27 June 2017

The City of Lights (Where I Screamed Multiple Times)










Hi, everyone! After a week’s worth of being down in the dry, desert heat, I’ve returned to my safe humble abode and have been catching up with all the cool air the town has been experiencing. My family adores traveling, but this year’s trip was planned rather last minute (last minute = two months) for numerous reasons, and when my brother and I initially heard where we were going, both of us grumbled.

“Las Vegas!” Also known as the City of Lights. I held reasons for my initial detestation, and the images associated with the city sprung to life: casinos, gambling drinking, and smoking within the hotel’s interior, and I’m not going to lie and sugarcoat it, but those things do happen although my family avoided a ton of it by weaving through the fastest and safest routes possible. All my family’s activities were honestly quite clean. After arriving at the airport at eight in the morning and a pancake breakfast later, we went off to explore The Strip—the concentration of resorts smack dab of the city.


(Yes, I know all the waffle lovers are glaring, but I’m telling the truth when I say there were no waffles within any of the hotels and its respective restaurants. Believe me, I’ve tried hunting them down. Probably for the best, as pancakes are notable cuisine renowned in the city.)

Waiting for the show to start.

One of the people we’ve encountered discussed that Las Vegas is actually more known for its entertainment than anything else, which is actually true because over ten shows were watched in a span of a week! From magic shows like Mac King and David Copperfield all the way down to animal shows like Poppovich's Pet Show, there was so much crammed in to the days!

The only photo from O-- their stunts were so difficult that no photos were allowed to be taken until curtain call.

 BABY!

Way to go!


Two shows that I immensely enjoyed were O and Mystere, both a part of Cirque du Solei. If you haven't seen any of their shows yet, you have to because their shows are seriously mesmerizing. From the way the curtains fall to the actors moving across the stage, with their perfect comedic timing all while grounded with a sense of sophisticated artistry... just wait until you see how their curtains rise and fall. While I was exhausted from not sleeping on the plane while watching O, I couldn't fall asleep because the show was just that good to watch. The stage for O becomes water one moment and solid ground the next! Mystere was also pretty good, with acrobats high in the sky and the baby character popping up and squirting out milk from his baby bottle. The character that takes the cream of the crop for me though was the sailor guy who made saying, "Aye yai yai," over and over again comedic because of his timing.

Our medieval dinner featuring no utensils. Yum!


 "Norway! Norway!"

The King of Norway, if you're looking from left to right, is the third man on the horse.

Another show we watched was Tournament of the Kings, which is a dinner show based upon the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table. My 2014 self was squealing too hard because it was bringing back so many good memories from doing a Merlin-themed show. The dinner was just enjoyable, with the food based on the dining experiences in medieval times, which meant we had to eat our food without any utensils and only with hands, warding against infection thanks to the invention of moist towelettes. The best part wasn't even the dinner, but the show itself. What happens is there are assigned seats in the room with the names of different countries, and wherever you choose to sit becomes the person you cheer for as the kings compete in the eponymous event. They had an actual stadium in the middle of the room just for the knights to joust! My family was seated in Norway, and we kept cheering so hard that my brother lost his voice for a good two hours. He was also the one that said, "Our side's going to win because Norway is the best looking out of all of them. I mean, look at them!"


ALL THE COLORS. 

 Do not be fooled by the size of these Kisses-- these, my friends, are HUGE.

This Statue of Liberty model (made because the Hershey Store is located in a resort called New York, New York) is entirely made of chocolate. 

 SO MANY KISSES.

Believe it or not, but this is Rocky Road ice cream.


Mango + halo halo (it's a Filipino food) flavors are so good.

Yes, this is the world's largest chocolate fountain. Cheers.

Both of these were really delicious, although I preferred cherry sorbet if there was a standoff between the two flavors.

Something that the city has, food wise? Sweets. I visited an M&M's, Hershey's and Ghirardelli store, all which gave out free samples and have a ridiculous amount of candy with them. The two latter stores have little bakery shops within the store where they make desserts. It's important, if one gets the samples, to eat them right away, or else the chocolate will melt in your bag or pocket due to the heat and it will be an ugly mess to clean up, something learned the hard way. With the heat, eating a ton of ice cream is justifiable. Trying new flavors is also justifiable-- mango, green tea, and cherry sorbet.

Flowers. Flowers EVERYWHERE.

Look up to the skies and see! (If you get the reference.)

Mini village in the middle of the garden.

Aren't all of these notebooks so aesthetic?

