“There was a madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning” – Hunter S Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
VEGAS BABY!!!!!!!!!! Oh what a night! Where to even begin, my mind is absolute boggled right now. Okay, so we woke up at 6 to get on the coach in LA at 7:15. Our Contiki tour manager Braden had to talk to the group for the first two hours which was actually really good and helpful. He explained the logistics of our tour, which optional activities we wanted to sign up for in Vegas (all of them!) and explained a few of the cultural differences between Australia and the USA.
Like why is the toilet water so high in the toilets? And why don’t hotels have ceiling lights, only lamps? It is little things like that which make a difference. Anyways after he finished talking we stopped off at this super stop Barstow, California where I got a donut and a coffee from dunkin donuts, the donut was good, the coffee was shit (still yet to find a decent coffee here!) we met a few more people on our tour here. We are slowly meeting everyone. There are 54 people on our tour, so it is difficult.
Following our stop we hopped back on the bus and listened to music and chilled until we got to a spot that was not on the itinerary but Braden and Alex (our bus driver, looks like he could be a son of Ragnar Lothbrok) thought it would be cool to stop at. They were right. It is called Seven Magic Mountains. It is a giant art piece in the middle of the desert. It is made up of 7 towers that are essentially gigantic neon boulders stacked on top of each other. It was pretty cool, but it was also ridiculously hot in the middle of the desert.
Then we ended up making it to Vegas. The strip is massive! So much bigger than I imagined! It is beautiful, even in the day time. We got dropped off at a casino called Harrah’s where we had two hours of free time before we had to go to the hotel to check in. Aimee and I wandered around through the Linq promenade and ended up a Caesars palace which I must say is fucking spectacular. No joke, pretty much all of the casinos here put The Star in Sydney to shame. Caesars is my favourite though and is the one that a lot of people know from ‘The hangover’. We went to H&M inside Caesars which was huge and had its own DJ! Then we went to the food court and bought some ramen each. Big mistake, it was fucking gigantic. We only needed one between us and even that was too much. Also that meal cost us an arm and a leg! On the way back to the bus (we had to walk through like 5 casinos) I saw a fuckin game of thrones pokie machine. So naturally a chucked a dollar in. Lost that bad boy on a single spin, the best part was when I lost it a video is cersei lannister popped up and was like ‘when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die’ so good!!! Something that threw me off about Vegas is that people can smoke and drink anywhere! Inside, outside you name it.
We went to the hotel to check in. We’re staying at a casino called The Golden Nugget on Fremont street. Fremont street has a massive LED screen that stretches for 4 blocks and covers the entire roof! It’s hard to explain but it is magnificent. We checked in, had about an hour and a half to get ready to go out. Aimee bought clothes to wear from H&M but the dickheads forgot to take the security tags off. 5:45 hit and we were on the coach all dressed to impress with the tunes pumping! We rolled to the Vegas sign for a group photo and then we went to dinner inside Caesars Palace at a place called planet Hollywood. This was an included dinner on the tour so the whole group was there. We sat at a tables with about 8 other people and got to know some of them a bit better. Everybody’s stories and backgrounds are so interesting.
Dinner was yummy and I had too many cocktails and was pretty drunk by the time we left. We all stumbled back to the coach and by this point everyone was a few drinks deep. We ,et a few girls that are from Wagga and one is a CSU grad, which was fuckin awesome and led to a few ‘CSU Ourhgt ourhgt’ hahahaha. Then we went on a surprise optional. We drove to a wedding chapel where we all rolled in. Our tour manager told us that we were sitting in on a wedding vow renewal. When we got there fuckin Elvis rolled into the chapel full singing songs and going ape shit Elvis style. It was so good. Then he called forth two people from our tour (a couple on their honeymoon) to renew their vows with hilarious Elvis themed vows. This was a blast.
We coached it back up to Fremont street for the lights and sound show. We ordered a a vodka slushy with some people and drank that whole we watched the show. Fremont street was hectic at night, thousands of people and some dude with a microphone and a huge sign walking around telling everyone that if they keep partying and don’t follow the rule of god and Jesus that we’ll all go to hell. So naturally I told him to go suck a dick hahaha he just preached some shit at me and walked away lol
The next part of our night was included on the tour which was VIP and guest list acces to one of. the hottest nightclubs in Vegas. It was called Hakkasan at the MGM Grand. DJ Zedd was on. All the girls got to go on first and they all got a free drink. We ended up in there for a while for a few drinks and just to check it out.
Then we left the club to meet ups with a friend that I have been talking to for over 10 years online. His name is Gus. He recently moved to Vegas and as I was in town, we made the meeting happen. Gus turned out to be just like he is online, an absolute legend. We smashed a few drinks at the sports bar inside MGM and then went for a stroll down the strip. A few dogs tried to sell us their shit on the street, I ignored them and called one of them a panhandler and man he was pissed. I kept walking but Gus being the nice guy he is spent like 15 minutes calming this guy down who was hell mad. Hahaha I didn’t mean to offend him, but fuck him hey. If the cunt is gonna try and aggressively sell shit on the street and put shit in your hand he pretty much is a panhandler. Eventually we went to the Bellagio and said goodbye to Gus.
We got home at about 3am and hit the hay. We woke up at 8:30 and went and ate a fuckin superb buffet breakfast at the hotel and here I am. Our first night in Vegas was epic and I can’t wait for tonight! I love Vegas!!!