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    Coming to America

    Well I'm already here.

    Been here for the last day, most of it in Las Vegas.

    PROTIP: for anyone traveling long distance on an A380, around row 80 there's a exit row without window seats due to an emergency slide, meaning the outer seats of the row behind it have no seat in front of them. For QANTAS these are seats 80 A and K. Made the 13 hour SYD-LAX flight better than the 3:30 PER-SYD flight.

    So 24 hours in the aircraft and airports and whilst the service here in the states has been impeccable at all levels your airports seem to be run by barely trained, retarded monkeys. That being said I passed LAX immigration in 30 mins but check in for Southwest took 50. No signage meant it took us 20 minutes to find the right terminal. Then there's the TSA, I've always believed you should look presentable for flights but the TSA making me take off my belt and shoes has convinced me to fly in track pants and thongs... Erm, I mean flip flops next time.

    I haven't seen much of Vegas so far as my cunning plan for curing jet lag seems to have been working (40 hours awake followed by 7 beers) and I've spent most of the last 24 sleeping. Just went and hired a car (Ford Focus) and took a quick cruise up the strip (mainly because I missed my turn off). I've found Vegas to be very easy to navigate, having compass points (N, E, S, W) on all street signs is brilliant. Keeping right is no problem but I think American drivers have an allergy to indicators and a penchant for cutting people off. Also pedestrians are complete bastards here.

    Staying at the Hard Rock for my time in Vegas. I like rock/metal so the music they play here suits me. My only problem with the room is that there's no fridge. I'm still trying to get my head around tipping, when to tip and how much, so on and so forth.

    I've got another week in Vegas, then driving from LA to San Francisco before Colombia and Dominican Republic and back to LA before going back to Oz. Going out with the family tonight so I should get a few photos.
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    Starting in the tipping capital of the world..55

    That's cool you're at the Hard Rock. It's a very fun place and more fitting for a millennial. ...

    I can recommend the LOVE show.

    The Beatles LOVE a Cirque du Soleil Show at The Mirage in Las Vegas

    Don't pull up to the casinos in your Ford Focus if you want to get laid...55

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    Left Las Vegas last Sunday and had a ball.
    Lots to see & do

    The fridge thing is easily solved, go to Walmart, get a chillybin from about $15 and a pack of large, zip lock plastic bags. When you get to the hotel just go to the ice machine and fill up a bag or two with ice and it will chill anything you need. Meals in the USA are bloody huge so we try and have breakfast in the room and perhaps a snack and one main meal at night. Handy to have Kornies, milk, bread butter etc. Also good to take on day trips and for your trip back to LA via Frisco. (Go via Death Valley, Lee Vining and Yosemite, the chilly bin will give you well needed cool drinks.

    Great day trip is out to Oatman about an hours drive and onto some of the old route 66, great scenery and cute little town.

    If you want an idea of inexpensive places let me know, it's easy to find the expensive places.

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    Travelled right across the States from Miami to LA in the mid 90's.....man what a great trip.

    7 weeks.

    Got submerged in Vegas for about a week turning night into day.Spent most of my hard earned winnings in the strip clubs but did manage to pay the hotel bill with winnings.Stayed at the old strip tho....Fremont I think it is called? Really enjoyed it.

    My entry at Detroit was far from welcoming tho'.It was Bill Clinton's inaugaration and I was detained for hours answering all sorts of questions.Don't think the Immigration guy liked South African's very much.

    But from there it was all good.

    So had New Year in Miami with a school bud who had driven a 'snowbirds' Cadillac down from Canada.Hired a convertible and did the Keys and Fort Lauderdale.

    Then off to New Orleans....brilliant.Onto Austin Texas,Phoenix Arizona,Long Beach LA, Vegas and finally San Diego.

    Trip of a lifetime.
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    The Penthouse was a good strip club , when I was there a few years ago , open 24 hours .... If you have a head for heights try the rides at the top of the Stratosphere Hotel ...
    'If it floats, flies or fcuks , it's cheaper to rent"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post
    So had New Year in Miami with a school bud who had driven a 'snowbirds' Cadillac down from Canada.Hired a convertible and did the Keys and Fort Lauderdale.

