Sunday, August 2, 2009

Vegas, Vegas, Vegas!

Hello hello all!

So my brother made the point that I hadn't posted since BEFORE I went to Vegas.
Which is true, however I felt like the only people that read this blog are people with whom I talk. So they would have heard the stories i would tell at least once and certainly not want to read about them again.

I just now decided that I don't care. I'm going to write some down and you're welcome to leave at any time... or skip over the ones you've heard.

So my friend Jacki and I left for Vegas on a sunday. We were scheduled to arrive in Vegas just before 4 and so we figured since everywhere we had read said that our hotel was about 15-20 minutes away from the airport, we would be at our hotel no later than 5.

We got into Vancouver and I always remember customs taking FOR FREAKING EVER. So I was nervous that we had less than 2 hours to go through it all. We got through in under 20 minutes, looked at the screen for where our gate was and it said one of the words you never want to see listed beside your flight number. "DELAYED" Our plane was delayed TWO HOURS. So we now had just under 4 hours to wait until our plane left.
One of the good things that came out of this was that we found some bottles of rum for $15 when they are normally over twenty.

We got to Vegas just before 6pm and decided that since the shuttle busses were right outside, we'd take one of those. Since it was also cheaper.
BAD IDEA. It was super super super super hot. 102 when we arrived. We got on this shuttle bus that wasn't air conditioned, waited for 30 mins for the bus to be full and ended up being the LAST ones dropped off. Just over an hour later. So we arrived around 8pm to our hotel.
We were discouraged because we thought we had lost a whole chunk of good time.
It turned out, that in Vegas, it REALLY doesn't matter what time you arrive, there is ALWAYS something going on.
The place we were staying was SO BIG, that we got lost going to our room! Only on the last day did we find the shortcuts. haha.
We walked around and got lost some more. In the first 8 hours, we accomplished these things:
- Gambling
- Getting drunk
- Getting to see a live band that was REALLY good.
- Jacki won almost $700 off a $5 bill.
- Eating some of the most amazing food.
- Getting into a guest list only club.

Now, the last one has a story. We were... no way to say this eloquently... SMASHED. We went and found this place I had read about called "V Bar".... sounds like a good place to party, right? Wrong... it was a bar. like... there was a bar in it and that was it. Not to mention we were 2 of about 10 people in there. That is counting the 4 staff members. We had fun joking around with the bartenders, and then asked where the "happening" place was to dance.
They told us about this club called "Lavo". It was in the Palazzo, which is the hotel attached to the Venetian where we were staying. We follwed the signs and felt like we were getting lost... walking through the Palazzo casino..etc. However, as we were walking out of the Palazzo casino, we got free passes to Lavo. Which was a sweet deal, since we were heading there anyway.

We got there and there was a line up of young men and very pretty girls. It said "Guest List, line here". I told Jacki we should just turn around, but she was adament that we stay in the line. so we did... and watched these very pretty girls getting turned away because they weren't on the guest list. I did not want to get to the front of the line.... I was not up for rejection. The guy looks at us with this semi-disgusted look and said "you girls wouldn't happen to be on the guest list, would you?" I said no, discouraged, and started to walk away. Jacki piped in and said "Nope, but we're staying at the Venetian!" Those were apparently the magic words. He opened the rope and voila! We were in. We didn't have to pay cover because we had those cards and up the stairs we went.

This place was amazing. We went and ordered a bacardi and Coke... it cost $14!!... however, it ended up being almost a full glass of bacardi and very little coke. haha.

We danced a bunch, had a wonderful time and marvelled at the fact that we got into this guest list only place. even the bathrooms were gorgeous and had an attendant that got you papertowel for when you were done washing your hands.
We left there, feeling a combination of overwhelmed and special. It. Was. Fantastic!

We hadn't eaten dinner, so we decided to go find somewhere to eat. On our way back to our room we found this place called "The Grand Lux Cafe". The food was amazing. So amazing, in fact, that we ate almost every meal there from there on out.

That, was just the first night. Amazing.
We had so much fun. SO MUCH. I am so glad we went!!

It was very very hot, and I wouldn't suggest going during this time of year. However, I want to go back. For sure. =)

Well, its getting late... and I am tired. GOODNIGHT!!

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