What happens in Vegas... goes on the blog!
24.01.2012 - 28.01.2012 10 °C
It's been a while with no updates to the blog; we're running a few weeks behind due to lack of time and internet connections and the fact we've been in the Caribbean. We'll catch up bit by bit; starting with our time in Vegas.
The drive down to Vegas from Death Valley was pretty impressive - after driving through desert for a couple of hours, you descend from up in the mountains to a sea of bright lights and massive casinos. We could literally see our hotel from about 20 miles away as it's the tallest building in Vegas. On approach we cruised along the famous Vegas strip and gawped at the ridiculousness of it all.
Then we spent a fun few days wandering around in awe at the sheer scale of the many replica areas: Venice, Paris, New York, etc, all produced brilliantly.
We enjoyed a few good nights out in Las Vegas, listening to a piano duel, playing some poker, prancing around in an Irish bar and of course seeing a show. We saw a Cirque du Soleil show to see what all the fuss was about and it was pretty good to be fair with lots of acrobats, dancers, etc.
We also continued eating massive amounts of food and enjoying the service culture you see in the States (though lets not forget - you do pay an extra 20% on top of your bill for it and I'm not sure its worth quite that much!). On note of which, Vegas is seriously expensive even without the service charge: we wondered how anyone gets drunk and loses money at £8 for a bottle of beer.
Outside of the strip, we wandered downtown to see what the rest of Vegas was like. Horrible. Very run down, lined with pawn shops, bail bond shops and wedding chapels, a curious combination! Downtown we saw the famous cowboy and a lot of people wandering the streets in a menacing fashion. We thought something was about to kick off when a bare chested white skinhead fell into our path hollering at a group of black teenagers. Having already sensed racial tensions we decided that was a good time to jump in a cab and get out of there!
Indeed, it must be said that much of Vegas's clientele is friendly but less than classy. As an anecdote, I recall a guy sitting in the hot tub talking about how much cash he'd blown the night before gambling and then proceeding to moan that he was worried about his name appearing on his sick daughter's birth certificate in case people came after him looking to pay towards her healthcare. Charming.
On our flight out of Vegas we also saw people get thrown of our AA flight. This was a first for us. A family was sitting in the aisle opposite another guy and they were arguing; no raised voices, sat in their seats with their belts on. A woman sat behind moaned to the air steward that they were arguing, who went to fetch his Queen Bitch supervisor. She just yelled over anything they said and removed them from the flight threatening them with the police. We were sat four rows behind and didn't even know there was a dispute until they got thrown off!