Nothing to See — 25 Years After Escobar

On the 13th day of January in the year of our lord, 2019, I met my friend, writer and YouTuber, Kenya, for lunch over which we caught up. The last time we met we were in Saudi Arabia. And before that, we were in South Korea.

On this day we met in the Laureles area of Medellin. After a quick search on the Maps.ME app I found our first meeting spot. Interestingly enough, I also found a note labeling the location of Pablo Escobar’s death. Personally, I am not interested in Narco-tourism, but being so near to the site, my interest piqued.

We made our way to the location, but all the while, Kenya informed me that there was nothing to see there. She was correct. I was just being stubborn and curious. The location has been retrofitted and is a language school today. The most conspicuous aspect of the location is the graffiti that adorns the wall adjacent to the site. Apparently, the graffiti has been there for at least nine years, perhaps longer. I found an article written by another curious tourist who sought the site of Pablo Escobar’s death, too. In the article, which was written nine years ago, the author mentioned that he had somewhat of a difficult time finding the location. Unlike, him, the Maps.ME app led me directly there. In the same manner that the author arrived at the location — taking a taxi that dropped him off across from the actual site — we arrived there. A short walk around the waterway and I snapped a couple of photos. There being nothing to see, Kenya and I returned to the area populated by restaurants where we initially met and we enjoyed cups of coffee and conversation.