28.10.2006 24 °C
From Flagstaff we took the old Route 66 through to Kingman where we stayed one night (nothing going on there on a sunday) and then on to Las Vegas.
We arrived late afternoon at the Stratosphere, our home for the next 5 nights. The place is big. Downstairs is all flashing lights of the slots, every corner is taken up by some sort of gambling opportunity, it's madness!
We ate early dinner and then went down the strip for a walk. It's longer than it looks and it took us about an hour to get down to the Ballagio where we planned to go for birthday (mine) drinks. Unfortunately all the bars in there were closed for private functions so we went across the road for a margherita and to crowd watch. We got a bit more than we bargained for when this massive SUV hit a van, slid across the road straight into a palm tree which crashed down on top of the car. Luckily nobody was hurt, only the tree.
The rest of the week we did what everyone does in Vegas, ate, drank and gambled (I lost all of $5 and Laura won $20!).
Petty values in Vegas terms, we know, but you can't win much when you've nothing to gamble with in the beginging.
We drank in Coyote Ugly and the Big Apple in New York New york. We had a posh birthday meal in Tao in the Venetian (the same night Britney Spears came in but we'd left by then!).
Coyote Ugly night was great. We managed to make friends with a guy from Ohio who bought us drinks for the rest of the night (shame we didn't meet him earlier, we'd already spent about $30). We left the New York New York hotel about 5.00am & managed to get lost in our own hotel lobby trying to find the elevators - no, not cause we were drunk, because it's sooooo big!
Managing to stay up till 5am drinking also gave J9 the perfect opportunity to contact all those loved ones that she thought had forgotten her birthday on the Monday "to discuss"!
We saw all the free hotel displays including the Fountains at the Bellagio (impressive), the earthquake at the Mirage (rubbish) and the pirates show at Treausre Island (pretty good).
We had a blackjack lesson at the Hilton but we were still to scared to actually play with real money.
We ate all you could eat buffets at the Monte Carlo and Stardust and stole as much as we could for breakfast the next day!!
We also did a horse ride in the desert which was a bit rubbish. I think my horse was about 80 as it kept tripping up the whole way.
We rode the roller coaster at the New York New York and the Xtream at the top of the Stratosphere - you are already 800ft up and you sit at the bottom of the tower and get shot up into the air at 70mph and then drop back down again. 3 times. It was good!
To give you idea of the speed of the roller coaster at NY NY - when I got off my hair was straight!!
So that was Vegas.
We went back to LA and dropped the car off which was a bit disappointing!! Then we caught the greyhound back to San Fran and chilled there for a few days. We had a night out where a very dull swiss guy bought us our drinks all night, which is the least he could have done seen as he was so dull.
My god was he dull. I don't think you realise the sacrifices we make for free drinks!
Then we caught our flight here to Miami. This place is full of beautiful people so Laura and I fit right in. It was about 85 degrees yesterday but today it's raining so I am spending a lot of time here in this internet cafe!!
Not only are the people round here beautiful they are dead skinny too. People keep staring at my hips like I'm some sort of freak
So, that's it for the USA for now.
Next stop, Lima, Peru.