My favorite store out of all the stores-- garden themed!

These flowers are just EEEEPPP!

I love the elegance of this hotel, truly.



I love the ambiance of this restaurant! It's so bright and cheery.

Flower lanterns are so great!

No, this hot air balloon does not fly. Sigh. If only it could...

In order to get from place to place to escape the heat and avoid taking a taxi, we spent our time walking through the hotels as much as possible. Each hotel had its own style, but they all carried a minimalist, classy feel featuring a lot of flowers.

View from the hotel.

Zip lining! Ahhh!

This zip line goes by so fast.

Downtown Las Vegas, also known as Fremont.

There were so many adventures taken while we were there! Visiting stores and watching shows weren't the only things we did. My family went down to Fremont Street, which is the city's downtown area, and decided to ride the zip line. When we first arrived, we encountered zip liners in an upright sitting position, moving along slowly and pumping their fists in the air. It looked fun, so we went to go look for the ticket office-- and then a group of zip liners on their stomachs, arms outstretched, run through, and it was clear which one of the two we wanted to do.

The Dauntless part of me was rejoycing so much, but once we got to the top and started to get strapped onto the cable, all of the laughing dropped. My mouth was soon to follow once their foldable gate, signaling the riders ready to zip down at thirty-five miles an hour, opened, and the moment the announcer on the speaker discussed safety and said, "Go," all screaming went loose. Later, after getting off the ride and buying photos, my dad showed a video. He said that he had no idea how long we were up there, but once my parents heard the high pitched screaming of, "Oh my gosh! SHISH KEBABS," they were like, yup, that's Abby. A video cementing the moment remains on my dad's phone to this day.

View of Mandalay Bay at six in the morning.

Virtual reality is weird, but it's interesting.

Someone else who was doing VR-- although they were doing a tour around the world environment.

Another venture experienced was virtual reality. Virtual reality is such a weird concept because why would you want something virtual if you have the ability to experience the real thing? The place we wanted to visit was closed, so after walking on the street and watching a video about some people with the glasses screaming as they were going through a haunted house walk through, we decided to walk in. I dislike a lot of horror, so I settled for doing the zip lining one despite zip lining a couple days before.

Virtual reality did its job. As I glanced down the environment as its elevator launched up, I was scared over the height I was getting at-- and I was hardly moving! I had to walk around and climb up ladders. The zip line handles in the environment were difficult to reach, and although multiple attempts were taken to jump and reach (while also trying not to step too close to the edge of the environment), the employee walking me through had to help by grabbing my controllers and reaching within the environment because I was too short. I did end up screaming more than once.

I also encountered virtual reality right before we left-- the Cirque du Solei show Ka had a snippet of the show presented via virtual reality, and it was super creepy. The characters are on a rotating platform off the ground. There are people dressed in dark clothing trying to go after you while the people dressed in red try to protect you. The darkly dressed people kept crawling up to you and snarling, sometimes even jumping at you, and yes, like the previous time using virtual reality, I screamed.

In line before heading up the escalators!

About only a fourth of the way through the revolution! 

Looking out to the city.

At the point of this photo, we were around the top!

View at the peak of the hotel.

The last adventure I want to share with you during my time in Las Vegas is visiting the High Roller. The High Roller is this huge Ferris Wheel that gives views the entire city and took roughly three years for construction completion. It's not like other Ferris Wheel city rides, where the cabins will rock back and forth-- the ground on these were solid and stationary. Our initial plan was to arrive during the evening, but since so many people arrive during then and there were schedule conflicts, we rode during the day instead. Thirty minutes of glancing outside through the city-- with information about Las Vegas and the wheel blaring from the TV screens alongside air condition-- was just wow. It just gives the feel of city life and just shows how many people and how many lives are out doing their own thing. And the realization of that still boggles my mind.

Overall, I enjoyed my time in Las Vegas. Do I want to visit this again any time soon? Probably not. It was super cool to visit and break down the stereotypes associated with the city. I actually picked up some things that would work into my novel writing! Las Vegas held a ton of options for entertainment that I enjoyed. When I'm much older than I am now, it would be fun to visit again.

Which aspect of Las Vegas mentioned do you feel like you'd enjoy the most? What was your favorite photo? What's the highest temperature you could stand?

