On my free day in New York, I was determined not to waste it wandering around aimlessly like I had for some of the time in Washington and Boston – I think I was so overwhelmed with options that I became paralyzed about making choices. So I had a plan. I got up early and headed straight across town to Tiffany’s. No, I didn’t eat breakfast there, and because I was alone, I didn’t even get a photo of myself outside the windows – next time! I bought a little charm of an apple for my bracelet (the big apple, get it?) and a necklace.
Then I set out on a very important mission in Central Park. Every since I was a kid and saw the movie Balto, I’ve wanted to find the statue. I walked all the over the park, kept going even when it started to rain, got covered in mud, but I found it.
And for any diehard fans of the movie: yes, I did look up at that statue and say, “I would have been lost without you, Balto”. (Nerd)
After that, I went to the Guggenheim, which was good but I wished I had skipped it and spent more time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The place was gigantic, and I didn’t even get to see a quarter of it before closing time. I took photos of literally every single thing I saw, mostly to show Nathan, but my favourite part was seeing the eternal bond between girls and their little white fluffy dogs throughout history.
Before I left, there was one last thing I had to do. And I wish I could say I did it properly, and Nathan is never going to let me live this down, but: when I went to see the Statue of Liberty, I didn’t get off the ferry. It was pouring with rain, the seas were rough, and the queue to get on the return ferry stretched all the way around the island. Hundreds of people getting drenched as they waited. I wasn’t the only one in our group who made this choice though.
After a farewell dinner, our group said goodbye to New York and began our long flights from Newark to Los Angeles to Sydney to Melbourne. My feet swelled up like crazy on the flights and I slept almost all the way home. Getting to Sydney was the hardest. We were literally so close to home, yet there were still so many hours ahead of us of waiting, boarding, flying, collecting baggage and finally driving an hour to get home from the airport. Although I was long overdue for some puppy cuddles and getting to see Nathan face to face, I will miss all three cities. I can’t wait to go back there one day, and show Nathan everything that I saw, and explore together all the places that I missed out on. All in all, it was a great trip!