Well, I’ve clearly neglected my blog for a while now, so this will be the first of probably four posts about my Vegas trip and then I can catch up on all the other things that have been going on. In between preparing for going away and then coming back straight into the start of semester suffering from a nasty plane cough on top of the jet lag was not a pleasant experience, but enough excuses.

I shouldn’t complain too much as I had an amazing time. They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Well I say boo to that! I’m going to give you a no holds barred summary of my two weeks in Sin City, accompanied by a fair few pictures taken with the camera Rob recommended. I’m not a skilled photographer. I just pointed and clicked and I was pretty pleased with how they came out.

Part of the strip

This is a daytime shot of part of the strip. You can see the MGM Grand and New York – New York hotels, which are on a crossroads with two other hotels. One tour guide told us that at this cross roads there are more hotel rooms than there are in the whole of San Francisco. I’m not so sure that’s true, but still, there are a lot.

It took me a few days to get used to Vegas. My wife has been to Vegas before, but that’s a whole different story from before I made an honest woman of her. I found the whole spectacle very strange for a couple of days, but once I’d “acclimatized” I started to really enjoy the feel of the place.

Three things that you should know about Vegas.

1. As you probably know, Vegas is in the middle of the desert. That means it’s very hot. Some days it was more than 40 degrees.

2. You do a lot of walking. Even if you’re just going to the next hotel along the strip you might be walking for half an hour. Walking from one end of the strip to the other will take you about an hour an a half, but most of the time you’re walking in and out of hotels rather than in a straight line. It takes a long time to get around.

3. The food is amazing. Especially anything to do with beef. The steaks were epic. They were huge, they were cooked really, really well and they tasted great. After dinner at one restaurant had defeated us we took our partially devoured steak home in a doggy bag and even cold it still tasted great the next morning. There is a huge range of choice of food as well. On our first morning we went to Hash-house a go go for breakfast and I was so baffled by the menu that I ended up getting “Andy’s sage fried chicken w/ fresh spinach, hardwood smoked bacon, market tomato, griddled mozzarella, chipotle cream and scrambled eggs” as seen on Man Vs. Food.

Yes, it was an odd thing for breakfast, and yes, it was huge, and no, I didn't eat it all.

Yes, it was an odd thing for breakfast, and yes, it was huge, and no, I didn’t eat it all.

So, welcome to post 1 of 4 on my Lag Vegas Adventure! Viva Las Vegas!