37 comments:

  1. Las Vegas sounds so fun! I love dinner shows, and the Tournament of the Nights sounds so interesting!
    Your photography is amazing! My favorite photo is probably the one of the flower lanterns..They're so pretty.
    All of the mentions of food and sweets are making me hungry :-)

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    1. Dinner shows are so much fun-- it was strange the first time we did it (we did a dinner show relating to a mystery murder case and I got called up several times because of "suspicious activity," which was holding a file envelope with a paper clip supposedly covered in poison) but the second time, we were champions-- sadly, our king, Norway, didn't wind.

      The flower lanterns-- they're goals. I'd love to have a minimalist house but with a white (or at least, bright) exterior porch with those lanterns just hanging up. They'd light up the entire house!

      GAHHHH I'm so sorry I'm making you hungry! Although now that you mention it... *peeks up at post* Yup, that was a LOT of food. xD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  2. It looks like you had an awesome time there! I think it would be cool to visit, even if I'm overwhelmed by the size of LA already xD

    I love the last picture. Such an awesome view.

    Thanks for sharing all of this! It was fun to read! <3

    audrey caylin

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    1. You're in Los Angeles right now??? That's awesome! LA is a pretty fun city to visit-- I hardly remember it, because I was six at the time, but I do remember faint memories of it.

      YESSSS the High Roller does have a great view. Thank goodness for heights-- they're terrifying, but taking photos at that vantage point is just worth it.

      You're welcome! <3

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  3. i honestly loathe vegas' reputation, but it's pretty neat if you avoid the icky parts! also, go pancakes!

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    1. Yeah... that was my initial reaction, too, but I grew to love it. I miss white bed sheets and looking out to the city every morning! I also miss walking along the streets and the immense city vibe. *cries* #TEAMPANCAKE for the win!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  4. WOOO. you had adventures within adventures. oh my goodness. all of it sounds quite exciting and enjoyable (all the sweets especially HAAAA). i was laughing at what your brother said about the King of Norway. XDDD oh maann. also, the virtual reality thing sounds pretty fun, albeit a little scary! the view from the high roller sounds totally wonderful. love the photos from there. how hot did it get in Las Vegas? i think Colorado (where i live) is pretty average. 100 degrees is usually the highest in the summer, with a few exceptions. x

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    1. p.s. somehow in the editing of my comment, i lost the part that mentioned that Las Vegas would be fun to visit, if i avoided the creepy places. ;)

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    2. Adventures within adventures are the best kind of adventures! The sweets were yummy, for sure (although I did get admonished by how much of them I ate)! After the Norway comment, my brother and I practically engaged in a five minute conversation on how his reasoning-- beauty is relative depending on who's looking, good curly hair versus baldness, blah blah blah. XD

      Virtual reality is fun, but it's definitely not for everyone-- you should try it some time though, just to get a sense of it! And YAAAAASSSS heights are THE BEST.

      The heat in Las Vegas? It was around 110... the highest we got was around 117! It's a bit hotter than Colorado. I'd love to visit there some day because I've seen nature photos from there and the terrain is just stunning! You're blessed to live in a beautiful state.

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

      P.S. LOL, Cally, you crack me up. :D Gotta avoid the creepy places at all cost!

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  5. Amazing photos! I also saw a flower ceiling just like that when I was in Seattle. Las Vegas looks like a fun place to visit, though I've never really stopped and explore the city even though I drove through it a few times.

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    1. Thanks, Stacey! That's neat that Seattle has a similar flower ceiling-- I've never been to Seattle to visit it thoroughly, but when I visit the city, I'll keep my eye out for it! You should at least stop by and go on the High Roller, if you're looking for something quick to do when stopping by the city next time going around. The only problem you may run into is parking-- I have no idea the closest parking in the area. >.<

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  6. It sounds like you had a great time. :) We didn't think to stop at Las Vegas on our trip to the US - the entertainment and shows would've been absolutely beautiful and bold and BIG! The dinner show sounds amazing and the medieval period must've been fascinating. The VR sounds terrifying though, I think once they invent shared VR I would dare to try the horror ones...

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    1. I did have a great time. :D Still, it's hard to fit a ton of cities and national parks to visit when visiting the US! The medieval period has always been a huge fascination of mine, so I was just really giddy and acted like a little kid jumping up and down in her seat. I read Microsoft is trying to do shared VR, but keep away from all the horror while they're solo! Or have someone hold onto your shoulders to ground you down that it is, after all, virtual. xD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  7. Your trip looks amazing! I how big and busy Las Vegas is. :) Also, how did you resist gnawing on the Statue of Liberty??? It looks magnificent. XD

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    1. I'm familiar with the urban life in my state, but Las Vegas just ups it up a scale! OKAY BUT RESISTING GNAWING ON THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. It looked so delicious, but it was rather easy to keep in mind to not eat it because that chocolate has been standing there for some time, and there are some wires and internal parts holding it up. xD Different store, but whenever you'd walk past the M&M store, it smells like chocolate and it is SO GOOD.

