February 24th, 2008 – by: peeves
The fruit we smuggled across the border because we didn't want to pay for food. Our logic was that since it was only buffalo, we weren't going to be infecting any orange or banana crops in the area.
The 8 if us left London in the early morning for the 3 hour drive to Buffalo, New York. Buffalo was a much cheaper option than leaving from Toronto. We took a Robert Q bus so no one had to worry about leaving their car in Buffalo. Since we took the cheapest flights we could find, we took a bit of a detour, flying first to Atlanta. It wasn't a long flight but I was gettin antsy. I just wanted to be in Vegas! We had a long layover in Atlanta..which we spent eating and playing endless rounds of "asshole". When people were tired of cards, we spent the rest of the time deciding what we were going to do when we got there. Finally, we boarded the plane for the 5-hour flight to Vegas. It seemed like it lasted forever! I watched the Oscar coverage for most of the trip.
Me embarrassing my friends by wearing my tacky tourist fannypack.
The guy i was sitting beside was from somewhere in the States and we chatted a bit. All my frustration and complaining about the long trip ended when I saw the Vegas strip from the plane. The strip lit up at night was an incredible sight from the sky.
It took about an hour to get out of the airport. We checked into our hotel (the Flamingo) at 2 am local time (which was 5 am our time). Some people considered calling it a night but we realized that we weren't going to waste any time here sleeping. We could sleep the next week when we went home! We went to the variety store and bought some booze (much cheaper than the liquor store in London). We got all dressed up fancy, drank for a couple hours in the guy's hotel room and then went to the after-hours club Drai's near our hotel.
Playing asshole in the airport trying to kill time
It was then that I had my first taste of how sexist Vegas was (the girls got in free while us guys paid a $25 cover!) It was also then that I realized how expensive drinks were in the bar ($12 for a rye and coke!). I made a mental note that we would be pre-drinking much harder in the hotel room next time. Drai's was a cool place. To our amusement, the people on the dance floor were absolutely brutal dancers. We joked that we needed to show these Americans how we do it in Canada (Note: we were unfair in labeling the Americans as bad dancers since the quality of dancing improved later on in the trip lol). By 7 am we were all exhausted..primarily because it was really 10 am our time and also because we had such a long and boring travel day. We all decided to hit the sack. All in all, our first night was a success and I was so excited to see the city the next morning