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Oops, we did it again!

Instead of staying in South America and traveling up through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, we have changed our plans dramatically and are headed to New York instead.

This isn’t the first time that we completely broke our travel plans. Back in March 2011 we were traveling through Central America with plans to continue on to South America, and ended up flying to Germany from Panama for a housesit in the Bavarian Alps. That changed our plans entirely, and we spent the spring traveling through Europe (including our first ever cruise), then housesat in Canada before heading out on our mega New York City to New Orleans road trip. From there we went on to South East Asia and back again. In fact, it took us one and a half years after that to finally make it to South America, and here we are, leaving again, even though we have only been through Chile, Argentina and Uruguay so far.

South America part one

So, why are we leaving so soon?

One reason to take this break is that we are just plain tired. Since leaving our housesit in Santiago, we have traveled non-stop for three months. Our travels through Chile happened mostly in February, which is the highest of high seasons. Not only were hostels and hotels super expensive, they were often booked weeks in advance, leaving us with overpriced, subpar accommodation choices and no place to rest for more than a few days. As we continued through Argentina’s Lake District to Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego, we were faced with a second challenge – terribly slow internet connections. These are not the best conditions if you run a business online, and as such we have also been working in these subpar situations.

We also need the sleep.

We moved too fast – we slept in 31 beds plus six night buses over the last 90 days. This makes an average of three days in each place we visited.

Overstimulation happens

We are thankful every day that our lives can have so much action that fitting in time to work is a challenge, but we have so much to do, we need the break.

Honestly, these three South American countries are more incredible than we ever imagined, but there are only so many amazing sights you can take in before you can no longer process the experiences.

In the last 90 days, we have toured glaciers, climbed mountains, stopped off in sleepy beach towns, visited bustling cities, explored indigenous villages, seen some of the biggest waterfalls of the world, cycled through vineyards, rented a car to road-trip through some of Argentina’s most beautiful scenery in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, played on the breathtaking salt flats and hiked, drove and climbed through the world’s driest desert in Northern Chile. We saw exotic animals, some we had never even heard of before, on a daily basis like guanacos, llamas, alpacas and vicuñas and emus, plus more foxes, horses, goats and more loving stray dogs begging us for a home than we could handle.South America 2013

Becoming locals in New York

We were actually thinking about taking a break in Bolivia and renting an apartment in Sucre for a while when an unexpected housesitting enquiry landed right in our inbox earlier this month, asking if we would be able to care for a cat and a condo for six to eight weeks in NYC this summer.

It took all of a day to decide to accept the offer. Living in New York City has always been a dream, and to live rent-free in New York was more than we could have hoped for. We have been to the Big Apple twice as tourists, for short stints filled with sightseeing and soaking up as much as possible in a few days. Now it’s time to find farmer’s markets and cute coffee shops, explore new neighborhoods and understand New York life in a very real way.

To be honest, the two of us nomads are craving routine, too. We want healthy food and to be able to work out on a regular basis. Meals in the past few months have consisted of toast or super duper processed white rolls with jam and dulce de leche for breakfast and empanadas for lunch and or dinner. We want real yogurt and fruit, cereal with leading ingredients other than sugar, and more veggies in a salad than tomato, lettuce, carrots and, if we’re lucky, beets. Then there is the luxury of having our own toilet to sit on without worrying about it, and that of having a consistently hot shower any time day or night.

New York City

Controlling our destiny (return flights)

This time around, we were determined not to let 1.5 years pass without returning to South America, so we booked return tickets from Santiago, returning in mid-October with plans to resume our path up through Bolivia at that time.

What does this mean for the blog?

The break is actually also good for, since we haven’t even had time to tell you about our adventures in Patagonia, or northern Argentina, or about how we hitchhiked to the End of the World or how we (almost) got robbed in Uruguay – twice! There are tons of exciting stories to tell, but we need the break to catch up on putting posts together about all of them.

Although we tend to write chronologically, we will most likely be sprinkling in tales from New York, too. Then again, you don’t have to wait to read these stories…you could hang out with us instead!

South America 2013

Come celebrate with us!

We are starting our time in New York with a bang – our third travelversary is next Tuesday, April 30and if you are in New York, we would love to meet you – so get in touch to join our (little) party!

Tips, please

For those of you who know New York well, we would love your recommendations for restaurants, bars, art galleries, off-the-beaten-path attractions and other things we might not know about but should – especially in Brooklyn and outside of Manhattan.

