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Trip report for 10/20-10/23 & some rambling - this is a long one

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  1. Mia4071

    Mia4071 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Trip report 10/20-10/23

    Ok here are a few details on our trip before I get into the whole shindig.

    ~ So I was turning 21 this year. It felt like I was waiting a century with all my friends being 21 since last year or before this past summer. So with that we had planned a trip with all my friends for Vegas. My sister is the “ Queen of Vegas” .. she travels there all the time so she has been giving us the scoop on where to stay and things like that. Afer months of talking with friends & family about Vegas – We still couldn’t decide where to stay. I searched the net for stuff and found a cool site with a message board! Then there with the help of so many replies and post. We finally made a decision.. MGM Grand it was. We ended up booking threw Yahoo Travel. We got our flight & hotel package for $668.00. That included Roundtrip airfare for 2 from San Jose, Ca to Las Vegas. And 3 nights 4 days @ MGM GRAND. So as the countdown started we got more and more ready for the trip.

    Finally the weekend arrives –

    See my Vacation started on Friday @ 3:00 pm.. Right when I got off of work. I knew I had to finish some last minute packing and get ready for the most anticipated weekend of my life. Shoot I was turning 21 on Saturday & I was leaving to Vegas on Sunday. I didn’t think that it could get any better. Well Friday we partied a little – Saturday … Happy Birthday to me!~ Oh what a day. Started it off with brunch with my whole family & some friends @ one of my favorite restaurants. I think I started drinking @ 11. BIG mistake. By 5:00 pm we had already decided we weren’t going clubbing cause I was already wasted & I wanted to be able to wake up and be ready for my flight. We had stayed @ honey’s house ( honey is sal my boyfriend, I gave him that nickname about 5 years ago cause he is so sweet to me – we are going on 8 years together – I been calling him that since I can remember) to relax and drink it up with some friends. So the baseball game is going to start and we figure we will go watch the game @ a sports bar & watch the game -- Ok by now maybe you guys get the hint. I was drinking all damn day. 10:00 rolls around and my girls come over to help us celebrate - We get all pumped with the music on and say F*** it … we are going out. The most I remember from Saturday night was a lot of shots – some dancing on tables – some more shots & drinking.. I think I even got a lap dance from some girls that I didn’t even know- but they were happy to see that we were celebaring my 21st.

    Day one 10/20/02
    ~ So with the help of my wild friends & my honey I made it home about 2 am. By 5 I was up with a headache and praying to the porcelain gods! Damn what a mess I was. I could not sleep. I have been drunk in my life time – but the room has never spun so fast in my life. Honey didn’t wake up till about 11 and he finally got up to get ready to leave. Our flight out of San Jose was leaving @ 2:35. I was so hung over I was in bed the whole time while Honey was getting ready. We are already lagging – still have to drive to my house to get my luggage. We get to the airport and I am sick as a dog [​IMG] – In and out of the bathroom till our plane leaves. Worse plane ride of my life. I was so sick cause I was hung over – plus my nerves weren’t helping cause I was scared to fly. Nothing was working for me by this time. I was thinking nothing could get worse. [​IMG] There has to be a turn for better or I am running into the cockpit and have them LAND THE PLANE cause I was going to go crazy!!!!!!

    Finally we arrive to Las Vegas Airport as we walk off the plane into the airport the smell of cigarettes fill my tummy, I see an old man wearing a jacket that says “ ELVIS LIVES” & the noise of slot machines are ringing in my ears – And the lines for luggage is wild as ever – I have landed in HEAVEN!

    - So I take my first Taxi in my life to MGM (by the way is the closet hotel to the airport) .. The Taxi driver was another story to get into.. but right now – I really don’t want to get in to it ... We get there and the people @ MGM were so nice. It was almost if they knew my pervious 3 hours were shity & they wanted to make everything better. So we checked in & get our room key - Oh yeah by the way there is a lot of things going on @ the MGM.. a lot of remodeling so the elevators were all weird. We finally arrive to our rooms. Man it was so nice. We stayed in the Grand tower Room 16-411. So nice. We didn't get a strip view cause most of them were smoking rooms. We ended up getting a nice view though. We were on the Tropicana side.. It was nice. So we decided to go sight seeing ... We did the whole MGM - Took the Tram to Ballys & Paris. Man Paris is so nice. We went up the Eiffel Tower. The elevator ride up there had my stomach going a little crazy for a minute. But it was so nice. It was @ night when we went up there and we stayed up there to see all the hotels. It was $9.00 each to go up there. And you can stay up there as long as you want. We only stayed up there for about 15 minutes. (Oh yeah as you about to get in line to take the elevator ride up they take a picture of you with the background of the casino. Its so nice. I bought it and I will hopefully post it up soon)
    By this time we it was already getting late and we were so tired from the night before that we decided we would go take the tram back to MGM cause we had a million bags from buying everything in sight. We end up watching the baseball game again ( world series baby & the San Francisco Giants are playing) in Ballys at some little sports betting – bar thing. We take the tram to MGM go up and get a change of clothes – and down to the casino to gamble. We went up to the room almost around 1 am. We were tried from parting and spending way to much money for the first night.

