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Trip Report Trip Report - First Time in Vegas

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Day 1:

Even though we got back from Vegas on Sunday night (well, technically 2AM Monday morning), I am still exhausted! I flew out Friday morning on a 7:25AM flight -- which allowed me to time travel! With the three hour time difference, by the time I got to Vegas, it was only around 8:15AM. I have never been to Vegas before, so I was amazed at how beautiful the desert is, and how Las Vegas simply appears out of nowhere. You can see the inhabited areas that back up directly to the desert. I don't think I'd want to live with my backyard in the desert, but c'est la vie.

I had heard that there were slot machines in the airport, but it was still funny to see them when I got off the plane. I'm not that big of a gambler, so I just took pictures and Instagrammed it (if you don't instagram it, did it ever really happen?). I followed the signs to ground transportation, and bought a shuttle ticket. For $7.50 the shuttle would take you anywhere on the strip. Of course, I somehow managed to be the last stop, but that way I got to see more of the hotels on the strip. I didn't show up to our hotel, Harrah's, around 9AM. Our friend's girlfriend comped us the room, so we could not beat the price. It was really nice of her to do that, and I thought it was in a great location. It wasn't the nicest of the hotels (clearly places like the Bellagio and Caesar's are classics, and then there are really trendy new ones like Aria's and the Cosmopolitan), but since all we were using it for was sleeping, I didn't mind at all. If I were to go back and had to pay for the room myself, I would pick somewhere with a nice pool. Harrah's had a pool, but it wasn't great. Location and price - couldn't beat - amenities and general niceness, definitely could.

Now, I was meeting up with friends who had flown in the day before, so they had been out all night, so they didn't seem thrilled to death when I woke them up at 9 (I think they maybe slept for about 3-4 hours). I waited for them to wake up, and then we began to explore the strip! We walked for miles and went inside tons of the casinos, gambled a bit in New York, New York - and just had a great time taking it all in. There are some characters, and I could not believe how much money everyone was gambling. I watched person after person run to the ATM to withdraw hundreds if not thousands of dollars -- and these did not look like people who had an extra $5,000 in disposable income. Also, I guess you can just walk around in a bikini or pretty much whatever you want. There are no open container laws, so we grabbed beers from one of the convenience stores as we continued on our stroll. We probably walked until around 4 or so, and then decided to take a nap.

For dinner, we went to American Fish http://www.arialasvegas.com/dining/restaurants/american-fish), in the Aria Hotel. Everyone but the BF and I got the Restaurant Week specials, but we just stuck to the regular entrees (since I really didn't think I need to pay $15 extra for a dessert). I got the bacon wrapped rainbow trout, and the BF got the organic brick chicken breast. I liked the chicken breast better since it came with this delicious truffle mac and cheese. I tried a bite of someone's lobster grilled cheese, and that was soooo good! Food was tasty but expensive, and I don't think it was worth it. We went to several better and cheaper restaurants as the weekend progressed, so I just can't recommend a $42 trout meal that was just so-so. I'm glad I stuck to beer since beers ranged from $6.25 for a PBR (but it came in the can with a coozie!!) to probably around $10ish. But, glasses of wine started around $16, so that added up quickly. Regardless, neat atmosphere, decent food, and great ambiance.

After dinner, we headed to the X Burlesque show that we had previously purchased tickets for. We purchased our tickets through those discount ticket shop that dots the strip. Our tickets cost $42, and we picked them up at will-call. However, people purchasing tickets at the event had to pay $107 - definitely not worth it. I was intrigued by the concept of burlesque, and it was just high end stripping. Of course, being a completely insane individual, I spent the entire time wondering about the dancers, their dreams/aspirations, if they were happy with the career, how they felt, etc. Everyone else just watched the show like a normal person without psychoanalyzing everyone and liked it.

We stopped at a few bars afterwards (can't even remember which) and probably crashed around 2AM ... at this point, I'd been up pretty much 24 straight hours, so I was exhausted...

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