Ricardo is the newest member of the BTSQ family, having just joined us after graduating from Vermont's Middlebury College. Born in Colombia, Ricardo grew up in White Plains, but now calls Brooklyn's Bushwick home -- he aspires to one day share that space with his future pug named Rasputin. As BTSQ's Operations Coordinator, Ricardo books trips and services for our clients, and generally makes sure things run smoothly; but Ricardo says it best: "think of me as a hospitality ninja who works behind the stage carefully manipulating certain environmental aspects to make sure that guests make unforgettable and life changing memories."
Though extremely well-traveled and a neo-New Yorker, enamored with all the city has to offer (some of Ricardo's hobbies include: craft beer, prosecco, brunch, pizza, eating at new places, mystery novels and being an amateur sleuth, RuPual and drag queens in general; NYC's the perfect place for pretty much all of them!), Florence, Italy, tops Ricardo's list of favorite places.
More about Ricardo
Most Recent Trip: Reykjavik, Iceland in April of 2016.
Favorite Trip Experience: I spent an entire year in Italy, specifically Florence, and every single day was magical! Ciao!
Next trip: haven't booked it yet, but I am dying to go to Thailand! But my next immediate trip will be Boston with my best friends Sarah and Milce.
Dream Destination: probably the beaches in the Maldives to see the "sea of stars" thanks to the bioluminescent phytoplankton.
What you never travel without: I never travel without my dummy wallet. I carry an extra wallet with expired cards and a couple of singles in case of pickpocketing. Where is my real wallet? Well that is a secret!
Top 5 things to do in NYC:
- Walk around the MoMA and enjoy all the new exhibits
- Have brunch (drag or non) at a trendy restaurant
- Read or knit in Central Park
- Watch a (off or on) Broadway show or play
- People watch while having Fro-yo on the steps of the MET
Favorite NYC Neighborhood: East Village
Favorite attraction/landmark/building: the High Line
Favorite Hidden Gem: the Whisper Gallery in Grand Central Terminal
Favorite food/restaurant: Italian cuisine, however, due to an emotional connection I would say my favorite restaurant is Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn.
Best thing to do in NYC on a rainy day: either gallivant through the MoMA looking at all the modern art or look at all the dinosaur fossils and exhibits in the American Museum of Natural History.
Best thing to do in NYC on a snowy day: frolic in the snow-covered Winter Wonderland that is Central Park. Also, get a hot chocolate at Max Brenner's.
Tip for people travelling to NYC for the first time: you will not be able to see everything that you want to on your first visit to NYC. Instead of trying to get as many things as you can, choose 10 or so things that you really want to do and go down the list. Do not rush it and ENJOY what you are doing.
Do not leave New York without...: without eating a slice pizza! For American pizza, NYC has by far the best! If you can, also get some Nuts4Nuts; I am nuts for nuts!
Something people don’t know about NYC: the lion statues in front of the New York Public Library are named Patience and Fortitude.
Favorite Travel Quote: “If travel is searching and home what's been found, I'm not stopping. I'm going hunting.” – Björk