updated 04/02/2010 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/02/2010 AT 12:40 PM ET
Susan Sarandon and her ping-pong club partner Jonathan Bricklin have dodged questions about whether they’re dating. But the pair are apparently friendly enough to travel together.
Sarandon, 63, and Bricklin, 31, were photographed riding a train to Machu Picchu in Peru Thursday, where the actress is scheduled to attend the reopening of the Inca citadel. Torrential rains shut down the historic ruins, popular among tourists and hikers, for two months.
Sarandon and Bricklin, who are co-investors in SPiN, the New York City ping-pong bar, have denied rumors that they’re an item. Sarandon split from her longtime partner Tim Robbins in December and tells Entertainment Weekly that while she loves “the idea of being in love” she doesn’t know what’s in store “in terms of romance and partners.”
Shedding some light on what is going on between them, Bricklin tells the New York Observer about Sarandon: “She’s amazing and I’m so lucky to be her business partner. We have a great relationship. I’ve gone on trips with her to meet with ping-pong players, and she has been extremely generous with her time. She’s one of my closest friends now. But as far as a romantic relationship, we are not having one. I’m flattered people think that we might be.”