Friday, 20 July 2012
In December I took Alicia a phone to replace the piece of junk she had been using. She tried to have me talk to people a couple of times on her old phone, and I couldn't hear a blessed thing.
The new phone has a 5mp camera with flash. It's a little touchy, but she had some nice photos on it that I downloaded to the computer when I was there in June.
This was her Christmas tree. She really loves Christmas.
My niece Claire spent a couple of days with us in January. (Whoops. Someone's boxer shorts got left on the little Christmas tree...)
We spent an evening with a couple of Alicia's oldest friend. This is Lucrecia, whom she has known since high school. She's an attorney. It's handy having a lawyer for a friend.
That evening at Lucrecia's house, we made a traditional Christmas delicacy: natilla. Natilla is a thick cornstarch pudding flavored with coconut and cinnamon. The coconuts were browned over a burner and then cracked open. Lucrecia's husband Alejandro is on the left. The other friend is Maritza.
Maritza is one of the world's absolute best long-distance runners. She entered the Marathon des Sables twice. It is considered the toughest footrace on earth: six days, 251 kilometers through the Sahara, carrying all your gear on your back. The first time she entered, she came in 30th overall, and 2nd for the women. She would have won her category except that she and her husband got lost for an hour or two. (One year a runner was lost for 9 days because of a sandstorm.)
She's one of Alicia's dearest friends, and is godmother to her son Juan Manuel. She and her husband run a very successful rock-climbing school. They also organize a yearly cross-country race on the mountain slopes above Medellín.
One of my favorite places in Medellín is a house overlooking the city. It used to be a restaurant called Los Pinos, back when we were kids. It was owned by one of my neighbors in San Cristóbal. Alicia and I hung out on this balcony for an hour or so when we were just getting reacquainted in November 2010. We made a pilgrimage up there in January again.
Another favorite stop is El Astor, a great dessert place on Junín in the heart of downtown. I think our friend Oscar was with us this time.
At a little business that helped us with cell phone issues, we met this sweet little dog. I don't remember what the Cone of Shame was for. I think it was an injury.
Well, Alicia's on Skype, so I have far better things to do right now. Have a great night.
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