On November 3rd of 2001 I moved to Austin, Texas to start a new stage of my life, to write a new chapter. The 23+ years I spent in MedellÃn since the day I was born were over. Actually it sounds more dramatic than what actually was: I was very excited with the challenge of working in Austin for National Instruments.
I won’t forget the night I arrived at Austin’s Bergstorm Airport where Diego Reyes, Claudia Lorente and JR Allen were waiting for me. They took me to eat at T.G. Fridays and I think I ordered a hamburguer. The day after was a Sunday and Diego took me to IBM’s campus where we played soccer. That day I met Alejandro del Castillo, Marcos Kirsch and other guys but I don’t remember that afternoon very well. Who would have though that 4 years later I was going to be part of the NI Eagles playing in Austin’s first division?
The day after (monday) I went with Diego, JR and Russell to see a U2 concert at the Frank Erwing center in Austin. It was one of the best concerts ever! (and the one I have payed more money for: $85!). Since that concert I have seen several other bands like Metallica, Chemical Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, Franz Ferndinand, Coldplay, Amigos Invisibles, CafÃ© Tacvba (4 times), Control Machete (2 times), Molotov (2 times), Andrea Echeverry, Panda, Jumbo, Plastilina Mosh (2 times), Ely Guerra, Jaguares, El Tri, Carlos Vives, …
Since I moved to Austin, I’ve done some nice trips inside the state of Texas (Big bend park, Houston, Dallas, Forth Worth, San Antonio), inside the USA (New Orleans, New York, Boston, Washington DC and Miami) and trips to MÃ©xico (Monterrey, Puebla, Los Cabos San Lucas and La Paz Baja California). Some of those trips have been weddings: Pilar (Miami), JerÃ³nimo (La Paz) and Alejandro (Puebla).
The list of friends I have made in Austin is very long, but I’ll try to not forget anybody:
Adriana Coronado & Robert & Anabella
Alejandro del Castillo
Alejandro Muleiro & Miriam
Alejandro Zepeda & Sayuri Yamanaca & Santiago
Arturo Karakowsky & Debbie
Diego Funes & Roxana
Edgar Ceron & Diana
Fabiola de la Cueva
Forrito & Pingorocho
Gustavo Castro & Lucy
Helga y David
Ingrid & Chantal
Integration Services guys
Jack & Yossi
JerÃ³nimo Mota & Daniela
Jose Euclides Correa & Patricia de la Lanza & Diego
Juan Reyes & Sandra Ojeda
Julia Dinolfo & Ron Harrison
Justin Britten & Julie
Los Chicos Mairmaids
Nestor Ceron & Lyla Amature
NI Eagles guys
People from ACA
Pilar VÃ©lez & David
SofÃa de la Lanza
Actually this people don’t really know me, but I got the list from Marcos’ address book. 🙂
Ok, I want to write more stuff here but I’m on my way to downtown on saturday night, so I’ll finish this later!
Anyway, cheers for all the good things that Austin had brought and for an equally great future.