Hi Friends! I just got back from my crazy trip to Las Vegas only to get ready to turn around and hop on another plane and head to St. Thomas later this week. I know, poor me.
This Vegas trip was the first time I had ever visited Vegas and that is shocking to so many people for some reason. I have never had any desire to go to Vegas because of how expensive I heard it was. I’d rather go to a place that has a lot of historical value, a beach, or the mountains.
After my wonderfully long vacation the week before, I took off for Vegas on the 2nd and was asked to stay until the 7th for work. Just driving from the airport to the hotel, Vegas was not what I expected. I guess I expected some glamorous place, but it was sort of brown and boring looking. Granted, I did get in at noon and it is the desert.
We had to work really really long hours while I was there and the first three days we did not have AC in the convention center…….and it was 106 degrees outside. Needless to say, I was walking around with serious swamp ass and we were all SOAKING wet around lunch time. When we made it through the first night, we decided to hit up Fremont St (Old Vegas) and see what sort of people watching mischief we could get into. I actually like Old Vegas. There was a lot to look at and it seemed like a good amount to do. We drove past the Pawn Stars shop and ate at what I thought was a yummy place to eat. It was recommended by a local, which I love.
We made it to the strip the next night and saw maybe a half mile of it. It was sort of douchey. And very crowded. BUT there was that buzz in the air that made it pretty exciting.
We thought about riding the High Roller Observation Wheel, but after working in that heat for 13 hours and not feeling well from lunch, we decided to walk over to the Bellagio and watch the fountains.
Do they do longer shows at different times? The one I saw couldn’t have been more than three minutes. The Bellagio was so BEAUTIFUL though. Every inch of it was absolute luxury. Even the chocolate fountain. If they could just hook that up to pour directly into my mouth, I would be happy!! We ended the night PRETTY early because we had to be into work so very very early the next day.
After another hot and sweaty day, I went to dinner with out client at their hotel and it was so pretty. Their casino was bright, clean, full of people. The people were beautiful. The food was amazing. Clearly I had hotel envy. Our food was hotel food, the casino was dark, smoky, and the local gambled there. It was like a casino in a dark, dingy basement. Yuck!
Another long day under our belt, a few of us hit up Ellis Island for dinner and boy is it good….and cheap. $2 beers, $8 plates. You can’t find that on the strip! Matt was jealous I sent this picture below. He wants to go to Vegas so badly and sit in a Sports Book all day. I have NO idea how to gamble, so I am just lost.
When it was time to leave, I sat and thought about how I felt about Vegas. My conclusion was that I need to visit Vegas on a personal trip. A trip where I have more energy to go out and stay out. A trip where I bring more than $2 to gamble with (which I lost in 30 seconds). I liked it, but I can see why most of my colleagues hated it.
Have you ever been to Vegas? What was your favorite part? What was your least liked part?