Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
24Trip End Dec 27, 2009
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People We Met:
The people who work in Vegas are an interesting bunch, very multicultural. Somehow we actually ended up at an art gallery owned by this famous Australian photographer. It was fun destroying all the myths the staff had long held (and the owner perpetuated!) NO! We do not drink Fosters or eat "Shrimp"!
The Guy who owned the cigar store was also pretty awesome. We got the crash course in fine smoking. We should have taken his advice and bought the fine Dominican cigars rather than the cheap Churchill imitations we ended up with.
Our first flight to the Grand Canyon was cancelled after the pilot said he felt the plane was making a funny noise. 20 minutes later they permanently grounded our flight. We had to reschedule everything! We managed to get a later flight that day but it was in a plane barely big enough for 6 people. Every minor gust of wind sent the plane hurtling. After this experience I doubt we will ever get nervous on a big aircraft again.
Walking around Vegas at 2am was interesting. It was so totally what you'd expect while being totally not at the same time. The lights, the shows and the people are all there but at the same time it's not Sin City. There is no hookers. Lots of flyers for call girls but no actual hookers (Whereas places like Ohau had tonnes!). Familes push stollers down the strip without care or fear at all times of day and night. Children wander the casino floors seemingly at all times (even though its signed that they can only do so until 10...only hey?). No one once asked for my ID anywhere and I'm barely over 21. There is no dress code, I wore nothing but thongs to even the 6 star Plazzo. The security pressence is very small, although you know they have a million cameras around the actual staff presence is almost non-existant
Things we did:
We gambled. I played Bingo (thanks Umma for all the lessons!) mostly. Jon whored himself out to the Pokies and Black Jack. I doubt either of us won anything in totality but I doubt we lost all that much either.
Our hotel/casino was awesome. It had everything from dollar bowling to movies, arcades, a liquor store and a bingo parlour. When we wern't at the strip we were doing one of the above activities.
The Grand Canyon was great. It's a very humbling place. It's obviously huge however there are no safety railings anywhere at the last stop. You can literally fall in at any point. It's difficult to sit at the edge without getting some sort of mild vertigo with that in mind. The skywalk was lame for the same reason, sure it's a fair way down but you don't feel much because of all the railings and safety glass. Definitely not worth 30 dollars when the real thing is free and so much more thrilling
The hotel sections of the 5 and 5+ star casinos are all ultra impressive. The Bellagio, Venetian, MGM, Wynn and Mandalay were all super impressive. The Wynn was probably the nicest overall. Hooters casino was actually the most fun (no! not for that reason!). The atmosphere there was awesome not ultra serious like the giant casinos.
The story of the Vegas Buffet is also somewhat truth and lies. Truth: It is as big as you imagine, maybe even bigger. Lies: It's not that cheap. With the exception of our hotel and its 9.99/11.99 lunch/dinner buffet all the other buffets were over 20 dollars. That does not include tax or tip!
All the casinos are seemingly owned by 2 companies. It's no wonder all the casinos are so similar in casino design (not Hotel design just the gaming floors). Just false competition to make you think you're not giving your money back to the same Casino which took it all the day before. We weren't fooled! We just spent it all at the same Casino.