Friday, November 13, 2009

Vegas Baby!

For the first time in several years, I decided to do something fun for my birthday and visit wonderful Las Vegas, Nevada. The trip ended up being a lot of fun and I'm already ready to head back there (I wonder if this weekend is too soon).

Heather and I arrived at the Treasure island pretty late the first night and attempted to check in to the room we had reserved (a strip view with a King sized bed). Unfortunately, at that hour all they had left was two doubles on a smoking floor. They promised to move me first thing in the morning and upgrade our room for the trouble, but we still had to spend the evening sleeping on pillows that smelled like a bingo hall.

The next morning, we met up with John who had just arrived and had a tasty breakfast at the TI buffet. It was surprisingly awesome, and rivaled my favorite breakfast buffet in Vegas at the Paris. After breakfast, John headed to the airport to pick up Rachel, Montine and the other John who were all arriving together. Heather and I walked to a nearby store for some bottled water and then checked into our new room. It was a corner room with windows on both walls, much nicer than the one we had reserved, as promised. They also offered us some champagne, but we never did have that delivered for some reason.

Later that evening, Andrew's plane got in and we decided to head over to the German restaurant that Andrew and John are a big fan of. We had pretzels, hot dogs and everyone but me had a giant beer or two. I settled for one of my regular drinks in a tall glass (which is not the same as a beer at all, but much tastier). After the German place, we all traveled to the strip to see the Pirate show, and hung out in a little night club there with a patio. There were 2 for 1 drinks, but the drinks were 9 bucks each...which I didn't consider to be the biggest savings in the world. Still had a great view of the show though, and it was more enjoyable from a few feet away.

After the TI, we headed to the Mirage to see the Volcano, the Bellagio for the fountains and finally over to the Caesar's Palace to walk around the shopping area. I took a ton of pictures and will post them on Flickr eventually (which should be linked over to the right side there). After the walking was all done, we headed back to the TI and split up for the evening, with a full Saturday ahead.

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