The drive to Franz Joseph was beautiful, it included another stop for a walk to Mirror Lake, a lake so still and smooth that the snow topped mountains are perfectly reflected on its surface. It was a stunning place, very still and quiet, there was a 360 degree view of enormous snow capped mountains which was very impressive.
Eventually we pulled up to the tiny town of Franz Joseph, there are only about 2 streets in this place and just one hostel. The bus pulled up and we looked out of the window and to our surprise we saw the people from our old bus waving at us! They had decided that they weren't having as good a time with their new bus and so waited in Franz Joseph to surprise all of us! It was great to all be back together and needless to say we celebrated in the hostel bar that night!
At this bar the barman was looking at me strange and then asked me for ID, i thought this was strange as he hadn't asked anyone else and i don't get asked very often anymore, but i handed it over to him and he smiled and asked where in Leighton Buzzard i was from (he read my address from my ID). I thought he was trying to hit on me so i shot him down in flames and replied that Leighton Buzzard isn't a city it's a tiy town and you're not really from a specific part of it as it's so small. He replied that he used to live there and thought he recognised me! It turns out he worked at Tesco the exact same time that i worked there but in different departments!! Talk about a small world! This isn't the first time something like this has happened but as Franz Joseph is so, so small i couldn't get over this coincidence!
The reason for the stop at Franz Joseph is to see the Franz Joseph Glacier, there are excursions via helicopter up the glacier where you can then take part in an ice climb. Unfortunately the weather was so bad that we couldn't even see the end of the road the hostel was on due to such thick fog. All excursions were cancelled which was a real shame.