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Las Vegas – Special Feature!

Viewers, I’ve got another special post for you today, something new and different to spice up this travel blog!

I’m very proud and excited to say that I’ve teamed up with the legendary Travel Enthusiast, Former Orbitz Director of Communications and proud Mom : Kendra Thornton to share our knowledge, tips and experience about one amazing, energetic and vibrant city; a city that has something for just about everyone out there: Las Vegas!

First, Kendra will share her take on the city with us, then shortly after, I will share my tips, advice and secrets about the city.

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Kendra:

Hot Spots for Family Fun in Las Vegas

I love to travel, and these days, I usually bring my family along. When planning a family vacation, I always look for locations with something that my kids will enjoy along with my husband and me. One of our favorite spots to enjoy time together as a family is Las Vegas. It seems that this desert oasis always has something new and fun for us to do.

1. Miniature Golf

My husband is a golfer. The kids and I prefer the miniature version, and Las Vegas has plenty of options for us. We especially enjoy playing 18-holes at KISS by Monster Mini Golf. The glow-in-the-dark course features animated replicas of rock-and-roll memorabilia. The kids love putting into the giant Gene Simmons head. As an added attraction, the course also features a huge saltwater aquarium made by ATM of Animal Planet’s show Tanked.

2. Sharks

In Las Vegas, you can swim with sharks in the middle of the desert. My oldest loves sharks, so when I found out about Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, we had to visit. The water park features North America’s only predator-based aquarium. Here, you can view moray eels, rare golden crocodiles, piranhas and 15 species of sharks. The kids and I also participated in the 45-minute shark dive.

3. Adult Beverages

Of course, Las Vegas has plenty of adult beverages. When traveling with my girlfriends, I once took the Sommelier wine class at the Michael Mina Restaurant. Guests get to explore the nuances of eight different wines. You’ll learn about the effects of soil and climate on grapes. This is a great way to spend date night as well as an awesome activity to enjoy during a Las Vegas bachelorette weekend.

4. Museums

Those who love to learn can have a great time in Las Vegas. My family enjoys taking trips to quirky museums. My personal favorite is the outdoor Neon Museum just off the strip. It displays the history of the city in lights with a park-like atmosphere and design. My kids love spending time at the Discovery Children’s Museum. Also of interest is the National Atomic Testing Museum.

Las Vegas is always good for a good time. I’ve enjoyed traveling there on business and with friends. Now I enjoy taking my family and exposing my kids to some of the wonderful treasures there. With so many places to stay and things to do it can get a bit overwhelming. Sites like Gogobot make it easy to read user reviews so you can better plan your trip. I hope you can enjoy this great vacation spot as well.

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Jordan:

Spontaneous Fun & Hidden Gems of Las Vegas

Las Vegas is always a blast, no matter who you go with, it has something for everyone. Myself? I am pretty open-minded and like to try just about anything, especially if it’s a new experience! I’m going to share with you some advice, tips and hidden gems of Las Vegas that I hope will be at some use for you. Here we go:

1. Restaurants

At one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, how could Las Vegas not have some of the world’s greatest restaurants?
One of my most memorable restaurant experiences was eating at “Gordon Ramsey’s Pub & Grill” at “Caesar’s Palace”.
If you’re feeling a little more on the Breakfast or Dessert side, then you HAVE to try the Crepes at “Le Creperie” in “Paris”. I’m going to let you in on a little secret as well… If you’re looking for a delicious meal that is a little more budget friendly, then look no farther than “Tony Roma’s” on Fremont Street. Seriously, Tony Roma’s! You can get a Steak and Lobster for $11.99 or a Prime Rib for $8.99. You can find details on this special here: Tony Roma’s on Fremont.