    Trip of a lifetime.
    That sounds like a cool trip. I've always wanted to go see Miami and Florida myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjwx View Post

    I've got another week in Vegas, then driving from LA to San Francisco before Colombia and Dominican Republic and back to LA before going back to Oz. Going out with the family tonight so I should get a few photos.
    Have a good trip. Looking forward to hearing more about Columbia and DR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PadMC View Post
    That sounds like a cool trip. I've always wanted to go see Miami and Florida myself.
    Fantastic.....South Beach Miami for New Year's.....latino gals shaking it on the bar counters.

    The Key's is a great drive with lot's of history where Ernest Hemingway hang out in Key West etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post

    The Key's is a great drive with lot's of history where Ernest Hemingway hang out in Key West etc.
    Yeah... It always looked cool in films and TV shows also, sort of very different to other parts of the States.

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    Well maybe it's the Cuban influence as it is closer to Havana than Miami itself.

    But seriously I really enjoyed all the places I saw with the exception of Long Beach LA.

    The food sucked tho....couldn't wait for a decent steak or breakfast European/Saffer style.
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    ^ I've only been up around the north east myself. New York, Boston, Virginia, Vermont and new Hampshire. I always had a really good time in the states. Such a mad place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post
    Well maybe it's the Cuban influence as it is closer to Havana than Miami itself.

    But seriously I really enjoyed all the places I saw with the exception of Long Beach LA.

    The food sucked tho....couldn't wait for a decent steak or breakfast European/Saffer style.
    i am not a fan of Orange County myself, just seems like one long highway with streets off it

    but a decent steak? in the US? probably the best steaks there are

    but, i think people get used to steaks in their own country and how they are prepared, cultured
    we got steaks in Costa Rica and tasted quite different, but then they are probably more organic down there

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    Still would like to do a similar trip but more North.

    So start at New York and end in San Francisco or Seattle.

    As touched on in another thread the variety is unbelievable.

    Dunno but reckon Thailand would fit into just Florida/Louisiana.

    Continent vs Country don't see how you can compare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc26 View Post
    i am not a fan of Orange County myself, just seems like one long highway with streets off it

    but a decent steak? in the US? probably the best steaks there are

    but, i think people get used to steaks in their own country and how they are prepared, cultured
    we got steaks in Costa Rica and tasted quite different, but then they are probably more organic down there
    Marky mark hang on.

    Argentinian steaks are World famous.

    You're guys beef jerkey even sucked.

    We have something called biltong.....dried meat......just delicious.

    Those breakfasts of yours.....waffles at 9am? You guys have a sweet tooth.

    Just busting your balls buddy.

    Actually loved your country.

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    If you didn't enjoy a good steak in Texas then your tour guide sucked..55

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post
    Marky mark hang on.

    Argentinian steaks are World famous.

    You're guys beef jerkey even sucked.

    We have something called biltong.....dried meat......just delicious.

    Those breakfasts of yours.....waffles at 9am? You guys have a sweet tooth.

    Just busting your balls buddy.

    Actually loved your country.
    what do you eat for breakfast?

    best sort of beef jerky i ever tasted was this squared pork version in KL/Hong Kong
    but it is also a but sugary/sweet

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    @ Dupez

    You are quite correct.

    A taxi driver Sam Bruce took me out but by that time a snow blizzard had come in and I was a bit under the weather as well.

    What a great guy doing wheel spins outside of the Austin monument.

    He came back and picked me up for lunch just coz he liked the accent and thought it might pick him up some girls.

    Can't remember what we ate.....chicken nacho's I think

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    I've only driven across Texas once. Going east from the western most point to the eastern most point. 1,000 miles. Looked like the moon. Best steak I had was in Ozona, TX. Trippy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc26 View Post
    what do you eat for breakfast?

    best sort of beef jerky i ever tasted was this squared pork version in KL/Hong Kong
    but it is also a but sugary/sweet
    Just your standard bacon and eggs,toast with tea/coffee.

    I just couldn't get it right in the States.....huge portions with all sorts of extras not required

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post
    Just your standard bacon and eggs,toast with tea/coffee.

    I just couldn't get it right in the States.....huge portions with all sorts of extras not required
    Funny you couldn't get a good breakfast. It's pretty standard. I assume you were on Route 10. And about extras. The English Breakfast has that roasted tomato and beans. Americans don't do that. In Madrid they give you the normal bacon and eggs with a hamburguesa..55

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