Six Flags, Las Vegas, Tamarindo/Villareal (Costa Rica) (1)
A full day of maximum roller coaster! It was good fun at the Six Flags Magic Mountains. We did all the maximum thrills (that were open) at least once. But no more food in the parks (Universal in Orlando was probably the worst we had in the US - and we had a lot of s***) so we had dinner at the Red Lobster which was really good and then we were off to Sin City...
What happens in Vegas - stays in Vegas!
Viva Las Vegas
No, Vegas indeed is something else than the rest of the US. Clubs and bars are not shutting at 2am, finally legally drinking on the streets again , the spirit is just different, and even the food is better. Very important!
The suite in the Palazzo was great (the service etc. was, however, disappointing...) and temperature was very moderate and not the expected heat.
Unfortunately early in the morning of the third day in Vegas Beat left us behind and went back to good old Switzerland while we moved to the USA Hostel Las Vegas, which was obviously quite a downgrade but it's just so much more fun in the hostels and there are far better people. It was wild...
At the poker table I didn't play very well anymore (after winning a second 'tournament' in the USA Hostel San Diego), so I made it only to 6th out of about 20. I also lost some money with roulette but the damage is not too big... And all in all I'm still in plus.
We also booked a flight with a little airplane around the Grand Canyon which is indeed spectacular.
The USA - the best country in the world!
How come so many Americans say that but they have never even left their homeland? I tell you it's not. For sure!
(However, I wanna apologize to everyone who supports the American Way - this is not going to be very nice... But it is the way I have seen the US by myself for 3 month now.)
- First the good things: we were very lucky with the weather, the nature (National Parks) is just amazing, we could meet at least three fantastic Americans (thank you Nash, Robert, and Matthew - it has been emotional), people's humor and jokes, the girls -especially in California- are hot! (but usually there is not more about it), delicious rips, 'turn right on red', our good friend Captain Morgan is cheap to buy and so is good quality Vodka, liquor stores and delis that are open till very late, and not to forget the favorable exchange rate.
- However, most bad prejudices and biases have not only be confirmed bud they grew and expended and it's for a fact now:
Scary news on the TV and the lies they tell you in a speed hardly letting you build your own opinion, disgusting commercials, always you spend money for something you don't need you actually are saving money , capitalist democracy, horrible horrible food - really it's pure poison what they feed to there population (no fucking wonder they are all obese), corn sirup in Coca Cola etc., the clorine in the water, those huge tanks they call cars, countless fools, ignorance, everybody hates its job, the support for the troops, and the conditions of some streets, houses, and are like in a third world country. Everything needs to go by procedure, it needs to be complicated, and no one would take care of anything outside its direct responsibility (if even). And don't you dare try to question anything or start a discussion. It's not worth the effort anyway. Good thing, however, that there are always few exceptions.
Still it's a fucking police state and everyone is applauding to it not realizing what price they actually are paying for their 'freedom'. But remember; it's the laaand ooof the freeee... and the very best anyway...
I already wrote too much, however, could go on with this for (p)ages but let me close with a song from 1990 that is in my opinion spot on and hasn't lost any of its truth or actuality in this 20 years: The American Way
And this time I really do want you to listen to the lyrics - or read it: Lyrics
Anyway I'm happy we made the time for this trip and had the chance to see all the good and bad things for ourselves.
Costa Rica - PURA VIDA!
It's time to look ahead now. Juanito a.k.a. John Smith a.k.a. Johann and I arrived tired but happy in San Jose.
Even though Latin America is completely strange and new to me I felt comfortable immediately. People and authorities (already at the airport) are fare more relaxed and friendly, the first meal we had in the first crappy little restaurant - where we were waiting for our transfer bus - was about in the top 5 of the last 3 month and on the way to Tamarindo we stopped in the middle of nowhere at a dirty little place where we could definitely enjoy the best coffee in 3 month. These things really made me look forward. The family I stay with is just fantastic, the weather is unusually good for 'wintertime' - and damn hot! (sorry Switzerland)-, the people at the school are really nice, and I'm even starting to get the language. It definitely helps to know French, on the other hand we keep mixing the Spanish up with French and Italian. But I'm positive that we soon will be able to survive with our skills.
We already made a tour with a boat into the mangroves where we saw an apes family, crocodiles, and fantastic nature. As well we have been surfing twice - big up for beautiful Sofie who borrowed us her board - Thanks! The waves are just perfect for my level of skills which still needs a lot of practice but it's fun. The evenings are rather quiet since it's low season but they made us big hopes for Friday night...
So everything so far so good - I'm doing great
PS: Go STARS!!! We are almost there - make me happy and proud!