New York City – USA
South America was my idea. For the past 6 months I’d dragged my husband from the tropical heat of northern Colombia, to the high passes of Peruvian mountains, and to the Chilean desert. During those times when you wonder why you’re traveling in the first place (if you’re a traveler, you know what I mean) – we kept each other’s spirits up. Him by offering me massages, and I by telling him that he gets to pick the next destination.
Well, it’s his turn now
So when we made a decision to leave South America earlier than planned and began to wonder where to go next, he said without hesitation – “We’re going to New York.”
I cringed even though I knew that answer was coming. See, while I was dreaming of exotic faraway lands, Jack had been dreaming of an equally exotic place just a little closer to home.
It’s not that I hate New York – I loved it the first time, I loved it the second time, and I had no doubt I’d love it the third time around ! There’s no other city I’ve been to quite like New York. But coming from super cheap South America to super expensive New York would not be easy.
Besides, I knew I’d end up fending off questions such as “Going back home already?”
But fair is fair. And compromise is the name of the game when traveling as a couple, no? So here we are in one of the most exciting cities in the world – and I’m falling in love with this city all over again. Just as I expected.
As for Jack, after having been deprived of his 2 passions in life: cheap pizza and reliable Internet, you can imagine how excited Jack is to be in this city.
For that reason, this post is dedicated to highlight Jack’s adventure up and down the Big Apple.
Getting excited over New York Stock Exchange building.
Yup, I’m married to someone who likes to take pictures of street signs and random financial-related buildings.
Jack living the dream: 99 cents pizza.
Who says that NYC doesn’t have any cheap eats? From falafel over rice, meat on the stick, and heaping plates of Indian curry – all for 3-5 bucks? And not to mention the ubiquitous 99 cents pizza. Eating out in New York is cheaper than where we came from in the Bay Area.
Jack rocking it on the Rock – sort of
Are we too cool to do the ultimate New York cheese activity – ice skating on the Rockefeller Center ice rink? Nope. However, we were disappointed to find out that they only rent out figure skates. A little tidbit you might not know about us: we used to be hockey players. Hockey players don’t do figure skates. Period.
OMG, it’s Times Square
Times Square now has a pedestrianized area with tables and chairs so tourists can sit and stare at the mesmerizing light displays. Wonder if they had problem with gawking tourists being run over by cabs before. Doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen Times Square, it’ll leave you gawking.
Jack brushing elbows with celebrities
Seeing Broadways shows would have been cool, but do you know what’s even cooler? Seeing taping of Jon Steward, Steven Colbert, and David Letterman because they’re FREE!
The Empire State Building – still the tallest in New York
Whoa!! What a view! Blanket of lights as far as they eyes can see. Our New York City Pass (highly recommended) includes the ride up to the observatory and an audio tour. From which we learned that: 1. An airplane hit the building in 1970’s killing 14 people. 2. Only 5 people died during its construction, a far car from the projected “1 death per each floor”.
What does Jack do in between playing tourists in NYC? Geek-ing out on his new 4G unlimited broadband, of course.
He fits in here. Everybody else in NYC seems to have a smart phone that they bust out every single still moment they have: waiting in line for their coffee, on the subway, etc. Every now and then he uses it to locate 99 cents pizza store nearby. I told him he’s wise to stock up on these pizzas and broadband because where we’re going next – they won’t come by as easily 🙂