    Day 2 10 /22/03 [​IMG]

    ~ With the best sleep in my life we wake up. We decide to eat in MGM @ the Studio Café. SUCKS – don’t ever eat there. The food and the service was awful. It wasn’t even funny. I couldn’t even believe that our bill was almost 60 bucks for the shitty food that we had. So with a quick trip to the bar – we were headed out for the day. The weather is just like California. We went to NY NY shopped there. Stayed a while in the ESPN Zone to watch some football highlights and rest our feet. NYNY is so nice how it is set up. Went out side and did some sidewalk shopping – bought some funny hates and walked around looking like dorks walked the strip to Monte Carlo – took the tram over to Belliagio Then walked over to Caesars’. All those hotels- seen it all. Shopped all day. We shopped, stopped and some bars and some lounges. Had some fun. It was already about 6 by this time and with all the walking @ Caesars’. We decided we would take another taxi ride to MGM to do another drop off of bags & stuff. Got to the room and decided we would watch some Monday night football and @ half time go down and eat some dinner. We ate at the rain forest café and it was so good. Honey had the Steak & I had some chicken fried Steak. It came with salads & some garlic mashed potatoes. Yummy. After that .. More drinking – Back to the room – for some going out clothes. We were going to try to head out to a club but instead we walked the strip @ night and as were walking – we came upon some little golf cart type buggies that you can rent. We rented one for an hour it came out to like $40.00 bucks an hour. We drove it up the strip all the way to the Stratosphere & back to Mandalay Bay. We even drove it to Hard Rock and that’s off the strip. We had a good time riding that. We had to have it back by 10:00 in order not to be charged over time for it. So we the speed of light Honey had it back in time. We walked over to Bellagio to catch the water show. We watched that twice then walked over to Flamingo for some drinks & a little casino play. After about an hour there. We walked all the way past Imperial Palace. By this time I don’t even remember what hotel we were @ … All I know we had walked more than half way down the strip from MGM and it was about 1 am. And we were still ready for MORE MORE MORE!!! I had on dress shoes and I wasn’t about to walk back. Our third Taxi trip back to the MGM. Wow- I think the taxi drives got crazier by the hour! What fun trip that was. We gambled into the early morning – I think when we got back to out room it was turning 5:45 am. It was time for bed.

    Day 3 10/22/02 [​IMG]

    ~ This time we didn’t wake up till about 12 in the after noon and we didn’t leave the room till almost 2. Since this was our last day official day – we still wanted to see a lot of things. We took a taxi to the Venetian. That hotel was beautiful. We decided to head to the Canal shops. We shopped there for a long time and after about spending almost 300.00 in one store we figured that was it. No more shopping in that hotel. We took a gondola ride. So nice what fun we had on there. It was 12.00 each for the gondola ride and it was way worth it. I say this is a must. We ate lunch in the Venetian at some restaurant. I don’t even remember was it was. As were were walking back threw the casino in the Venetian we say a lot of things happening. There was a man with a huge camera on his back – like if they were filming a movie. And us being noise ass Mexicans like we are – We has what they are doing. There was so much movie stuff everywhere. Cameras, lights, chairs, Back drops…. They were filing CSI……..OH yeah – this makes my day I LOVE CSI. I always watch it after survivor. So as I talking my ass off to the producer guy. He invites us to come watch the rest of the filming that is taking place in the whole lobby. He then begins to explain to us that the whole cast is coming out in about 15 min and no one can be in that area – but since we were already there as long as we made no noise we could stay. We then begin to watch the filming.. We are standing in the middle of a bunch of craziness – all kinds of things going on - .. It was such a great experience. So after about an hour there, we leave - Back to Paris it was for some last minute things there. And its world series time again.. Since they are tired 1-1 we have to watch the game to see if the Giants are going to come back – We get up to the room for a drop again of bags and then all of a sudden it felt like we got hit with a ton of bricks. All the tiredness of the day hit us. We laid down to try to nap but we just watched TV. We had been on a “ GO” since we got to LV and we needed a rest. We ordered a really nice dinner from room service and we ate in that night. It was about 10:30 pm .. we got ready and headed out for Studio 54. Danced our bootys off till the early morning – Got out of there like around 2:30 am – gambled till about 6 then up to the room.

