Last night I watched episodes 2 & 3 of Persons Unknown. I’m not sure how long I will continue watching the series as it’s starting to get ridiculious.
I went to bed at 11pm, got up once during the night, woke up at 5:30 and got up at 6am. As I walked past the little playground area next to the community center I saw Maria from the Tinto store in there playing with a beautiful huskie. I was at the hotel at 7:05 and had to wait until 7:15 for them to have breakfast ready.
I waited about 20 minutes for a Laureles 191 bus (yep, I saw one pass as I was approaching the street) but I noticed a Santra Belen 316 bus pass by that listed El Hueco as one of its stops. Today I got off at the stadium metro station and by the time I got to the Chess League I only had 10 minutes before the start time.
This game was against an unrated player and I had the black pieces. I was able to play my opening but I blundered on the 10th move and he got a free pawn, he had a better position and I hadn’t castled yet. I held out until the 49th move. His name is Juan Mejia and since he worked in New York for a while he spoke very good English. He was working construction in Bogota but had a little accident and is presently on crutches. He lives in Envigado and he invited me to join him next Sunday to watch the Superbowl at a Gringo restaurant that serves good barbecue. (I could take the Circular 302 bus to the Aguacatala metro station, take the metro to Envigado and then take a taxi, if necessary, from there to the restaurant. Since it would be late coming home I would probably just take a taxi.)
Today I didn’t see Brenda at all nor the woman who spoke English. L
I wasn’t real hungry so I decided to just have a little street food for lunch. I decided to walk around the stadium itself instead of the 4 square blocks it’s situated on. There were a lot of little stands set up selling all types of food. First thing I had a slab of pineapple for 1,500 pesos. I was wondering if the stadium had a pool. Hah! It has an olympic pool, a syncronized swimming pool, an underwater pool, a diving pool, and pools for lessons. In fact it has almost everything: a building for table tennis, softball field, roller skating area, numerous soccer fields (of course), sand volleyball, and a sunken “bowl” for kids to ride their bikes. I’m sure I missed some things.
Next I had an empanda and a soda (grape, ugh) for 4 mil.
Walking back to the Chess League I saw a large truck pull up and numerous police get out. I also saw 11 horses with riders that were dressed like “rough riders”. The area around the stadium was already barricaded off and I had to tell a policeman I was playing chess at the Chess League to get back in. I had a Guanábana ice cream cone for 1,200 pesos and a bottle of water for 2,500.
My next opponent had a rating of 1600 so this is the game I really needed to win to finish ahead in points for the tournament. I had white and played my usual opening but I ended up resigning on the 36th move. While we were playing we heard a lot of those plastic horns being blown. Today A/N is playing Medellin at 5:30 and people are already arriving. When I finally left the Chess League at 3:30 I saw MANY police. All men that came off the street were being frisked and ladies purses and other packages searched. I saw 5 horses and riders at the corner near where I catch the bus. Beautiful animals! Lots of people were in the area walking around the stadium. There are vendors selling food, A/N pennants and jerseys.
After waiting at the bus stop for about 10 minutes a young man asked me in English where I am going and I told him Laureles. He said he was going to Belen and the other woman to Laureles and did I want to share a taxi. I told him I was in no hurry and I would rather wait a little longer for a bus. I finally caught one about 15 minutes later.
As the bus was driving south on Carrera 70 (Avenida Colombiano) the streets were packed with people (all in A/N jerseys) for the first 3 or 4 blocks. Talk about tailgating; they really take their soccer seriously here. This is 2 hours before game time, remember!
Dinner was a burger and medium milkshake at Burger King for 14,300.
Tonight I’m just going to take it easy and watch a movie or two.