We wanted to see the Medellín of Pablo Escobar from a historical perspective, not to in any way glorify his activities. So we chose a tour that brought us to the significant places, without enriching his family or his former associates.
We started at the building he was in when the combination of good guys and bad guys (hard to always say who was who) surrounded him.
Pablo went out the back window (which is now bricked up) and was shot on the roof of the building behind it.
We visited the cemetery where he and his family are buried.
When you want your hits to go well, you take the bullets to church of course. In this case, a church where a vision of the Virgin Mary has appeared, Iglesia de Santa Ana. We got there just as a Good Friday service was finishing up.
Next to the church was a restaurant where they were preparing buñuelos, a fried corn and cheese ball.
There were as big as your hand!
The square was full of people and color.
Our last significant stop was at La Catedral, Escobar’s “prison” high on a mountaintop.
Now used by Benedictine monks, they are quick to point out that they are not making use of Pablo’s buildings.
Our guide from Medellín Travels was young and had learned his history well. He had answers to every question and did not in any way romanticize the believed 100,000 murders that took place during the time of Escobar. We were glad we did the tour, we came away with an understanding of the period.
We got back to our hotel in time for a late lunch. We were going to walk to get a last pizza before Passover, but the afternoon rainstorm timed itself to thwart that effort. We found a small restaurant open across from our hotel and had a not-so-great lunch.
For dinner, we had a reservation, but our Uber pulled up to a darkened restaurant. We had tried to plan for Good Friday, but our plans were only as good as the reservations taken for the night. We had the Uber take us to an area with plenty of restaurants, and we decided Greek was calling our name. So we ate at Greek Connection, complete with lamb, plate smashing and belly dancing. So a traditional Passover seder!