Ok, so i was just kidding, we didn't take any illegal drugs - it was another Hangover reference - well spotted. What we did over the few nights we were in Vegas were the following:
On the first night we were amazed to find mexican people all littered along the streets in colourful tops handing out leaflets. On inspection they were for strip clubs and you couldn't go 2 metres along the sidewalk without them trying to force them upon you. They did an annoying click with them that made you look, and once you made eye contact they were on you. By the looks of it, many people grab them and then just throw them on the footpath because they are literally everywhere.
If you've seen Ocean's Eleven you'll remember the Bellagio fountains at the end of the movie. They are extremely impressive and have a show every hour. I think they're even better at night when they are lit up with various colours. Just down the road we caught the Treasure Island pirates show. It's pretty cheesy, but attracts a large crowd, probably because they are scantily clad.
Mirage Volcano display. Huge fireballs and faux lava spouts from the volcano, thankfully they don't make it more realistic and pump out noxious gases.
Food doesn't seem to be of a huge importance in Vegas, maybe they only have nice restaurants in the high roller areas. It seems to be all unhealthy fast food joints. You certainly wouldn't want to visit if you were on a diet or of a vegan persuasion. We found a good chinese joint and then decided it was a good idea to go on the New York New York roller-coaster. Probably not the best combination, but it was great fun and you get a good view of the strip from the top of the roller-coaster.
On the way back down the strip we witnessed something puke-worthy, a crazy old drunk lady that was topless was stumbling and yelling incoherently at anyone who would listen. Pretty sad really. Sad for me that is. I don't wanna see gross old floppy baloney tits. There are quite a few weirdos stumbling around Vegas. I guess if you're homeless it's a good place to beg. Speaking of weirdos we sat directly behind Cletus the slack jawed yokel
and his family on the bus that night. I honestly didn't think actual people talked like "No, I ain't like Vegas, nothing for me 'ere, I miss Cindy-Lou, my sister / wife." That might not be a direct quote but it was something similar.
Oh yeah we saw a wedding where an Elvis lookalike was the celebrant. True story. It was at around midnight so I wonder if they got it annulled in the morning?
We strolled through various other mega-hotel/casinos like Paris and the Venetian. They are amazing architectural feats, the indoors of the Venetian features canals and the roof is painted like sky. You really feel like you are actually in Venice. The Venetian incidentally is the largest hotel in the world with 7117 rooms! The MGM Grand down the road is second with 6852, so I guess they'll have to add on a few stories. Although banks had stopped a lot of funding when we visited because of the recession. Some buildings were half finished and waiting for more money to complete construction.
Vegas obviously like to have the world's biggest things because they also hold the title for the world's biggest screen. It
is housed on Fremont Street. Freemont Street used to be the main strip of Vegas and still houses all the original mega casinos. But it is the humongous screen which is above the street that draws the crowds. We watched a couple of the impressive music videos that play on the screen daily. Although it's so huge it's hard to know where to look.
What also amazed me was that Vegas has a population of well over half a million people. From TV shows and the media my perception was that there was the strip and not much else. There are actually huge areas of suburbia, and many of the inhabitants hardly ever visit the lights of the strip.
So from Elvis weddings to giant TVs, from fountains to floppy old boobs, there's never a dull moment in Vegas.
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