I went to see Plastilina Mosh and Andrea Echeverri at Mambo King's during the SXSW 2005 music festival. The concert was great, and we were able to stand right next to the bands. I saw Plastilina last year for SXSW 2004. This time they brought 3 musicians that added a lot of energy and good vibe to the concert.

The cool thing is that I made it in one of the pictures (#28) that a photographer from the Austin American-Statement newspaper took.

The only bad thing was the fact that we had to wait in line 1 hour because the people at Mambo King's were idiots.

Carnaval in Austin!

Last night I had the chance to see some of the most crazy people in Austin. I went with some friends to the Carnaval Brasileiro 2005.

People in crazy costumes, people half naked, great music, lots of drumming… it was really nice.

Some tips if you want to go in the future:

– Get drunk before going there. The lines to buy alcohol are huge and slow and the drinks are expensive.

– Go with a lot of friends and mix with the crowd.

– Don't forget your digital camera.

– Dress for the ocassion. The crazier, the better.

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UPDATE – PHOTOS AVAILABLE

Click on the picture…


Thanksgiving in Dallas!

I went to Dallas for Thanksgiving and had a lot of fun. Click here to check some pictures.

Ana Yepes was in Dallas so we kept the tradition of getting toghether (Vanessa, Ana and me) every thanksgiving…

On saturday Alejandro and Raffaele came to Dallas and we went to see the VAREKAI show from Cirque du Soleil. It was an amazing show and I really enjoyed it.