In this blog post, I have 3 helpful Spanish words for you. I also have a response to a customer’s question about Pablo Escobar, including some pics from one of the former homes of Pablo Escobar which is now completely dilapidated. Let’s get started with the helpful Spanish words.
1.) Tropezar – to trip Los bebés se tropiezan con frecuencia porque no tienen seguridad en sus movimientos.
Babies trip frequently because they don’t have confidence in their movements.
By the way, “tropezar” also means to “bump into” but in figurative or informal way:
Nunca pensé que me tropezaría con mi ex-novia en el cine.
I never thought that I would bump into my ex-girlfriend in the movies.
2. Amargo/a and Amargado/a
It is a common mistake for English speakers learning Spanish to confuse amargo/a and amargado/a.
Amargo means sour or bitter as in taste:
No quiero comer la fruta porque está muy amarga.
I don’t want to eat the fruit because it is very bitter.
Amargado means bitter as in a bitter person:
Ella es una persona amargada, envidiosa y celosa.
She is a bitter, envious and jealous person.
The third vocabulary word, I will save for later on in this post.
Now I want to talk about an post that a customer sent with a question about Pablo Escobar:
I know that you are in Medellin and that Pablo Escobar is from Medellin. But you hardly ever mention anything about Pablo Escobar in your emails. I was wondering how do the people who you meet in Medellin feel about Pablo Escobar?”
If you don’t know who Pablo Escobar is, he was once a Colombian drug lord. A billionaire who was an elusive cocaine trafficker. In 1989 Forbes magazine listed Pablo Escobar as the 7th richest man in the world with a net worth close to $3 billion.
It is interesting that a customer would email me to ask about Pablo Escobar because I often ask the people here in Medellin what do you they think of him. Those who aren’t old enough to remember him usually tell me that he was a great man who helped the poor. Kind of like a Colombian Robin Hood.
They are usually surprised when I tell them that Pablo Escobar was responsible for planting a bomb on a Colombian flight (Avianca Flight 203) in an attempt to kill a Colombian presidential candidate who wasn’t even on the plane.
110 people were killed, including two Americans, which caused the first Bush Administration to step up CIA efforts to find Pablo Escobar.
With the help of the CIA, Escobar was killed by Colombian National Police in 1993.
Recently, I told a Colombian that Pablo Escobar was a man who hurt Colombia more than he helped Colombia. He looked surprised so I told him “todo el mundo sabe” (every one knows).
He then asked me “according to who? Your U.S. Government?” He then said to me that “Colombia es el títere de Estados Unidos.” (Colombia is the puppet of the United States.) By the way, “títere” (puppet) is our third vocabulary word for today.
Last week, a LSLC customer named Jay sent me an email and mentioned that he was in Medellin visiting and that he would like to meet me in person. We met and took a bus about two hours away from Medellin in order to “pescar” (fish) in a “lago” (lake) in a “pueblito” called Guatapé.
Pablo Escobar once owned a lakeside home in Guatapé. It was one of his many homes. The home was bombed by rival drug traffickers from the Cali cartel many years ago. Although there is a sign that says “Prohibido Entrar” (Entering is prohibited), when I went on the fishing trip with Jay, we asked the Colombian “caballero” (gentleman) who took us on his boat to dock the boat at Escobar’s houses.
Jay and I entered the bombed and dilapidated lakeside house that once belonged to Pablo Escobar. Jay took several pictures and emailed them to me.
I have posted the pics below: