My Las Vegas experience
My loyal readers who read about me will know I have never smoked a cigarette nor marihuana in my life. You will also know I quit drinking alcohol back in 2009. But I guess many people still think I party hard, just because of the name of my blog.
But you know what? Not everything is like it looks like.
Because I am not even a party goer any more.
So are you wondering now what I did in Las Vegas for 10 days?
The truth is that it was always on my bucket list. I wanted to see the craziness of Vegas everyone talks about.
From the initial 4 days I extended my stay to 10 so I could see as much as possible, and also catch up with both work and sleep.
And after visiting Salt Lake City, the City of Morals, I landed to Sin City Las Vegas.
I was staying just 10 minutes walking from the famous crazy Strip – the Boulevard so I could chill out by the pool with no drunk people and spend time in a hot tub at colder nights.
The first 2 days I did not even make it to the Strip. I was watching the hotels from the window and needed to prepare myself mentally for a shock at the Strip.
I am used to travel on my own but visiting Las Vegas alone did feel weird. If the reason of your visit is not to get wasted with some random people doing weird things, then Vegas is maybe not for you. At least that’s what I thought in the beginning. I felt lonely, home-sick and friend-sick my first days.
But then I met Elijah, a guy who was staying in Vegas for a few days for work, and he took me out for a sushi lunch showing me around the South of the Strip.
Entering all the hotels on the Strip means one thing – in 99% of the time, you enter a casino.
Casinos in Las Vegas are were the main business of the tourism happens and when all the rich, and also the poor, lose their money hoping for big winnings.
First with Elijah and then with a bunch of French people living in Montreal we walked through a few casinos too, from the MGM hotel, to Aria, the Cosmopolitan or the Bellagio.
Personally, I don’t gamble for 2 reasons: 1st I have no luck in all these things (I must be the exception to the rule Unlucky in cards, lucky in love because it turns out I am just unlucky in both for some reason!) and 2nd, I don’t really know how to play all those games. Already in Vegas I realized that it might be a good idea practising the games online first.
I found it surprising you could take photos in all the casinos with no problems. I remember when I tried to get into the casino in Singapore in the Marina Bay, they didn’t even let me enter as I had a camera with me.
I learned one thing – all the Vegas casinos are so similar, yet so different. Many of them have red carpets as red colour is supposed to make you forget about the time. For the same reason, you won’t find a clock in the casinos. You will find hot girls with boobs out serving you drinks though (usually you get free drinks when you gamble). Also free toilets are in each casino which makes it easier to stroll along the Strip or even Downtown Vegas with no OMG-where-can-I-find-a-bathroom-now moments.
Even though I didn’t gamble in Vegas, walking through the casinos was fascinating to me. It was my first time in Vegas and it felt like being in a movie when seeing people gambling 24/7. They even gamble early morning when I could hardly wake up to get my breakfast. I always saw many people smoking a cigarette/cigar, having a cup of coffee and trying to win something just to make the sleepless night wort it.
The funniest memory of all the casinos was watching the 4 French guys from my hotel winning just a few bucks in the Bellagio casino. One of them was screaming of happiness until everyone started looking around. But he only won $2.46 after gambling a dollar. Still better than nothing, right? :)
I visited a few more casinos during my Vegas stay. The Days Inn at Wild Wild West Gambling Hall Casino where I befriended a security guy Chris, Paris hotel casino where I enjoyed the cloudy sky ceiling as it was different to other casinos, the stylish Cosmopolitan casino or Downtown casinos at the Fremont Street Experience with hundreds of tables and slot machines.
After meeting up with some friends in Vegas, my visit turned out to be very crazy sexy fun! The hot tub moments at night, shopping, eating Mexican food in El Segundo Sol or Spanish tapas in FireFly, observing artists in the Downtown and of course adventure activities such as zipline in the Bootleg Canyon, a limousine and a helicopter ride over the Strip at night or 2 tours to Grand Canyon.
And not to forget a ladies night when with my friend Hilary we watched the striptease of the burning hot Aussie guys Thunder from Down Under. Oh la la la, the nicest evening ever!