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A girl living in Tampa Bay for the last 11 years. I mostly fill my time with friends, creative hobbies like community theater and arts and crafts, movies and tv, and other random fun things to try.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Vegas Trip

So the trip to Las Vegas was lots of fun. Marilyn, Jarrett, Anne, and I didn't do a lot of gambling. We lost a couple bucks on the slot machines, but nothing too silly. I put $45 on a blackjack table and lost $40 of it in about 5 hands. That was pretty much the extent of our gambling. Most of the time we were too busy walking around and looking at everything. There's lots to see and we poked our heads into a lot of casinos.

The place really is like Disney World for adults -- it's engineered for complete sensory overload at all times. Sometimes it was stunning, sometimes it was tacky, sometimes it was just overwhelming. It was fun when we all walked around together, because we would all notice different stuff.

On the first night, Jarrett, Marilyn, and I went to the top of the Stratosphere. The view was nice of the strip. We sat in the bar and had a drink (better than buying a ticket to the top). The indoor observation deck was closed on the side with the Strip -- there was a private event. So we had to go upstairs to the outdoor observation deck to get our photos. I will say, though at that height, I was not tempted to get a ticket to the roller coaster. Yikes.

Alcohol was stupidly expensive -- we found a relatively reasonable liquor store on day 2 and a couple of flasks. For all that, I didn't do as much drinking as I thought I would. Or as much eating. But it was a good time.

I really really enjoyed the Cirque du Soleil show. Thanks to Aunt Kelly for recommending it. I thought "Something in the Way She Moves" was my favorite number, and then they did "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" which blew me away. The whole show was mezmerizing. If only the guy behind me hadn't sung along to Otherwise, it was amazing. And from what I could tell, there wasn't a bad seat in the house.

Anne and I had one really nice meal at Mandalay Bay. They actually have a wine bar/restaurant with a wine tower (rather than a cellar). When you order a bottle, they send women up on cables to go get the wine. It was pretty cool to watch. The food was good too.

Anne and I also took a spa day at Caesar's Palace. The Roman Baths were my favorite part. It was a relaxing day -- we just spent 5 hours in the spa. I read a little, soaked in the hot tub a little. We even took a bit of time in the sauna and all. It was great. I would do it again, definitely. And my masseuse's name was Spirit. I kid you not.

Enjoy the photos:


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