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The leader of the Medellin Cartel was responsible for over 5000 deaths between 1989-1993 including many government officials, police officers and innocent bystanders. This includes the bombing of Avianca Flight 203 which Escobar orchestrated to kill one politician who ended up not being on board that plane.

Colombians prefer not to think about the past and instead focus on the present and future. Medellin has changed a lot in recent years going from being named the world’s most dangerous city in 1993 to the world’s most innovative city in 2013. One of the things that has increased in popularity is the ‘Pablo Escobar Tours.’ Personally, I have no interest in going on these tours and would prefer to do tours in other parts of the city.

Maybe they exist due to the popularity of the ‘Narcos’ TV show on Netflix. There have been many documentaries about one of Colombia’s notorious men although the one that stood out for me was ESPN 30 for 30’s “The Two Escobars” who Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug lord, and Andres Escobar, the Colombian futbol player.

While I was in Medellin, I decided to do a ‘free walking tour’ in an area called ‘Comuna 13.’ It used to be the most dangerous are of Medellin in the 90s but now the crime has significantly changed for the better in recent years. Our guide grew up in this neighborhood, experienced the gang violence first-hand and knew of many people who died as a result of it. It was a really eye-opening tour and interesting to hear how much the community has changed in recent years.

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences about Colombia in the comments section. Have you ever traveled to Colombia? Have you watched any tv shows or documentaries about Colombia and Pablo Escobar? Would you consider going on a Pablo Escobar tour? I’m also included some interesting articles about Colombia in today’s flakes so definitely check those out. Anyways onto Flakes...

Frosted Flakes

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