We were up and out early to avoid any other awakward encounters with Stephanie in the apartment so as the rain was off we headed into Manhatten to do some last minute souvenir shopping with Polly and visit some museums.
The Museum of Modern Art was first (MoMA) which despite having some very edgy and somewhat beyond me pieces, I really enjoyed. It was good to spend the morning with Polly as well but it was quickly time to say goodbye. We said goodbye and went our separate ways in 5th Avenue. I think Polly was ready to go home at this stage as she didn't seem emotional or very sad to be heading home.
I had arranged to meet the boys at the American Museum of Natural History in the afternoon and after accidentally getting the express line to Harlem instead of the local line to halfway up Central Park, I made it and met them on the front steps.
We went in a lot later than planned and so we had just under 3 hours to do as much as possible. We all did the planetarium and Mummy exhibition and then ended up splitting up somewhere in the dinosaurs to do all the areas we fancied individually. It was nice to spend some time with Stuart alone but was also happy to be with all the boys as I see them as my friends too.
When the museum was shutting we met outside and Aitken and I got waffles. Some poor navigational decisions were made and we ended up walking along the road that cuts through Central Park rather than into it, so when finally arriving at the other side a much needed break was had. Then we found the Vollyball courts and hung out there for a while. Declan got a crash course from Michael while the rest of us watched.
The boys were just killing time between the museum and their tickets for Top of the Rock. I wanted to give Caroline some space and also didn't want to say goodbye to the boys just yet so I went with them. I left it too late to get tickets unfortunately so spent some time in the Starbucks downstairs (mostly for the wifi). Lisa and Mirza called me on Whatsapp video when they got settled into their hotel having arrived earlier in the day. They are doing a really similar trip to the boys, only about 5 days after and visiting some of Lisa's family on the west coast too.
We arranged to organise a meet up in the next couple of days and it was great to chat to them and kill some time. I was very jealous as the boys stayed on the roof for sunset and got some amazing pictures. Maybe next time!
Finally they came down and it was time to head back to Staten island, where the boys were staying in their Airbnb. Stuart had checked with them all that it was ok for me to stay over so I was excited. As per usual there was poor time planning and ended up getting off the subway 3 mins before the next Staten Island Ferry. Everyone sprinted away but I couldn't keep it up and neither could Stuart. They left us in the terminal. Not impressed.
After a tense ferry ride over (half an hour after the rest of the boys) there was a row or two and everyone seemed to get out what they needed to say. Keogh was lovely to me about the whole thing and when everyone had cooled off we ordered Dominos (this was about midnight!). They didn't deliver but were half a kilometre away so Michael and Aitken volunteered to go. It was a long time before they got back (turns out they made friends with a rapper/weed dealer) due to only one guy working in that particular very small dominos!
After struggling to stay awake long enough to finish the pizzas it was straight to bed, Stuart and I on the sofabed in the living room. It was a really nice apartment and just big enough for the 5 of them. It was great to spend the night with Stuart just once on our holidays.
Here's a terribly lit photo of me with the 'Big Dum Dum' from the Night at the Museum movies.