Chris Cajoleas came to Medellin about seven years ago like many other travelers do, as a backpacker, and immediately fell in love with the city. Three years later he decided to move from the U.S. to Medellin and opened a small restaurant near Parque Lleras.
While running the restaurant, he heard that there was this game he needed to check out called tejo. He searched everywhere for a court to play on and friends to play it with, but had trouble finding the right place. Two years later he was lucky enough to find the contact information of a place in Envigado. From there, he set up a time to go out and play as much as possible. He loved every minute of it.
For Chris, it was weird being the only “gringo” playing, but he quickly got the hang of it. As time went on, he went out every Saturday morning and played by himself for two hours hoping that when the regulars showed up, they would let him play with them. He waited for eight months before they let him join in on their game and finally after earning his spot, they let him play in the big leagues. After that day, Chris has played with them every Saturday.
About six months later, Chris was asked if he would like to play on the tournament team for Envigado, which he happily accepted. Soon, he will be competing for the state championship of Antioquia. After the tournaments, Chris will be captaining a tejo team for the U.S., which will be competing in November for the international title.
Chris recognizes that he is not the best player out there, but he has a unique viewpoint on the game being one of the only gringos playing at a high level. The crowd even treats him like a fan-favorite and have respect that a foreigner has decided to learn their game, and is actually pretty damn good at it. Regardless of whether he is playing great or terribly, they still cheer him on.
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