Why New York, Ben Wagenberg?

Did you enjoy getting to know Jeremy Wilcox and Jared Goldstein? I enjoyed reading their answers to my questions. Both awesome guides, Natives New Yorkers. Don’t worry – there’s several non-natives New Yorker guides coming up. Like myself. The next featured guide will be Ben Wagenberg. Ben and I are former collegaues and when I…

Why New York, Jared Goldstein?

Did you enjoy getting to know Jeremy Wilcox a little bit? I hope you did. The next person and talented tour guide I’ll focus on in this series of asking professional, licensed tour guides  the question: Why New York? will be Jared Goldstein! I have not personally experienced one of his tours, but he is…

Why New York, Jeremy Wilcox?

A couple of days ago I asked my network of licensed NYC tour guides to answer a couple of questions about their relationship to New York City. The questions are not neccesarily indepth but I am hoping it’ll throw a little light over the personalities behind the title of “NYC Tour Guide”. I am all…

Bonbon – A Swedish Candy Co.

“Do you have salt licorice?” – I asked with hesitance after being welcomed into the not-yet opened candy store on 130 Allen Street in Lower East Side. I had been invited inside by the two gents, Selim and Robert when I passed by and stopped for a second as I saw the words Swedish candy…

Freestyle Pass New York

**This blogpost contains affiliate links. We will receive a small percentage of sales in commission which we are thankful for! One way of saving money on attractions while traveling in the USA is to buy a ‘pass’ or ‘card’. There’s multiple options which we’ll cover over the…

12 years ago…

The Danish Tour Guide 2006
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Yesterday was my 12 year anniversary. I “celebrated” by going to Souplantation with my family, in Las Vegas where I live now.

September 26, 2006 I traveled to the USA for the first time. I went to New York City. Even though I didn’t expect the trip to be more than just a trip across the Atlantic it totally changed my life.

In what way?

I fell in love. I’ve tried to explain to people over the years how it felt. How come I knew “it was just right” after only visiting for a week … nevertheless that’s what it was. I was in love with New York City!

During those twelve years I traveled back and forth to the city as a tourists thirteen times. I spent 4.5 months in an internship with Manhattan Walking Tour, as a part of my education in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Copenhagen Hospitality College in Denmark. Before I graduated from that program I had already applied to City University of New York – City Tech in Brooklyn and was accepted. July 1, 2011 I officially traveled across the Atlantic for the last time as a ‘visitor’ and I found a nice little studio apartment in Forest Hills, NY. That’s a wonderful, family-oriented neighborhood in Queens. It has everything you need, it’s cozy and quiet and safe. And just 25-30 minute train ride with the subway to Midtown Manhattan.

I lived in Forest Hills for just about seven years (and six months in Elmhurst, NY) before leaving the City behind and settling in Las Vegas. Motivated by a desire to expand the business and create a different lifestyle for my son and myself.

It doesn’t change the fact that New York City is my home and probably will feel that way for a very long time. That’s also a part of the reason I continue building and caring for the business I’ve built over the years while living in NY. It allows me to travel back once in a while and help tourists “get under the skin” of the City. It’s a motivating job and I appreciate being able to do it still!

Here’s a snippet of a post I wrote after my first vacation as a tourist in New York, in 2006. Hope you enjoy – and I’m looking forward to showing you why I loved NYC so much:

“September 26, 2006.

It was an early morning, didn’t sleep all night. My bags were almost packed and all I had to do was get as much coffee down without puking – I was a nervous wreck.

NYC: Roosevelt Island Tramway & What to do on Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island Tramway – The Danish Tour Guide

(Post first published in Danish, on Posts may contain affiliate links. If you use them, please do, and a small commission will be sent our way) Roosevelt Island Tramway is one of those “almost free” experiences in New York City! It only cost a ‘swipe’ with your Metrocard so if you have an unlimited…