I just got back from my third trip to Las Vegas, NV. The first was with a group of friends, the second was just with my brother for business, and this one was with my brother and my girlfriend. I stayed at the Tropicana on the south strip. I have stayed there before on my first trip to Vegas and not too much has changed. There is a lot less of an artificial coconut smell than before and I actually missed that because I thought it would remind me of my first visit.
I ate like crazy there. Vegas has great food and my break from my diet was well utilized. The most damage was done at the buffet at Caesar’s. I drank several mimosas, and ate from every category they offered. I was as full as a tick. We also went to the Eiffel Tower Restaurant for Katie’s birthday and the view was great and the food was pretty good.
On our last day, we took a trip out to the outlet mall and got some shopping in. I had never done this before on a vacation and it wasn’t bad. We all ended up buying leather jackets at a Wilson’s outlet. I didn’t think when I woke up that morning that I would be buying a leather jacket in spring but that’s what happened.
Vegas has the ability to just completely drain me. I have to walk everywhere, the buildings themselves are expansive, and there is so much going on at any given time. There are constant stimuli from the slot machines, people shouting at the craps tables, and the constant movement of people around you. When I got back home, I was drained and ready for some sleep to catch up. In contract, my last vacation was on a beach, at an all inclusive resort and each day was relaxing. I would just sit down by the ocean, read a bit, drink a bit, and talk with my girlfriend. It was great and I think I want to do something similar next time I get a few days off work. I think I need a few years break from Vegas to explore the rest that the world has to offer.