Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
179Trip End Oct 31, 2007
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Anyway, after a short walk we were at the edge of the glacier, or as close as the barriers would allow us to go, and it was amazing
After that excitement it was a short drive to Franz Josef, where we checked into a hostel room with the same kind of arrangement as last night - one room in a two-room cottage with its own kitchen. The kitchen and equipment provided were pretty basic, but I still managed to knock up a pretty nice meal. I'm quite proud of myself actually that I've managed to cook what I've wanted even with the shared, student-like kitchen facilities that have been available. Anyway, because it's July 4th, the Blue Ice bar in town was having a party and offering a free shot to anyone stupid enough to brave the by now awful weather (very cold and pouring rain) to get there. We've been quite dull whilst in New Zealand (although we've loved that), staying in the warmth to watch TV most evenings, so we decided to brave the elements and get our free shot. In actual fact, the free shot was the only evidence that tonight was any different from any other, and there wasn't exactly a party atmosphere, but at least we tried. Even the American couple in the other room in our cottage didn't go out, and the party was to celebrate their nation's independence, and they were about 10 years younger than us, so it made us feel that perhaps we're not that old and dull after all. (R)