Thursday, September 01, 2011

California - Wisconsin Road Trip -- (We're Back!)

Hello! We're back in Wisconsin!

It turned out that blogging wasn't as easy as I thought it would be during the trip, particularly because we didn't have access to an internet connection throughout most part of it. Sorry! But the good thing is that I have many stories to tell you.

Today is a crazy day to post articles, since we're moving into our new place in Madison tonight, but I can tell you a few things about Las Vegas. Well, we arrived in Vegas on Tuesday at about 1:30 PM and it was really hot. I've never been to a place where the temperature was 105 F, but that matched very well our destination, as we'd be staying at the Luxor Hotel, which is Egyptian themed.

Michael tried to figure out the bus system so we could go to the hotel when we left the bus station, but it was too hot to think clearly, so we simply took a taxi cab. Luxor was nearby, so we still followed our road trip budget. The taxi driver was talking on the phone in Arabic and I had a chance to put my Arabic in practice when we arrived at the hotel. He was surprised and smiled. Michael, who didn't hear what I said in Arabic, thought that the driver was just trying to flirt with me. But Michael is always very polite and didn't say anything.

Luxor, if you haven't heard of it, is a giant pyramid in the middle of Vegas. It is the most impressive hotel I've been to, and the whole Egyptian theme was very exciting. There are statues of Egyptian gods everywhere, the architecture simulates Egypt's as well, and in the rooms you'll find many hieroglyphic symbols everywhere.

The hotel, also, functions as a giant mall. It has many restaurants, stores, casinos, conference rooms and other rooms where certain events and exhibitions are hosted. Strangely, we didn't find clocks, but I guess that might be their strategy to make people lose track of time. I must say I actually decided to try my luck on gambling, though the limit I imposed on myself was $5 USD. I'm proud to say I won 80 cents, however I lost it all in less than a minute. That's my first experience at a casino. Perhaps not my last one, though, since we decided to visit Luxor once a year and make this our tradition.

In general, our trip to Vegas went fine. It was always very busy, unfortunately with many fliers that objectify women, a place where materialism seems to govern, but very fun within reason, if you go with friends and family. We left it the next day and we're definitely planning on returning to visit it.   

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