I Feel Like Eating a Mint.

Trip Start May 30, 2005
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Trip End Sep 30, 2006


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Friday, November 11, 2005

I had to get the bus to Queenstown, stay one night and then catch another bus in the morning to get to the Fox Glacier. Again the bus either gave a near continual commentary on the area that we passed through, stopping way too often or just played some very bad music. Come back Burmese pop karaoke videos, all is forgiven!

I arrived in Fox, it's small. It was cloudy, and there wasn't anything to do. Lucky me, I stayed in a hostel with a private cinema! The TV room was amazing. A massive flat screen TV and three rows of cinema chairs, a sofa and numerous bean bags. I had a bit of a cold so I just hid in there for the rest of the evening catching up with films, you really need to do this from time to time.

I did get out and see the glacier the next day. I passed on the forty quid 'all day ice walk' (which would have been great) and instead went on the gratis 'view it from a hill then walk up to the face of the glacier'.

I was amazed at how dirty the glacier looked, it could certainally do with a spring clean. It picks up all manner of rocks, stones and mud on it decent through the valley and the tip of it looked manky black from the hillside that I viewed it from.

I then took a massive walk down and around to get up close to the face of the glacier, you're not allowed to go up and touch it and now I'm not surprised. While I was sitting there I saw several small rocks and boulders fall from the ice smashing into the ground below. It travels at about 1 meter per day so you can imagine how active it is. It also looked a lot cleaner from this angle, in fact the blue light that shone from the face of the ice was amazing, perhaps I should have forked out the money and gone on the glacier walk.

This left me with half an afternoon and evening to spend in Fox township. I hid in the cinema again, I loved it again!

One thing that's changed with me in New Zealand is that as soon as it's dark I start thinking about going to bed, and it gets dard about 9:30pm. I can't help it, if I'm not in bed by 10:30 these days then I can count it as a late night! It must be all the fresh air or something.

I'm heading north again, a couple of last stops to make on the south island before heading to the apparently inferiour North Island, we'll see.
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