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  8. Whoa :O This looks so cool! I've never been but it's definitely on a to-do list of mine! I love these pics and it sounds like you had so much fun :D.

    xx
    steph

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    1. It is pretty neat! I'd suggest maybe visiting Las Vegas if you road trip across the continental US? So that way, you'd have a chance to visit the Grand Canyon (which was also another portion of our trip)! Thank you, Stephanie! :D

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  9. Wow! Your trip looks amazing! All your photos are fantastic! And those shows look so cool! I'm in theatre and love seeing other shows.
    I can typically stand pretty high heat. We live in New Mexico and it's been past the hundreds almost all of last week.

    Thanks for sharing all these great photos!

    ~ Pip

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    1. Being a theatre kid and seeing other shows is so much fun. I don't know if they still have this, but the previous time my parents visited Las Vegas, they ended up watching this show where the entire company just did a bunch of musical theatre songs from various shows. We didn't get to watch that, though, but I would have LOVED it so much. (This is also the only reason why they know the song "Anything You Could Do.") xD

      Of course, Pip!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  10. Loved this post and all the pictures! It looks like you had a great time! :)

    www.letmecrossover.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Michele! I'd do my entire trip all over again, if I could! :D

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  11. LV sounds like so much fun! It's on the top of my to-go-to list for sure! Also zip lining is one of my faovurite things in the world. This vacation sounds like a dream to me.

    xx Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

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    1. As someone who enjoys traveling, Las Vegas is definitely worth visiting. Zip lining is the best, and thank goodness it went through this time (last year, there was a weather problem when it came down to zip lining and therefore it got cancelled). I really hope you visit the city soon, Pia!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  12. This is so cool Abby! It seems like you had an awesome vacay and the photography is gorgeous!!! <3 Great post, I read through the whole thing and stared at the pictures for a long time, you grabbed my attention :)

    xox

    Anna - www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. WHOA you're a trooper for reading through the entire thing! *applauds* I hope I didn't make you hungry with all the food photos, though. xD Also, I saw your message about bios-- I'll send that in ASAP. I'm terrible at writing them up, thus the delay. >.<

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  13. This is so cool! I've always wondered what Vegas is like.

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    1. Reading about Vegas is one thing, but experiencing is an entirely different prospect. If you ever get the chance to visit, you should!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  14. Wow, it looks like you had quite the adventure! I'm glad it turned out to be a nice and inspiring trip for you! :)

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    1. Adventures are the best, but for now I'm satisfied just at home, reading or perhaps just volunteering and making jokes. Thanks, Jessica!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  15. Omg I want to go to Las Vegas! Ugh the place is sooo amazing :D Love all your pictures!

    PS. Thanks for leaving a nice comment on my blog ;)

    Homed: Life in Sugar & Spice

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    1. You should do go to Las Vegas!!! I know it's pretty far but you won't feel at all out of place-- there's actually a Seafood City with Grill City, Jollibee, Chowking and Magnolia Ice Cream. Thank YOU, Fiona! xD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  16. It looks like you had so much fun and those photos are awesome! Las Vegas sounds so cool and I really want to go. :)

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

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    1. Wow, I didn't realize how many comments I haven't replied to... O.o Thank you, Nabila!!!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  17. OH MY GOSH THAT LOOKS SO FUN

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT DAUNTLESS REPRESENT (even though I'm full Divergent between Abnegation and Amity)!!!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  18. WOW YOU WENT TO VEGAS. GO YOU. xD

    I learned that the Adobe MAX conference is going to be there this year, and I was like, "I'd love to the conference!!" But it's in Las Vegas. We'll see. That's wayyyyy too far to drive for me so lol BUT YEAH looks like a cool place :)

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    1. IT'S A WEIRD PLACE TO BE, BUT IT'S GREAT. xD

      Yes! Vegas has a ton of conferences (ADOBE WHYYYYY I want to go) when I was there, there was a huge NHL announcement going on as well as the end of an EDM music festival. There are these huge conference rooms in hotels for different events; even psychologists go there to discuss their work. Haha, it's too far for me to drive as well, but it is indeed pretty cool. ^.^

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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