It's not all doom and gloom though! They accidentally put me on Economy Plus on my flight, meaning an 5 extra inches of legroom. This, translated, means actual legroom!
It has been a hectic two week period, and it al goes a little something like this:
THE LAS VEGAS EXPERIENCE
Let's not beat around the bush, Vegas is ridiculous! Not even ten steps from the plane, and your confronted with slot machines. They also exist in local convenience store, post offices and are even embedded in the bars at pubs!
To start off with, my flight into Vegas was....whats the word....ah yes....charming! Had three Japanese businessmen seated behind me, methodically and regularly hoicking up phlegm and spitting into their vomit bags...for the ENTIRE flight! The volume on my iPod was not powerful enough to provide solace from these awesome audio effects these "gentlemen" were making!
Then came my hostel. Located in an area that was described to me as "the dodgy part". I walked past some blokes with big knives sticking out of their pockets, which confirmed the "dodgy" comment. Waking up to an early morning drug deal outside your window was quite routine really. No, really.
The main strip of Vegas is pretty crazy. We hit up this massive club called Tryst (apparently all the celebrities go there). It took us almost two hours to get in, mainly because most of us were not supermodels, or you know...female! Entry was at a backpacker friendy $30 ($20 for the girls!), and beers at the happy hour price of $10 each! It was a massive club though, for a start there was a 30 metre waterfall inside, flowing into an indoor lagoon.
The Vegas trip is a lot more spread out than Hollywood depicts, which meant there was a lot more walking than I recall when I watched Honey I Blew Up The Bid (a Rick Moranis classic)! Vegas is also super efficient for those with bucket lists, I can now cross off the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel tower, Vegas has it all!
Once again, USA homelessness rears its head, in the form of beggars! They use a different strategy here though...they try sell you weed or crack! I guess a city where loose change goes straight into a machine, they have to use a different strategy...plus there is plenty of light in Vegas for them to be hortacultural!
THE NEW ORLEANS EXPERIENCE
New Orleans is a cracker of a city...and along with Mexico City, my favourite so far. Its mainly an African-American population, so the culture differs a lot from the other cities. People are pretty friendly really, and are proud of their city, so a lot of them have never left, even after the Hurricane Katrina warped the city a few years ago.
The main part of the city is the French Quarter, which encapsulates the infamous Bourbon street! It proved a pretty lively place, heaps of live music, some in the bars, most simply in the street. You can just go buy a $2 bucket of beer from a vendor and walk in and out of whatever pub you like, and they close the street to cars each night, so its like one massive beer garden...thats my kind of system! Lots of the bars have 3 for 1 deals to get you to buy their beers, so at 3 beers for $5,I that truly is some mathematics I can get interested in!
On a downside though, there was still a lot of evidence from Hurricane Katrina's visit. I saw whole suburbs that were just ghost towns, the houses within warped and torn apart. Think Broadmeadows, and multiply by.........actually just think Broadmeadows!
All in all, a good fun city though, with an awesome nightlife and some ripper Alligators out in the swaps!
Oh goody, my clothes just arrived from Chicago, shower time.