2. Entertainment / Shows

I’ve been to Las Vegas twice and without a doubt, my favorite thing to do is see the shows. There are shows that will suit anybody’s interest here: Comedy, Cirque du Soleil, Concerts, Burlesque, Magic and so on. Lots of famous people host their performances here: Shania Twain, Madonna, Carrot Top, David Blaine, Kris Angel, Penn and Teller.
Buying tickets for shows can really add up, so here’s a little tip to nab yourself free tickets and even a free dinner to go along with; walking down Las Vegas Blvd, you’ll notice that there are several individuals trying to grab your attention to sell “Timeshares”. Most of the time, you probably ignored them and walked right by them, but here’s the secret… If you decide to take the free tour that they are promoting, you will land yourself free or highly discounted Dinner and Show tickets; this is no scam, it is actually true! The catch is, you have to spend a few hours listening to their sales pitch and viewing the units, building and property that they are attempting to sell to you. At the end of the tour, a highly skilled sales associate will personally try and sell you a Timeshare – all you have to do is politely decline and then, VOILA! You will have your free Dinner and show!

3. Fremont Street

Most people are attracted to the Las Vegas Blvd strip and frankly, I don’t blame them! With the bright flashing lights, energy, music, street performances, erupting fountains and state-of-the-art architecture, who would not want want to be around all of that? What people need to know though is, Fremont Street is the “original” Las Vegas and it boasts a magic of it’s own. Let me tell you what’s special about Fremont Street! First off, you’re going to find MUCH better deals in this area, probably because they want to take the crowd away from the overpriced Las Vegas Blvd.  When you’re not playing at the Casino, you’ll find that it’s quite easy to find 1-2$ beers, 3$ Margaritas, 10-15$ meals at sit-down restaurants and best of all, the slots are known to be more “loose” on Fremont Street.  If you walk a few blocks up, you’ll find yourself in front of some original and unique bars and restaurants, for example: “Insert Coins” a video-game based bar – you basically pay to play arcade games with friends while sipping away at your favorite drink. How about “Heart Attack Grill”? A restaurant where all the staff are dressed in Nurse outfits and serving you the most unhealthy food that is known to man.  There is actually a large scale just outside of the restaurant that lets you weigh yourself, if you weigh over 300lbs, then you get to eat free!
Looking for cheap daiquiris? I’ll tell you where to get the cheapest in all of Vegas! Two words… “La Bayou”. It’s a small Dive Bar & Casino located on Fremont Street. You can fill up your meter long drink-holding device for pennies compared to the other places out there. The cool thing is, “La Bayou” uses the traditional-style “quarters” to play in their slots and when you win, spits quarters back out at you. Ever heard of those? They are small circular pieces of metal before the “cash receipts” were used in slot machines. A new piece of History for you!

4. Shopping

Las Vegas is probably right up there with London, Paris, New York and so on for it’s shopping scene, it can also get expensive very fast if you don’t have the budget for it. I found that I had the best shopping experiences at both the North and South “Premium Shopping Outlets”. There are literally hundreds of stores to choose from, it really does take a full day out of you. One of my favorite stores would have to be “Under Armour” which is located at the “South Premium Outlets”. If you’re shopping for luxurious brands, then you have nothing to worry about, Las Vegas Blvd is boasting with a nearly-unlimited amount of stores and malls to visit and it’s impossible to see it all in one day. For souvenirs, it’s always fun to check out the “M&M Factory” or the “Coca-Cola Factory”.

We hope this post was informative and fun to read as it was for us to write it!

If you wish to follow Kendra, you can do so by clicking the following link: @KendraThornton – she has a wealth of travel information to provide for you, so definitely check her out!

Please follow me for more adventures, travel tips and advice!

[This collaborative post was written by: Jordan Ilareguy & Kendra Thornton]

For more exciting articles on Las Vegas, visit GPSmyCity.com!

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Romanian Adventure!

I’ve got something exciting to show to you viewers today! It’s a video compilation of my adventure in Romania!

In the video, you’ll see shots of Bucharest, Dracula’s Castle, Brasov, Transylvania, Black Church, Pele’s Castle, Sinaia, Bucegi Mountains, Prejmer’s Fortified Church and much more! I’m still an amateur to video editing, so bear with me. I’m still trying to understand why my HD video does not stay in HD when I upload it; I’m working on it though!

Here’s the video and please, tell me what you think by leaving a comment below!

What was your favorite part of the video? What would you like to see for yourself?

