I’ve Dragged My Husband Through South America – Now What?

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 in front of NYSE buliding

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 and 99 cent pizza

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.
Rockefeller ice skating rink

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.
Times Square New York

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!
Jack and the Late Show with Letterman

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”.
From the top of Empire State Building

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 🙂

Is Jack missing a New York landmark to pose in front of? Let us know in the comment section below.

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22 Replies to “I’ve Dragged My Husband Through South America – Now What?”

  1. I can't wait to show this article to my husband. We are in the beginning stages of planning to go to South America, and I hear comments from him like "But its so HOT there…" I guess compromise is the key to an awesome RTW as a couple! Thanks so much for sharing this, it made me smile 🙂

  2. It's probably a good idea to recharge back home before continuing on. Love to the compromise you guys do to decide where to go next.

  3. Sometimes a return to civilization, however expensive, is a nice change of pace. I generally prefer more exotic locations – but there was something to be said for a week in Vegas or spending some time back here in Sydney.

    Pretty sure the obvious NYC landmark is the Statue of Liberty, but points if he can pose in any of the Seinfeld or HIMYM locales :-p

  4. NYC is my favorite city in the US too so I definitely share Jack's enthusiasm for the big apple. Don't forget the cheap hot dogs! Papaya King or Gray's Papaya are still great bargains.

  5. LOL..the Jack and Jill posters is a perfect idea.
    Grand Central Station is one place you should grab a picture, and you'll probably be connecting through there at some point anyways.
    Also, if you're really hockey fans, Madison Square Garden is a must.

  6. Don't miss Chinatown! There's so much amazing, cheap food there, and the whole neighborhood is a photo landmark. Three favorites:

    Mei Li Wah bakery on Bayard betw. Mott & Elizabeth – the baked roast pork buns are fantastic. The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is also right there and highly recommended.

    Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles on Doyers & Bowery. It's a tiny place and you get to watch the chef pounding the noodle dough through the door to the kitchen. The #2 Hand-Pulled Special w/ knife-cut noodles was my favorite.

    Golden Unicorn on East Broadway by Chatham Square – go on a weekend for dim sum and don't miss the duck sandwiches.

    Hope you enjoy NYC!

  7. How cool is it that you are interpreting your location independent lifestyle in your own way? (Answer: very cool!). So many people envision this life as "place everything you own in a duffel bag and head to a tiki hut in Thailand." Lather, rinse repeat.
    Throwing NYC into the mix is pure genius!

  8. Haha! I think Jack and Simon would get on – they would bond over their love of pizza and internet! Simon insists on having a regular pizza fix even when it's five times more expensive than Thai food here in Chiang Mai!

    I wasn't a huge fan of New York (I much prefer San Francisco) but I do love the pizza there. So quick, cheap and tasty.

  9. Aww, how nice of you to let Jack pick the destination! Judging by the photos, it looks like he's happy with his choice!

    One NYC landmark you're definitely missing is the Statue of Liberty, though!! I don't care how touristy it is, it's kind of the symbol of New York, isn't it? That, and Ellis Island is also really cool to visit.

  10. It looks like you're having a great time in New York. My parents actually do the same thing when they travel, my dad will pick the destination one year, and my mom will pick the destination the next year. It seems like a good way to compromise as a couple.

  11. Oh i loved this… that was me the 1st time I went to NYC… I did all that and then some. I so wanna go back to NYC… and know I will one day!

  12. Whoa. 99 cents?? Where is that place? I lived in the city for 4 years and as I recall $2 was the standard for a plain slice. I 2nd christine about koronet. That slice is 3x the size of your head. Makes for a funny picture 🙂 There's also a really great moroccan restaurant across the street from it, don't know if it's still there, in case you want to get ready for your adventure to come 😉 If you're already missing South America, check out sounds of brazil on houston and varick, used to be a regular for me around 2004-05, but pretty sure it is still going strong. Good djs and live music. If it's a nice day, a walk across the bk bridge followed by a pie at grimaldis = awesome afternoon http://www.grimaldis.com/. Have fun!

  13. I'm missing out on 4G (and 3G and 2G for that matter–I have no phone on this RTW trip and it's been a challenge, for sure!). I love the compromises you two make for each other =)

  14. You want to try a huge piece of pizza–believe me, it's huge!!! go to Koronet Pizza on Broadway around 111th…..also, there are some great street performers at Washington Square Park (tic and tac) as well as great stuff going on in Central Park.

  15. I can think of 2 things you guys might want to take pictures of – The Occupy Wall Street protestors and the Jack and Jill movie posters around town! Enjoy the modern conveniences before you leave this continent!

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