Second Half of The Strip

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Construction between the Monte Carlo and the Bellagio. It will be a hotel, casino, mall, etc... the largest in Las Vegas. Construction team of 3000 workers that rotate, working 24/7. Five have died so far. Project is costing 7.4 billion US dollars.

After sleeping in way too late this morning, my dad and I finally got our butts into a cab and let the Bellagio be our starting point for the day. We continued down The Strip visiting the Monte Carlo, New York New York, Tropicana, and then before I knew it, we arrived at the Luxor: Home of Criss Angel! I'm a huge Mindfreak fan, and being there felt like a dream. I asked around the casino floor, "Any word on the whereabouts of Criss?" None of them knew where, but apparently he was in town! Now all I had to do was find him...

No sign of Criss. We kept moving and ventured through Mandalay Bay, which is gorgeous, by the way. Just like that, we had covered an entire side of The Strip. At this point, we were so tired that we sat down in a Starbucks and my dad had a nap.

Construction between the Monte Carlo and the Bellagio. It will be a hotel, casino, mall, etc... the largest in Las Vegas. Construction team of 3000 workers that rotate, working 24/7. Five have died so far. Project is costing 7.4 billion US dollars.
.. seriously. My feet were killing me, and it felt like my legs would have given out if I had taken even one more step. Also, I'm not all that bright at times, so of course I was in flip flops. I had six blisters bubbling across the top and sides of my feet where the straps were rubbing, and there were no Band-Aids in my possession. How unfortunate. But, after resting for 20 minutes, we kept trekking through the massive hotels and their massive casinos.

We decided it was time for lunch, so we leaped across the street to check out MGM Grand. We found a Rainforest Cafe, so I was VERY happy. But, my smile faded as soon as we were seated. They had put us in the most ridiculous place possible: RIGHT below one of the elephants... and these guys don't exactly stay still.

Five minutes later, it started trumpeting and thrashing its trunk into my head. Yeah, we were THAT close to it. It was terrible, so we asked to move. But, the Rainforest Cafe redeemed itself when I was served the best quasadilla I've ever had.

More walking, walking, walking until we met my mom at Margaritaville close to dinnertime. We ate there, and during dinner, I had and idea. I had money to spend, and what better way to spend it than seeing Mystère, right? Right! So, I walked over to TI and decided to take my chances in the stand-by line (these shows are usually sold out days before, so if you want guaranteed tickets, but them online before you leave for Vegas). It was 6:40 p.m., and I was waiting for a 7:00 p.m. show. The line hadn't budged. But just before time ran out, a miracle occurred. A frantic lady with a heavy accent came running over to the line and said, "Iz der anyone alone? I has wan teeket! My son, he in college, he iz not interested!" I smiled. "I'll take it!" I said. I bought it off of her for a mere $66, and it was a perfect seat. The lights dimmed and the show began...

All I can say is 'wow'.

 

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