Viva Las Vegas

 

I’m back from Vegas!

It was quite an experience, I’ll say that much.

Most of our time was spent sitting in dental classes, but I won’t bore you with the details of all that.  You want to hear about what we did for fun, right?

Well, first off – when we arrived in Vegas our boss surprised us with a ride to our hotel in a limo!  I have never ridden in a limo before, so it was very exciting.

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(Me in front of our limo.)

 

Day One

The first evening (after classes) we just hung around the resort, and it was lovely.  I could have spent the entire trip there.  For one thing the pool area was amazing.

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There were so many little pools surrounding the big pool, with lots of lounges and even those canopied beds that you see in commercials for the Caribbean.  You know, just in case you want to take a nap in the sun.  I wish we were able to spend more time by the pool!

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(Me and Sis on the left, coworkers on the right. Ignore the pixelating of my co-worker’s faces, I wasn’t sure if they wanted to be featured on my blog. These were the ladies we roomed with and the four of us had so much fun!)

After dinner we also went bowling – at the bowling alley that was also in our hotel.  I liked how everything was just right there – we honestly didn’t even have to leave if we didn’t want to.  There were all kinds of shops and restaurants and things to do just at the resort.

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Obviously it wasn’t our highest-scoring game ever.  Note my sister’s sad face, and my pretend angry/annoyed face?  I love bowling though.  I’m just out of practice.

 

Day Two

The second night our whole office decided to go to the strip and walk around.  I could have just spent some time by the pool again, but it was a whole-office thing, so off we went.

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It was . . . interesting.  There were some cool displays and the lights were neat.  But other than that, I wasn’t impressed.  It just seemed kind of sad to me.  A bunch of people walking around, many of them starting to get drunk.  Women in dresses that were way too tight.  Billboards for strip clubs.  Vendors standing on the sidewalks, slapping stacks of flyers for prostitutes, trying to get you to take one.  All these people trying to make themselves happy, but not really succeeding, because the only thing that can give them true joy can scarcely be seen there.  It was just sad.

We did see a brave group standing on the sidewalk holding signs that said “In God We Trust” and “Jesus Is The Way”, or similar sayings, and there were even a few people talking to one of them.  That was the only glimmer of Light I saw in the entire place.

I was happy to get back on the shuttle that took us back to the resort at 9:45 PM – we didn’t want to stay out any later than that.  By this point I was so tired.

By the time we got back to the hotel I was exhausted, and fell into bed as soon as I could.

 

Day Three

The final night our whole office went out to dinner and to see a show together, courtesy of my boss (she really is the best boss I’ve ever had)! 

The strip wasn’t so bad when we had a specific place to go and were just focused on getting there.  We went out to dinner first at a place called Julian Serrano – the idea was to each order a dish, and then share it amongst everyone, so it was a unique dining experience!  And the molten chocolate cake was so good.

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(In front of the restaurant.)

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(Me in front of this big garden display in the Bellagio before the show.)

We saw Cirque Du Soleil, which is basically a bunch of acrobatics and such all wound into this show.  I guess this year’s program was based on water, so there was a pool in the middle of the stage that kept disappearing and reappearing, and a ton of immense stage props that moved in and out, and live music.

It was pretty amazing to see all the stunts, and the coordination it took to pull off a huge show like that was impressive.  The show itself was a lot darker than I expected it to be (as in spiritually dark and rather weird), and I felt like some of the jokes the clowns made were not appropriate.  The whole feel of the performance reminded me of Alice In Wonderland or Fantasia in that it was just a bunch of random weird things put together in this show.  After a while I decided to ignore the dark aspects and just focus on the acrobatics, which were amazing!  Overlooking the weird things, I thought watching the acrobats and contortionists do their stunts was very enjoyable.

My boss splurged on another limo to and from the show, which was so exciting!  It definitely made me feel like a VIP.

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(Sis and Me in the limo.)

Overall, it was a good trip, but it was different than I was expecting, mainly just because it was so exhausting!  There was just a lot more on the agenda than I thought there would be. I came home and slept in until 10:45 AM, which hasn’t happened since I was probably 16.  I decided I really don’t like Vegas (not surprising, I already knew I wasn’t a Vegas-type person), and I was terribly homesick for my home and my two guys.  But we did so many fun things and learned a lot, so overall I think it went well, and I’m grateful to my boss for the opportunity to go!


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9 comments

  1. Glad you had a fun trip! I would have probably felt the same way you did - I would have wanted to stay by the pool and stay off the strip. And I definitely wouldn't have wanted to be out until 9:45pm, hehe. Man I'm getting old.

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  2. I'm with you... I have little desire to go to Vegas. I think I would find it to be saddening too. I would love to get to see the lights and beautiful hotels, but the rest of it just isn't for me.

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  3. Loved reading about your trip! I've never been to Vegas, but I've always sort of wanted to go just to experience it. Even though I wouldn't gamble or anything like that. I've also wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show, but I'm surprised to hear there were dark spiritual elements in it. I'd probably just try to ignore that like you did. Glad it was a good time other than the few negatives you mentioned. I'm sure you're happy to be back with your guys, though :-)

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  4. Looks like an experience! I've never been in a limo before, I bet that was fun. Thanks or the post and I like the pictures, you two lookso pretty in your dresses for the show!

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  5. I wish you had had a better time! I went to college there and I loved it soo much! It's A LOT different when you actually live there. There's definitely all the sad/pathetic things that you mentioned, but it has so much other stuff to offer. I lived out by Red Rock Resort... Isn't it awesome? I spent a lot of time at that pool! glad you're home now... Being away from the family is hard!

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  6. We were exhausted when we went there too. We had spent the day at the Hoover Dam before going to the Cirque Du Soleil show. I slept through the entire thing. That was the most expensive nap I've ever had.

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  7. It's SO strange to see you in places I was only at 7 weeks ago!

    I agree with you about the strip. I felt really out of my comfort zone at night. I much preferred it in the daytime!

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  8. Looks like it was a neat trip! I've always wanted to see Vegas..just to say I've been there..but like you I don't think I'd be the 'vegas-type' either. So sad that you saw some of the things you saw on the strip..people really don't know what 'real' living is all about when they don't have God in their lives!

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  9. Sounds like you had a great time - and you looked just like a celebrity. Have you thought about a career as a fashion consultant?

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