First Day

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The gang in front of the Flamingo fountain

I woke up early and even though i felt a bit hungover, I wanted to get started on the sights. The other three guys weren't as enthusiastic lol. Thankfully, Siobhan texted me from the girls' room asking if i was awake (this became tradition for the trip as we were the early risers of the group. The two of us went to get breakfast and then went back to her room to eat it. When the other girls were up, we went to my room to get the guys. The 8 of us first walked around our hotel, getting to know it better. The Flamingo is a great hotel. It's not one of those hotels that you walk in to sight see but it was a great price and in my opinion, the best location on the strip (right in the middle). They had a nice garden area full of flamingos. I should say here that the weather was perfect the entire week (low to mid 20s).

View from the windows on our floor
It was warm enough to wear just a t-shirt but not too hot.

We then decided to walk the strip, looking at all the hotels. Walking down the strip is an experience in itself. I felt like i was on a monopoly board. One minute i'm looking at the Eiffel tower, then the Stautue of Liberty. There are escalators everywhere outside which i thought was a genius idea. It gets the tourists off the roads. Also a new experience was the fact that you can drink in public here. It was weird seeing people walking down the street with drinks in their hands. The hotels were incredible. I loved Ceasar's Palace, the Venetian, Luxor, MGM, and of course the Bellagio. We saw the fountain show at the Bellagio (we returned multiple times). We got the obligatory Ocean's 11 photo shot looking at the hotel.

The residents of our hotel.

The casinos in the hotel were also an experience. We were carded everywhere we went ( i guess we look young). We were all 21 but it seemed weird being carded since we had been legal to drink in Canada for 3 years already. The smell of cigarette smoke also took getting used to since smoking isn't allowed inside back at home (we all got used to the smell after the first day or so). None of us were big gamblers and since we were all poor students we decided to stick to the quarter slots. Today we also had our first buffet. They say when you go to Vegas, you have to try the buffets and we were impressed lol.  

After a full day of walking, we spent some time in the hotel hot tub (the pool wasn't open even though it was hot enough).

Another view from the hotel
We then napped a bit, watched some tv, and ate dinner. Us guys started drinking and soon the girls had joined us. Our room became the official pre-drink party for the week. We lost track of time and realized it was getting late. We had planned on going to Jet (i forget what hotel its in). When we got there, the line was ridiculous. It turns out that the cast of Jackass was there that night and brought a bunch of porn stars with them. We decided, it wasn;t worth the line since it was already late. Half of the group went back to the hotel but me and the other half decided to walk around. We found a bar in the Bellagio that looked nice. I guess we weren't the typical clientel because as soon as we sat down, the server rudely informed us that we had to buy at least one drink to stay (as if we were going to go to a bar and not buy anything. Needless to say, she did not receive tips. The night was fun. The place reminded me of a wedding, there was live music and an older crowd on the dance floor (substantially older lol). It was fun though and we went to bed rather late. I returned to my room to find Corey sprawled across the bed leaving me no room. I was too drunk to care about trying to move him so i grabbed our blanket and my pillow and fell asleep on the floor.

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The gang in front of the Flamingo …
The gang in front of the Flamingo…
View from the windows on our floor
View from the windows on our floor
The residents of our hotel.
The residents of our hotel.
Another view from the hotel
Another view from the hotel
Toni Braxton at our hotel. She cam…
Toni Braxton at our hotel. She ca…
Ceasars Palace
Ceasar's Palace
View from the Venetian looking at …
View from the Venetian looking at…
Ceiling in the Venetian
Ceiling in the Venetian
the gondolas
the gondolas
At the fontana bar
At the fontana bar
Nate and his girly drink (this wou…
Nate and his girly drink (this wo…
The girky drinks
The girky drinks
The manly drinks
The manly drinks
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Walking "home" at 4 am. Note: sin…
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