What are the first words that pop in your mind when you think about Vegas? Probably gambling, crazy parties, drunkenness, blackout, hangover…right? Well, this might sound crazy but I didn’t experience any of those things!
…And NO! It’s not cause I hate fun.
I went to Vegas for the first time two years ago when I was still an international student at U of I. That was the time when I did all the things I aforementioned at the beginning, and I was that busy clubbing that I didn’t realize how cool Vegas hotels were.
Last weekend was more like a family reunion that allowed me to experience some of the hidden charms that this city has to offer. During my second stay I had the opportunity to properly visit nine of the most popular hotels – Bellagio, The Venetian, Stratosphere, Caesars Palace, Excalibur, Aria, Paris Las Vegas, MGM and Luxor.
The first night we stayed at Stratosphere which gave us the chance to see the city skyline from the top of the tower and realize that Vegas is much more than just one street. The second night we moved to Excalibur which was right at the opposite end of the strip from the first hotel and closer to the action. I felt like a medieval princess living in a big castle there – so cool!
It was so nice spending some time with Alex and Michelle and catching up on their lives (Did you miss their wedding? Check this post!). They were incredibly sweet to me and invited Dan and I to Brio Tuscan Grille for dinner as a present for my upcoming birthday (so sad I won’t be able to see them until Thanksgiving). I am a big Italian foodie so I couldn’t be happier!
Long story short, it was so cool to see the city from a different (sober?) perspective. So for those who don’t like the idea of going to Vegas just because of the things we use to associate with it, know that it is actually possible to have a lot of fun without having to party like a crazy person.