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What happens in Vegas…

36°10' 12" N 115°8' 23" W Las Vegas

Nov 16, 2014  –  by Maeva

Arriving in Las Vegas after spending the entire day in the desert of Death Valley is quite the contrast. You reach a hill and all of sudden a million lights appear in the horizon – especially at night! Obviously, campgrounds of Las Vegas would only accept actual RV’s, not our home made van house. So we found a very cheap hostel north of Las Vegas Boulevard called Sin City – how fitting. Being night time, we had to jump into fancier clothes and head to the casino! We walked to the Stratosphere, the closest casino. After watching tourists jumping from the top of the tower in a harness, Steph decided it wasn’t appealing enough for him: “it’s too slow! I want to bungee jump!” So we went for a walk around the casino but we were not convinced by the atmosphere and the interior decor.

We walked to the Circus Circus to find a fun setting to spend our very first gambling money! We started at the electronic Black Jack to actually learn how to play. $1 bids and a virtual dealer lady on a big screen- what will it be in 50 years? Being in front of a computer wasn’t ideal so we joined a roulette table! Now this game is pure luck, but it’s quite fun when there is a good crowd. We spent $100 in total, the amount we had authorized ourselves for the night. Once we had lost everything, the people around the table being lots of fun, we added another $20 and ended up winning $100 back! Not bad for some good times in the casino for 3 hours and free drinks – and STRONG ones for that matter (they sure know how to keep people gambling.)

Las Vegas sign
Las Vegas sign
Maeva drinking coffee at the hostel in Las Vegas
Maeva drinking coffee at the hostel in Las Vegas

The following day, we woke up with waffles for breakfast at the hostel, a great place to meet people from around the world on their own little adventure and chat about travel experiences. In the afternoon, we drove to a ghost town – which we will talk about in the next post. As soon as night fell, we were back in Las Vegas to visit the more famous part of the Strip, where the Ocean’s Eleven famous casinos are situated. We parked at the Bellagio to watch the renowned fountain light show in front of the hotel. Splashes of water dancing in synchrony to Elton John’s “My Song” is definitely must-see! We then visited the inside of the Bellagio, the Caesar Palace, the Paris, the New York New York, etc. It wasn’t exactly the same vibe as the night before. In the Bellagio’s of the world it’s fancy outfit, fancy gambling. Bids are made with $100 chips as opposed to the night before’s ridiculous $1 chips.
Being a Friday night, we got to experience the craziness of the street, the rushing of limos around us and girls wearing “bachelorette party” outfits. We explored the many floors of the M&M’s store and ended up designing our own “U.S. by us” blue, red and white M&M’s.

We knew we had to finish the night beautifully and we decided to do so with the one and only New York New York roller coaster. Well it was indeed f***ing insane!!! One of the coolest we’ve done with steep accelerations and squeaky noises that will freak you out. All of that outside with flashes of lights from the casinos and stores of the street.

Paris casino in Las Vegas
Paris casino in Las Vegas
The Bellagio and Caesar Palace
The Bellagio and Caesar Palace
Fountain light show at the Bellagio
Fountain light show at the Bellagio
Fountain light show at the Bellagio 2
Fountain light show at the Bellagio 2
Art piece in the Caesar Palace
Art piece in the Caesar Palace
Inside the Caesar Palace
Inside the Caesar Palace
Outside the New York New York
Outside the New York New York
M&M's store
M&M’s store
Excalibur and the Statue of Liberty
Excalibur and the Statue of Liberty