Our day is mostly filled with walking and doing touristy things, so I’m going to sum it up and get to our main event during the night.
We started our day off at our hotel’s Wildlife Habitat, which features pools, pelicans, large koi fish, and flamingos. Our hotel is called the Flamingo, after all. We then make the 5.5 kilometre walk to the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, more famously known as Pawn Stars on A&E. The shop was kind of small, and none of the guys from the TV show were there. It was still pretty cool to see. We ended up buying a shot glass, because everything else for sale was way too expensive. We spent a lot of time outside that day. It was about 17 degrees Celsius – shorts and t-shirt weather. Absolutely beautiful. The walk took over an hour, so we decided to take the Monorail back to our hotel. It’s our version of the subway, but it’s all outdoors and about 20 or 30 feet above the ground.
It’s now around dinner time and we order some Papa John’s pizza; good pizza and even better buttery-garlic dipping sauce. It’s now time to start getting ready for a large portion of the reason why we trekked all the way out to Vegas. Now, we’re talking about nostalgia from our childhood here. The Backstreet Boys were starting a residency at The Axis at Planet Hollywood…and we were going to the very first show! We started our pre-drink during dinner and couldn’t contain our excitement. Grab a few roadies for the walk to the venue, because you know, it’s legal in Vegas. The streets were buzzing in excitement. The time was finally here. The lineup was massive – over 5000 people waiting to get in. Time was limited; the show was starting at 9:00 p.m. The anticipation in the building was at an all-time high. People were singing, chanting, everyone was absolutely FIRED UP! The show was starting 20 minutes late, but no one cared.