1. They're there for you when you can't stop pooping.
Who else would I regale with my long-winded stories about constipation and its BFF diarrhea? Poor Nate has heard and smelled things that would keep you up at night. Instead of rocking back and forth in a cold shower muttering to himself, he offered to go out in the middle of the night to buy me Pepto. He practiced the Spanish words before venturing out and returned with both the medicine and beer. Now that's love.
2. They help you eat everything on your plate.
Guinea pig is Ecuador's national dish. Oh yes, that sweet little rodent pet your neighbor had when you were growing up. They serve it to you whole, and it's a beast to get through. Luckily I had Nate there to suck all the little morsels of meat off the feet.
3. They introduce you to new friends.
In Ipiales, Colombia, we met this majestic llama princess by the side of the road. Nate walked directly up to her handler and said in Spanish, "My wife needs to ride your llama." He paid $3 for me to meet my new best friend in South America. So worth it.
4. They keep you warm.
When your airbnb apartment doesn't have heat, and the temperature drops after sun down, sometimes multiple layers just don't do the trick. Last night Nate boiled a big pot of water on the stove for 20 minutes just to heat up the apartment. Swoon.
5. They're good at math and remembering the exchange rate.
I know it's so sexist and awful, but I hate carrying cash and paying for stuff. It's so nice to have Nate there to ask for the bill and figure out the exchange rate and do responsible money stuff.