Please share any tips with us in the comments below!

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  1. I just left New York! I would have loved to meet up… Hopefully next time 🙂

    As for tips:
    -Queens is especially multicultural. i love the variety. A few pictures:
    -The best pretzels are on Staten Island.
    -The Museum of Sex is well worth the ticket price (although they’re very media-friendly, so you might be able to score free press passes!). I wrote about the museum here, if you’re interested:
    -Good Fellas makes great, authentic NY-style cheesecake.
    -The burlesque scene in New York is excellent! There are frequent shows in Manhattan and Coney Island, plus classes in Greenwich Village.

    Have an amazing time in the Big Apple! xo
    Rebecca Esther recently posted..How To Get the Most Out of a Conference

    1. Rebecca – Yes, hopefully next time! Thanks so much for the recommendations – added them all to our list! Excited for the cheesecake 😉

  2. Funny, those are the 3 countries I made it to as well! Even though your last delay meant arriving in Buenos Aires after I moved away, I think your flexibility is great. And you guys DO need a break. NYC is a dream! I’ve only been once but I adore it. Perhaps we can finally meet in person! I won’t be able to make it by the 30th, but I’d love to come crash with you guys for a weekend or something! What are frequent flier miles for but to be spent?!
    Rease recently posted..Old San Juan in Photos

    1. So excited to meet you two, too! It still feels like it’s a dream, I can’t believe we’re living in New York! Definitely a dream come true 🙂

  3. Hola amigas
    New York City? Are ya’ll crazy? Sounds like culture shock to me. Your trip thru South America looked great,and th photos of th waterfall were amazing. Denise and I spent a month off the grid in Bocas Del Toro where I pcked up a parasite that requires 21 injections to cure. Not fun. Then a month on Lake Arenal enjoing the cool breezes. We have two weeks off and Denise has gone back to Texas to see family and hit the outlet malls. Then we are back to Playa Palades to take care of Deisel. Thanks for the intro.Life is an adventure, live it daily. Please Fed Ex me a street dog. LOL Steven

    1. Hi guys, so great to hear from you!! We have been wondering about you, you had dropped off the face of the earth, it seemed! Yay for the Diesel – sitting gig, she’s such a cute and loveable dog, and you will have an amazing time with the howler monkeys 🙂 Give her a big hug from us and say hi to the K’s from us! We just needed a break after 10 months in Latin America but we’ll be back in October. NYC is definitely culture shock, but in a good way.

  4. Super exciting! I see why you couldn’t turn down the offer of living in New York, but I’m glad you’re still planning to come back to South America later. We’ll be sure to load you up with suggestions from the northern part of this continent!
    Sam recently posted..100 Days of Travel

    1. Yes, I hope you’ll keep track of all the great hostels and places to eat you come across 😉 It’s always been a dream of mine to live in New York, so it was definitely an un-turn-down-able offer 🙂 And it brings me to Germany about three months sooner than expected, where I can greet my brand new niece 🙂

  5. I can totally relate to the burnout. I too actually look forward to housesits and other opportunities to stay in the same place for a while, because I just can’t handle fast travel any more. As much as I love seeing new places, it’s nice to feel as though you have a domestic life sometimes too.
    New York is such an awesome city – I’m jealous you get to stay there for so long! Enjoy 🙂
    Julia recently posted..Margaritas and Meltdowns on Isla Holbox

    1. Julia – I think it happens to all long-term travelers at some point.. we just have to find a better balance of travel and work, I guess. We find fast travel so tiring – I haven’t even looked at most of the photos of the past three months yet!

    1. We have a ton of hot tips for sure, Andrea! And we’ll still be here at the end of May – if you’d like to meet up, let us know 🙂

        1. Hi Andrea, that’s awesome! Yes, we’re still around for another month – what are your plans for while you’re here? Let’s make plans! Looking forward to meeting you 🙂

  6. Hi.
    I just found your blog and would love to meet you both. My wife and I live in Manhattan with our 3.5 year old twin boys. We will be departing this October 2013 for a year of family travel in SEA.
    Hope we can make a plan to meet! I’m quite close to Brooklyn (east side Manhattan).


    1. Hi Darcy, thanks so much for getting in touch! We’d love to meet you before we leave New York! Let’s make plans soon – we’re leaving on 17 June. Looking forward to meeting you 🙂

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