In case some of you didn’t know, I recently came back from my trip to Las Vegas. It was the second time I’d visited the city, but I can safely say that this time around was way more fun as I was 21, which meant I could do (pretty much) whatever I wanted to do!
I was a terrible tourist and took hardly any photos. Shame on me, I know, but the place is just SO BUSY all the time, if you stop to take a photo you inevitably get in someone’s way, or you end up getting people walking in front of you all the time, and my patience isn’t that great so I didn’t bother that often. In fact, most of the time I took photos in restaurants, as two we went in, Senor Frogs and Bubba Gump’s, had these really cool signs everywhere that made me smile a lot.
I’m 99% sure I ate more in Las Vegas than I have in my entire life. The portions are huge! Sometimes it felt like the burgers were as big as my head. 😛 I’m sure they weren’t, but still. Massive. My favourite meal was definitely at PBR Rock Bar and Grill. The food there was awesome. I had a BBQ Burger, which was a burger with pulled pork, bacon, cheese and an onion ring all smothered with delicious barbeque sauce. Not one for the faint-hearted. Or vegetarian.
We also went to the Las Vegas NASCAR race, which was probably the highlight of my entire holiday. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a huge NASCAR, and just general motorsport, fan, so to go to an actual NASCAR race is like a dream come true for me. It’s certainly not for everyone, but I loved watching it, especially as my driver won both of the races, much to my dad’s disappointment. NASCAR weekend is a pretty huge thing in Vegas, and we walked past this Jeff Gordon Madam Tussaud’s figure outside The Venetian several times. And we laughed at it several times, as it’s just plain awful and looks nothing like the chap.
NASCAR aside, we really went to Las Vegas so we could have an actual break. Some of you may know that 2013 was a horrible year for my family, and it felt right to be able to get away in 2014 and enjoy being away without worrying about family back here. Although I think we all relaxed too much, as none of us wanted to come back home and face reality again! Especially as we all came back with slight tans. (Even me, the self-proclaimed human milk bottle! Although my tan just makes me look dirty, unfortunately.) Unfortunately, we didn’t win big in any of the casinos to fund a permanent holiday out to the states, but, as we’ve told ourselves several times, it wouldn’t be as fun if we were there all the time. (I’m not all that convinced though…) And lady luck did shine down on me, as when I checked my emails for the first time in ten days, I found I’d been offered a job interview for a position I’d applied for nearly a month previous!
Vegas did give me a lot of perspective, funnily enough. I never would have imagined that walking around all these hotels full of extravagance and grandeur that I would be able to re-evaluate my life and the choices I’ve made up until that point in my life. I’d already decided to take a break from my blog during the holiday, and that was probably the best decision I’ve made for it, as I’ve come back with this huge desire to blog again, but with more passion than ever before. But I also made a choice to not use my phone unless absolutely necessary. I sent my brother a few messages, and chatted to my friends on twitter a couple of times, but that was it. And having this clean break from the internet gave me time to re-evaluate my life and the decisions I’ve made recently, and the steps I can make to change and move forward in a positive way. I think Vegas is also the best place to realise that you need to start living for yourself. I came back from Vegas a different person, but for the better, and if nothing else, I’m extremely thankful I had the time to be able to do that.
So, to sum up my holiday in a few words: Food, Racing, Sun, Relax, Walking, Happy.
…Can I book my next holiday yet? 😛