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(No photos here because I am absolutely STUMPED on how to make photos work on this site anymore. You can see some of my photos on my instagram!)
What a beautiful, desperate, fantastically fake, and entertaining city.
I loved pretty every minute of it.
My only notes: Calm down on the food prices and maybe everyone consider smoking less. Also...weed was just legalized. Bully for you, but you don't have to smoke that skunky street crap anymore. Go to a dispensary and get product that doesn't smell like you're burning bison hair.
I went to Vegas with a group of lady friends. Pepsy, Barb, Mariah, Megan, Terri, and Trisha. I did not know Trisha or Megan very well, but I would certainly go on adventures again with these ladies in a heartbeat! We all had so much fun. It was a break from workplaces, conventions, and the daily routine. We were supposed to be joined by 2 wonderful NYC ladies for this trip, but the snow storm prevented them from joining. We want a redo in September with all ladies.
We'll see....I really want to go, but 2018 has me on board for MORE VACATION TRIPS than conventions and I don't want fuck our budget in the ear.
My hotel was paid for and my airfare was a pocket-busting $11.60 round trip ;) Airline miles are freaking wonderful. All of my money went towards food, alcohol, and 1 souvenir sweater for a show that I didn't get a chance to get tickets for (The Beatles LOVE - got me a Sgt Pepper's sweater <3)
I gambled $5 and put $20 on my Pokemon Go account. Oh, and I went to Madame Tussaud's
I was disappointed in Tussaud's because it was about quarter of the size of its Times Square cousin and not at all as creepy as the one in San Antonio...but their drinks were STRONG <3
We all stayed at the New York New York. What I really liked about this place was the great restaurants and the ridiculously cool facades to make the building and the inside look like New York City. The forced perspective and set dressings were very Disney-esque so you know I dug that shit. They did have a 24 hour OFFICIAL Starbucks BUT their prices were CRIMINAL. I often would walk the extra couple of blocks to a Starbucks that wasn't connected to a hotel for a more sane price range.
Las Vegas had a bunch of 24 hour Starbucks shops. God is REAL.
NY NY had a kitschy cuteness. There was even a Hersey's Chocolate store inside that sold the entire catalog of candy and their respective logos on everything from hoodies to pajama pants to gawdy jewelry. It absolutely REEKED of stale chocolate, but was still pleasant to walk through and argue to myself whether or not I needed a Reese's coffee mug that I could cook 4 cans of soup in.
Despite the high ceilings to accommodate the cool city facades and the loading dock for the roller coaster, the cigarette smoke hung low and heavy and thick as mud. It made hanging out in the hotel not pleasant. So when the ladies went gambling, I went exploring! And THAT was one of the coolest things about our trip! We did a lot of stuff together as a group, but were free to do our own thing! I walked the Strip sooooooo much - really rocking that Pokemon Go lemme tell ya - and exploring the other hotels/casinos/shopping villages larger than my hometown.
The rooms at the NY NY were decent. I'm of the mindset that a hotel room needs to provide the 4 S's - Shower, shit, shave, and stuff (as in a place to store my stuff). The rooms looked like any other hotel room: beds, tv, local deals literature, bathroom, closet, a chair or 2. Our group also had 2 suites that had a really neat jacuzzi tub that we all shared as the week went on. You could faintly smell the cigarette smoke from downstairs, but it wasn't too bad. I'm officially clinically omg-no-joke allergic to that shit, but it never bothered me in the rooms. The hotel has a strict NO SMOKING IN THE ROOMS policy.
We ate at some really neat places. Many of these places, I would not have ever considered but had a great time. Tapas dining is something I'm not too keen on because of the small portions for way too much money, but the dinner checks kept getting snatched up by the Boeing & Xbox employees of the group. *LOL* I can't complain <3 I was able to wrestle the check for dinner one night at the Irish pub and pay for a few cab rides. Most of us were on our own for lunch and I tended to stay out til 2am for late night exploration and snacks.
We got to go to Fremont Street - this is the old Vegas with buzzing neon and that 1950's feel...oh, and the zipline that I want to go on someday. I LOVED Fremont Street. We went to Vic & Anthony's at the Golden Nugget for lunch for some amazing steak. I want to eat that steak everyday. If we go back to Vegas, I want to stay at the Golden Nugget. These older hotels on Fremont were charming and - believe it or not - not as smokey.
On the main strip, I made my way through a bunch of venues -
MGM Grand - smokey gross, shitty layout, and lack of signage to find your way to the monorail
Aria - New and modern, nightclub feel at 1 in the afternoon
Paris - I'm a sucker for city facades
The Venetian - See Paris
The Linq - great shopping and food on the way to the High Roller (never went on the damn thing. Hell no.)
Haraah's - GROSSSSSSSS just...ugh...and I couldn't get anyone to help me find my way out. Harrah's is the resort equivalent of an animated villain trying to convince you to play hooky.
Caesar's Palace - I made it through maybe half of this casino/gigantic mall. Neat theme. Pleasant and WIDE OPEN SPACES for an indoor structure
Treasure Island - Greasy and trying to go back to being family friendly, but I needed a shower after being there. Saving grace - DRAG BRUNCH!
The Mirage - My favorite place in all Vegas because there were trees and plants and signage and the Secret Garden - I also want to stay here someday. It was the quietest and most relaxing place I had experienced in Vegas.
The Bellagio - we had dinner here one night and watched the fountains!
Let me tell you about DRAG BRUNCH
I could go on for pages about how much I loved these Queens. From makeup to hair to costumes to the moves to the personas...all of it had me entranced. Enjoyed every minute of their performance and drag queens will always be on my shortlist of humans who can call me "Bitch"
The Queens were amazing. This was my first drag show and it sure as hell won't be my last! They were fierce, fun, and grateful to the audience after the show. Amazing performers that had me inspired from the moment the music started. Certainly a huge highlight of my trip <3
What I did not like about Drag Brunch was the brunch. This was all hosted at a Senior Frogs - which is like Hooters sans the whimsy....and Hooters has better food. Senior Frogs was covered floor to ceiling with sexiest bullshit joke signs. The food was HORRIBLE. We're talking cruise ship buffet leftovers. The alcohol was strong, but why drink when you can't eat the fucking food?
I think that's about it! I would do Vegas again for sure. Next time, I want to do my research on food prices and any sort of deals I can get AND see a Cirque show (Preferably LOVE because BEATLES and I have the soundtrack to the show). I will bring better shoes, too. Fuck fashion and go with comfort. I would like to go again during the Winter months because 65 -70 degrees is much better than 110 degrees - I mean, dudes... I'm fat and warm all the time. That and having the cooler weather means that I can explore rather than be cooped up in a resort. I'd go stir crazy and start eating the furniture if I couldn't go outside and see other things.I would also buy that really cool Coca-Cola hoodie I saw at the Coca-Cola store...I don't even drink soda anymore, but I loved that hoodie.
I gotta wrap this up. It's time for Dungeons & Dragons <3