Las Vegas - sailing the seas of sleaze
Trip Start Aug 21, 2007
27Trip End Dec 20, 2007
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Having just left Asia after 3 ½ months there the first thing that struck us after touching down on American soil was the shear size of a significant part of the population here. I will never forget the jaw dropping breadth of the first wheelchair I saw at the airport. At the root of this human inflation has to be the abundance of food and the incredible size of food portions at restaurants. And there's "all you can eat" and free fizzy drink refills everywhere. Especially in Las Vegas.
We stayed at a fun hotel and casino called the Stratosphere. A huge telecom tower is part of the hotel: the view from there is stunning. You can appreciate the size of Las Vegas (2 million inhabitants) and see the surrounding desert, hills and distant Lake Mead. This is an artificial reservoir extending behind the majestic Hoover Dam
There are plenty of shows to see in Vegas: magic, dancing, singing (e.g. Tom Jones, Bette Middler) and musicals (Producers, Spamalot, etc.). But you can also see a few freebies like free circus performers at the Circus Circus casino or the Magic Mile shopping center, singing gondoliers and musicians at the Venetian (it's smaller than the Venetian in Macau), lions at MGM, Flamingos at Flamingo and spectacular fountains at Belagio to name those we saw.
At the Belagio fountain we met up with Doug who'd gone to elementary school and church with my sister Ati and I back in West Virginia. He's been teaching in Vegas for 9 years now and was exceptionally good fun to hang around with. Under his expert guidance we checked out the Christmas decorations in various Casinos (best at the Belagio where there's also the world's biggest chocolate fountain!)
It was certainly fun to just people watch. There's little wackz stuff you won't see in Las Vegas. We were spoilt by giant Texas hats and penis-amputatingly large belt buckles: It was national rodeo finals in Vegas. So many a red neck cowboy in town. Yee-haw!