VEGAS YAY YAY YAY

Trip Start Aug 21, 2005
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Trip End Sep 21, 2005


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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Woke up early but through no fault of our own managed to miss our flight to Vegas. To anyone travelling through the States, make a note that United Airlines has a very bizarre concept of customer service, and that if you have to make a flight you need to arrive AT LEAST 2 hours before your flight is due to depart- even if it's domestic. They plonk everyone in this hellishly long queue, and have a minimum of staff to check people through. We arrived for our flight about 1 and a half hours before we were due to fly out, and were still in the queue as our plane left!! Lawrie let the staff know we were about to miss our flight, and they said "Just stay in the queue", shrugged, and walked off! If you do happen to miss your flight, you are given the option of paying $100 to guarentee your seat on the next plane, or just go on Standby and hope for the best. We went on Standby and caught the next plane.
Anyone travelling to Vegas who hates flying (like me) be aware that there is some pretty rough turbulance as you near the Vegas air port- going from the cooler coast to the heat of the desert creates an air buffer zone which had me chomping down Serapax like they were Tic-Tacs.
We went straight to the STARDUST casino, checked in (our room is big, clean, has a fantastic view and is inexpensive :-) ), and then hit the town. The weather is very much like Brisbane in the summer, but without the humidity so don't forget the sunscreen if you come here on holiday.
Started off by walking up to the Wynn casino (bit of a bore on the inside, but the outside looks interesting, even if the lawn IS Astro Turf). From there we walked up to the Venetzia. Everything in Vegas is about being big, flamboyant and tacky but who could think that tacky could look so FABULOUS!! The Venetzia is AMAZING- you can take a gondola ride on the canal which flows through the casino. Vegas is such a visual place- everywhere you look, something is happening.
If you get a bit tired of walking everywhere, you can pay $3 to catch the airconditioned monorail and it stops at every major casino.
We caught the monorail up to MGM GRAND and then walked along the street to a building with a huge Coca-Cola bottle as its' entrance where you can get very cheap tickets for most of the Vegas shows. Bought our tickets for La Cage (most renowned drag show in Vegas and highly recommend anyone to see it- very funny, and the impersonaters were incredible).
Was a great day. Lawrie has already managed to break two poker machines (one in the first five minutes of checking in- must be some kind of record :-) ).
Had lots of fun already, and it's only our first day!!
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