I had only been on two flights in my lifetime, to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and back, before my girlfriend and I decided to go to Las Vegas during my reading week. The Backstreet Boys had also recently announced a residency in Vegas, so we thought, “Perfect! Once in a lifetime show. Why not? At least it’s a show we both want to see.” We bought our tickets and booked our flights in October or November.
It’s now Tuesday, February 28, 2017. We’ve been waiting for this day for months. We’re at Pearson, waiting at our gate, waiting to begin our five hour journey to Sin City. We left Toronto around 11:30 a.m. The flight was pretty boring until we reached the Colorado, Nevada, Arizona area. Breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon. I thought it was so cool. The most I’ve ever seen during a flight were the Prairies in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Anyways, we arrived in Vegas at around 1:30 p.m.
The first order of business was going to the grocery store to grab our food and beverages, so we could save money on eating out for every meal. After our trip to the store, we went straight to the hotel. During the taxi rides to the store and to the hotel, we were admiring how busy the streets of the city were at two in the afternoon… ON A TUESDAY! It was incredible. People dressed up as famous movie characters, street artists and street dancers showing off their skills, musicians playing, people drinking on the street, legally – stuff we would never see in Toronto. We check-in to the Flamingo hotel and head to our room.
A few hours pass by and we decide to do go out for dinner. It’s dark out now and we are just admiring the bright lights and the busyness of the city from our room. 14 floors up, facing the strip. We haven’t even started our trip and I was already feeling overwhelmed with the city. The lights, the music, the crowds, the attractions, the casinos, the bars. We head down and start walking to the restaurant. We both love country music, so naturally we end up at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. Good music. Good food. Good prices. After dinner, we decide to do one more touristy thing before we gear up for our long day we had planned for Wednesday. We go to the half-scale Eiffel Tower down the road. We take the elevator up about 445 feet. I’m terrified of heights, but the view was incredible. Being able to walk around the 360 degree platform allowed us to view the entirety of the city at night. We were lucky enough to see the famous Bellagio Fountains go off from the top of the tower. The water pressure, the height of the fountains, the music and the water dancing lived up to it’s hype. Day one: complete.