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Published: September 3rd 2013
After a rainy night in Grand Canyon we decided it was time to return to civilization. One reason for that was of course also that we needed to return our car to San Francisco in two days. On our way between Grand Canyon and SF we had a few places we wanted to visit, but at this stage it felt natural do go as far away from nature as possible, to Las Vegas!
When you go to Vegas it helps if you have a reason to celebrate, and we quickly found one as we booked a room at Excalibur through Hotwire, I had been promoted to manager in my absence! This will of course not affect anything for another year as we are traveling, but definitely counted as a reason to celebrate all night long. 😊
After freshening up after our travels we headed for a restaurant called Roy's serving Hawaiian fusion food. I had the best tuna I've ever tasted as starter, and some really nice cod for main course. After this we headed for the casinos to double our budget for the trip. Or not. After looking around a bit we decided to start with a beer,
and realized drinking in Vegas is not cheap. I remembered an advice my colleague Jarkko had given to another colleague that the cheapest way to drink in Vegas is to find the "horse game" and drink the free drinks you get while gambling, so we went next door to MGM Grand to try our luck with that.
The horse game turned out to be as good way to get drinks in Vegas as Jarkko had said. You played by betting one or many quarters on which two horses would come in first and second in a horse race on a miniature horse track. As you could play as little as one quarter per round, and each round went on for a few minutes, your quarters lasted for quite a while. You also had a quite good chance of winning, so during the time we sat at the game we spent less money than on the two beers we had earlier in the evening. This was including the tip we paid for our free drinks, and we had three gin tonics per person. So definitely an excellent piece of advice!
The next morning we went out to have a
better look at the city. The whole place was built around spending money in one environment crazier than the next. Excalibur where we stayed was built to resemble Camelot (although it looked quite plastic). Next door we had New York, a little further Paris and in the other direction there was a pyramid and a sphinx. There were also stores with everything from jewelry to Coca-Cola merchandize, and a lot of people selling tours and night show tickets. It felt as you would have been able to buy anything with money. We however wanted nothing; instead we set of for a long drive to San Francisco through hours and hours of desert.
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