Oh yeah, baby– Las Vegas! J and I had been talking about going to Vegas for years and the plan became a reality when my mother offered to buy us a flight + hotel package for our birthdays. Thank you, ema!!
As an American, I know that the USA is huge, but even I was surprised how long it takes to get from Maryland to Vegas! We had about a 5-hour flight to Salt Lake City, then a short jump from there to Vegas. We took an early-morning flight so that we’d arrive there around midday. In addition to some instant oatmeal, I had these pretzel M&M’s along as a travel snack.
I’d been dying to try these! I like the crunch and the hint of saltiness. The pretzel nubs inside the candy were slightly more hard-crunchy than I was expecting, but I still liked the overall “lightness” it gave to the chocolate candies.
I know Vegas is a food and restaurant paradise, but on our trip, we were all about the deals. We managed to find some pretty good ones!
We were staying in the Flamingo, which was pretty much right in the middle of everything and right across from the massive Caesar’s Palace. We headed to the Forum Shops at Caesar’s for our dinner that night because J had read that the Palm Bar there has a heavily discounted bar menu during happy hour. They did indeed, and so it was that J got some delicious chicken strips and I had a plate of fried calamari for $3.50 each. Nice.
It was seriously yummy calamari too, though the fresh potato chips that came with it were lackluster. They needed more salt. I felt obligated to order a beer since we were sitting at the bar. J said I didn’t have to do that, but I tend to feel guilty about things I don’t need to feel guilty about. I don’t know– would you have felt awkward sitting at the bar eating their discounted food without getting a drink?
We worked our way northward on the Strip and discovered that things in Vegas are definitely further away than they appear to be. We also started to get used to the unique heat in the desert. It was very hot (106 F, or 41 C) but you never felt yourself sweat. When a breeze came I could only feel moisture underneath my hair (since I have really thick hair, I guess the sweat on my head didn’t evaporate as much). And the breeze itself was usually hot too, offering no relief. Fortunately the sun went down as we trekked northward, making the outdoors more bearable. When we needed a break we’d stop in a casino to play some penny slots and get some free drinks. I hardly even believed J when he assured me that all casinos offer free drinks on the floor– but they do! It felt funny at first, but we got used to it quickly ;-).
We walked all the way down to the Stratosphere and then stopped in Sahara for some $1 shots in souvenir glasses, because we’re classy like that.
When we got back to our neighborhood we needed a snack and were happy to find that a small Irish casino near our hotel had a beer-and-hot-dog deal for $3. We were bummed when we discovered that the food court in the casino had already closed, so no hot dogs for us (we got vouchers that we redeemed the next day). Luckily we had some snacks in our hotel room, and then we went to bed to rest up for day 2 in Vegas, which also happened to be my birthday!
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