Straight to Vegas Baby!
Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
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Although it had been so hot during the night I decided not to have a shower. I know it's a bit disgusting but the bathroom in the hostel was covered in police tape saying "caution" and I had a 5 hour bus trip to Las Vegas and I would want a shower after that anyway so I could wait until the en-suite goodness at the hotel!
The only good point about the hostel was the free breakfast and coffee in the morning. Sure it's only toast and jam but it's better than nothing. A lot of hostels offer free breakfast but it's normally at some ridiculous time in the morning so I always miss it! The bus wasn't until 11:25am so I just had to sit around in the hostel watching TV until it was time to lug my bags to the station.
I had heard bad stories about the Greyhound but I had to experience at least one journey for myself. It was a horrific 5 hour mission to Las Vegas. The bus was full of complete social misfits. One guy was completely off his head on something and kept on babbling about something while the rest of the bus consisted of trailer trash accompanied by screaming kids. The kids just kept on screaming ALL the journey for 5 hours and I just wanted to scream at them to shut up! People just wouldn't stop complaining the whole trip and I was so glad when we finally arrived in Vegas and I could escape.
Throughout the journey the temperature had been gradually increasing until it became unbearable on the bus. The air con was useless and the windows were boiling from the heat outside. We had to pull over to the side of the road at one stage to let the bus cool down for 5 minutes.
The temperature in Vegas was boiling! It was nearly 8pm and it was still 99F! I hate to think how hot it would be during the day. We couldn't find a taxi anywhere to take us from the bus station so had to set off on a long 3 mile walk to the casino/hotel. We had booked into the Circus Circus casino on the strip for $5 a night more than the hostel which is miles from nowhere. It was an absolute steal and would have been even cheaper if we had arrived in midweek and not the weekend. The walk was terrible in the heat and I was so relieved when we finally reached the hotel and could relax in the room.
We were on the 28th floor of the west tower. The room was a palace compared with the dorms I have been living in recently. 2 huge queen size beds, en-suite with bath (first I've seen since Hiroshima 10 months ago) and cable TV. Shame the view was facing away from the strip but you can't have everything. Still we got to see the immense size of Las Vegas. Currently the fastest growing town in America and you can certainly tell as the lights stretch as far as the eye can see.
We were both starving so headed to the buffet restaurant downstairs. $11 for all you can eat and it was great! The food in Vegas is some of the best and cheapest in America so you have to make the most of it. When I was in Ayr, Australia everyone was telling me to eat the prime rib steak but I passed as it was too expensive at the weekend.
Feeling stuffed we set off to see the casinos on the strip. The amount of casinos is incredible and they all looked amazing at night. There were people everywhere, including loads of kids which was really surprising, all enjoying the light shows and 1/2 yard cocktails on sale everywhere. We walked the entire 6 miles of the strip right to the end at Mandalay Bay before returning to the hostel via the monorail. It was a long way and we were both knackered and extremely thirsty.
Once back at the hostel, it was a long walk from the Hilton Stop back to Circus Circus, we grabbed a beer and walked around watching the people gambling on the roulette tables. Even though we were holding a beer and just watching the tables we were still ID'd every couple of minutes which became very annoying fast. Decided that when in Vegas you can't not gamble so sat down and very quickly lost $20 on roulette. Decided it was best not to lose any more money and headed to bed before another long day of sightseeing tomorrow.