    Day 4 10/23/02

    :D ~ We made sure we had a wake up call for the morning – cause we had to be up and out of the room by 9:45 in order to make it on time to our flight that was leaving @ 11:25. So we wake up about 8:15 and it was one of those sleeps where you feel like you just shut your eyes and woke up. Took a nice cold shower and started to repack our bags – we could not fit all the stuff we had bought so we had to run downstairs to buy some type of bag to take back. So we were ready to leave the lovely city. With some stuff we didn’t get to see – but all in all we had a great trip. While smiles on our faces we left MGM to the airport got our boarding passes and had a nice – really nice flight home. It never felt so good to be home.

    We had seen, ate, smelled, drank, walked, & took in so much – we were ready to be back in San Jose. We both rated this trip from a 1 to 10 – We rated it a 9. We can’t compare this trip to anything else we have ever done – the atmosphere is just great. The Weather was so nice to us. And the Hotels & Casino’s we all so addicting. We had such a great time there. We will be back in June 2003 cause my sister will be getting married @ the Paris hotel & casino. So we will be back in Vegas soon. Maybe sooner then we may think. But I can honestly say its worth the time, the money, the walking & the memories………………………………………………..
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  2. LV Terry

    LV Terry Captain Flop'N Fold

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    Outstanding!

    Sounds like a great first trip to Vegas! The good news is: It's always there, a party just waiting for you to show up...and you Always leave not doing or seeing everything, so there's always something new to do when you come back.

    Thanks for telling us all about it!

    T.
     
  3. HoyaHeel

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    Now THAT'S the way to celebrate turning 21--what a fantastic trip!! So glad you enjoyed it!!
     
  4. Booger

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    Boy...I wish I'd of gone to Vegas for my 21st!
    Sounds like you had a great time.The wedding will
    be here in no time!!

    Booger
     
  5. lvbabe

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    Add another Vegas addict to the list!
    Glad you had a good time and Happy Belated Birthday
     
  6. Coecat

    Coecat Low-Roller

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    Oh to be 21 again....

    Landa: [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Debbie: [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I wish I could get by on little to no sleep in Vegas. I just don't bounce back as fast as I used to. I'd still be in bed recovering.

    Great report. Sounds like a fun trip. It has all my favorite components: Las Vegas, shopping, gambling, eating. Couldn't ask for anything more. Thanks for posting it so promptly.

    Debbie
     
  7. bigdogmom

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    Coecat: My thoughts exactly!!! [​IMG]
     
  8. Flipster777

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    I remember my 1st trip to Vegas.. all the sights and sounds.... could not get all of it in the first trip!! Gives me reason to keep going back!! ha! ha! :D I remember that 1st trip like I remember my 21st b-day.... oh so long ago.... :eek: [​IMG]
     
  9. Buckeye Bob

    Buckeye Bob Low-Roller

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    Landa,

    Great Trip Report!!! Glad you had such a great time. You gotta love a place where you can wear a goofy hat, ride a gondola, drink as much as you want, carry a beer down the street, go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, see lions in a glass cage, and see the top TV show being filmed and hang out with the crew. Wish I'd have been there for my 21st.

    You didn't mention much detail on your gambling. Did you have any luck???

    Bob
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  10. Mia4071

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    Thanks, thanks thanks [​IMG] .. To all the read the report. & yes I am addicted!

    ~ GOsh Today is friday & i am back @ work == How shitty it was to have to wake up to an alarm clock! I think we are going back to Vegas in Dec! [​IMG] oh yeah .. Me & honey were talking last night to skip x-mas gifts for eachother and just spend on a trip. We will see about that though

    ~ Oh yeah - we didn't win nothing big - Everything we would win we put back - We would win, 50, then 15 then like 20 - little winning's but kept us in the casino's all night long. It was fun....

    Man I think i still need another day of sleep. One day off to rest - wasn't that great. At least I washed clothes & unpacked. oh gosh i am so tired ...........
     
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