Day 89, Vegas Baby!

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This morning was ANOTHER early one. We were up at around 6am to get ready to leave at 6.45. Fortunately i got my clothes and everything ready last night and so just had to have a wash and leave my bag basically untouched. We all assembled in reception and got a taxi to the downtown Greyhound station.

When we got there we had to line our bags up and then wait around 40minutes until the coach left, so i took that time to call home and speak to Mum, Dad and Ali. Mum is ill....AGAIN! ONly kidding hope you get better soon mommy...

The journey took around 6 hours but we had a couple of stops so it wasnt too bad. I watched Ocean's 11 on my iPod to get me in the Vegas mood. Its weird because i think Brad Pitt is a terrible actor but 3 out of 4 of my ipod movies have him in...Fight club and the Oceans! Anyway....... The journey was over at around 2pm when we arrived in Vegas, and was quite uneventful, excpet for some disgusting smells and some 'lively' Americans along the way.

Las Vegas is fascinating. Its so lively and there is so much to do! We tried to catch a cab to the hostel but you have to order them all here unless you are on the strip, and it was suggested we could walk but that guy kept stressing that we should not talk to anyone at all as its a very rough area! I mean he just kept coming over to us and telling us! Everybody has said it, every taxi driver, as soon as we say Freemont St, they say 'ooh bad area!'

We arrived at the USA Hostel and after a mess up at reception where the guy just couldnt get our reservation right, we moved in and started planning the rest of our day. We got an amazing double cheeseburger from the place next door and then waited absolutely ages for another taxi we booked up took us, along with some German hirl who thought we were Aussies, to the Stratosphere!

That place was awesome. We headed straight upstairs to the thrill rides floor. There are three....The bigshot cataputls you upwards at 4G's and you end up hundreds of feet above Las Vegas, the view is sensational but the ride is scary. The next was called Insanity and involved sitting in seats on a claw which then moved out over the city with nothing underneath you, tilted the seats so you were facing the floor and then spun you round!! The final one was called Xscream and was insane! White and i sat at the front and its a little car which throws you down a little ramp suspended out above nothingness and then drops you so you face the floor! They are seriously scary rides but amazing and we had an unlimited ride ticket so we went on again and again. Check out pictures on google or something to see how scary they are.

After spending ages on the rides we headed back down and gambled a little in the casino before cathing the Deuce bus along the strip. We stopped outside The Mirage and went in to see the white tigers, but they arent out until tomorrow morning. We then decided to catch a free shuttle from Harrah's to Rio to see the Rio carneval show, which was good but not great. When we arrived back at the strip we saw the volcano erupt at The Mirage and then walked down past The Venetian and Treasure Island to get back to the hostel.

When we got out the taxi we went to the 7/11 to get some food and when we came out there were four police cars over and the food mart arresting two people! We're in a top neighbourhood!

We have now told WHitey that Mikay and i have bought him the bus trip to the Grand Canyon as a present. He is short on money and was planning not to see it at all so we eventually decided to go for it and book it for him.

VegasTaxiDriver says:
The USA Hostel is located at Fremont Street and 13th, which is full of crack-whores, drug dealers, strung out druggies, and sleez-bags. This is not to be confused with The Fremont Street Experience which is located between Main Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, which is very safe and secure and constanlty patrolled by bicycle cops.

Cab drivers do not want to pick up at Greyhound or USA Hostel, because the customers are notoriously bad tippers, and Las Vegas cab drivers are all employees of large cab comapnies, and cabbies are taxed on tips whether they make them or not, so carrying non-tipping passengers is a non-profit deal. Also, cab drivers wait in long lines near the Fremont Street Experience so they can get a long ride to the strip, and USA Hostel and Sin City Hostel are both blocks away.

There is probably not a day that goes by without somebody getting arrested at that 7-11.
Posted on: Jan 31, 2007
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