When I got home, I read an email from my friend Amy and was informed by John that the drug wars have reached Cancun. Really? I can not believe it! I thought we were perfectly fine in the Yucatan. I've been going on and on about how the problem is isolated along the border states and there is no way it will reach the Yucatan. It's such a nice place, the high ways are safe, yada yada yada.
It turns out 8 people were killed by a Molotov cocktail by the Zetas drug cartel. Normally, I wouldn't let something like this hold me back from a trip as it could be an isolated incident. But 28,000 people have died and growing up in Arizona, you learn that the Mexican drug cartels are not to be messed with. I'm going to follow the news closely as I plan our trip and make an educated decision on whether to book a trip based upon whether or not the violence has increased. Maybe Cuba instead.......or Belize.....or anywhere really.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
South Lake Tahoe: May 28-20, 2010
"I need a drink" was the first word out of my mouth when we finally pulled up to Harrah's Lake Tahoe http://www.harrahslaketahoe.com/ in South Lake Tahoe, NV. I had never really been to the gaming side of Tahoe and was eager to see how this place lined up with Reno, Foxwoods and Vegas. We had pricelined (http://www.priceline.com/) the room and got a banging deal for $100 a night. We were excited as it was advertised as a 4 star, the biggest casino in Tahoe and had the best reviews. The rooms were clearly 3 star and the bathroom maybe a 2 star, pushing it. The TV in the bathroom was from the 80's and deserved to be in a museum. Priceline had lied to us (not the first time). I've since tried to write a review for Harrah's on priceline and the hotel and its sister hotel Harvey's Lake Tahoe have been removed from their site. I am assuming they received enough complaints or their contract ran out. Besides the bathroom, the other downside was the sad sad pool. The pool was advertised as this beautiful enclosed sanctuary but it was really depressing and smelled like the YMCA back in Scranton, PA. I was not looking forward to contracting Cholera from the luke warm stagnant water, so we skipped it. Overall, Harrah's isn't a bad hotel. Its a 3 star casino in a small gambling town. You should expect a little Reno 911 mixed in with some minor Vegas highlights (free cocktails if you gamble). Remember its not the Ritz although it claims to be, the gambling is great and the people watching even better!
Posted by Alice at 4:05 PM