Aside from my adventure in Romania, I am now working on a collaborative article with “Travel Enthusiast”: “Kendra Thornton” on our favorite location in the world and the hidden gems about that particular location.

Keep your eyes peeled!

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Ice Fishing in Canada

Ever wondered what to do during a Canadian Winter? Ski, Snowboard, Ice Skate, Snowshoe, Sled, Dogsledding, Curling?

This is what I do:

That's me - Ice Fishing!

That’s me – Ice Fishing!

Ice Fishing!

It’s pretty simple, really; you make sure the lake is frozen – preferably over 3″ thick, so you don’t fall through. You then drill a hole with an “Auger”, manual or gas-powered:

Gas-Powered Auger

Gas-Powered Auger

Once you’ve drilled your hole, you clear the snow and ice from around and in the hole and then you’re ready to fish!

I’m no Ice Fishing expert; but the good news is, you don’t need to be one to enjoy this cold-Winter past-time! It’s a little bit of technique but even more luck. The fish are so cold, they won’t want to swim a lot, so you have to hope that you drilled a hole over some fish or at least close to them.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

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Helicopter Carrier – Replenishment at Sea

It wasn’t too long ago when I was busy sailing the seven seas – in fact, it was just about a year and a half ago before I made the transition from “Military Warship” to a “Tactical Transport Aircraft”.

I’ve been on several sails engaging in countless roles all over the world, but one of my most memorable experiences while I was sailing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was refuelling an American “Helicopter Carrier”. First of all, I didn’t even know there was such thing as a “Helicopter Carrier”, I’ve only heard of “Aircraft Carriers”, but obviously, they exist! From what I remember, the name of the carrier that we refuelled was called the “USS Boxer”, if that rings a bell to any of you reading this post. The refuelling itself took almost an entire day; “Helicopter Carriers” aren’t exactly a small ship, they’re massive! Every time I looked at it, I almost couldn’t believe it! It really is a technological masterpiece by man – just what all of us are capable of designing and creating when we put our heads together and work as a team.

Take a peak at the video I recorded a while back:

What’s even more amazing, is the amount of fuel that’s transferred throughout this evolution without a drip spilled into the ocean – I mean, consider the fact that two ships are cruising at the same time while this is all taking place, there’s a lot of risk management to deal with. That’s okay though, because professionals are handling every aspect of the job.

If you’re looking for a quick way to Travel, see the world and be paid for it, then you may want to consider joining the Navy. It’s a tough job, you work hard while you’re sailing but you’re well rewarded with time off at your port visit. This bring me into a quote that I utilize everyday in the workplace: “Work hard, play harder”.

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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 

– Augustine

 

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The Traveling Brothers!

That’s right! With twice the amount of traveling, you now have twice the amount of reading!

My younger Brother: “Alex Ilareguy” has made it official! He’s started his own Travel Blog and he’s currently traveling around the world, one day at a time, just like me! It must be in our blood to Travel, that, or I passed the “Travel Bug” onto him. Sorry bro!
We’re both born and raised in Canada, but at this point in time, Alex is traveling around Asia; more specifically: Seoul, South Korea with many more exotic countries coming his way in the near future! You can read up on his adventures by clicking the following link: http://alexilareguy.empowernetwork.com/

Here’s an awesome compilation of snaps of both my Brother and I:

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Alex and Jordan – The two traveling Brothers.

Keep your eyes peeled on my website as well, as I will be traveling to another exotic location in the not too distant future!

If you enjoy our blogs, please do let us know by commenting and/or liking our posts and perhaps even “following” us as well!

Enjoy your new stories, double-time!

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Happy Valentine’s! Be Mein?

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! Today’s that special day to recognize your Spouse or Hubby for how amazing they are! (Shouldn’t you recognize them for how amazing they are every single day, anyways?)

If you don’t have have a special someone, then be sure to spend some quality time with the ones you do love! Ehem… Family and Friends of course!

A few friends of mine here have opted-in to spend time with you on this special day if you’re feeling lonely:

Valentine's Day Leaders!

Valentine’s Day Leaders!

See what I mean? They really are seeking a bit of attention… Okay, perhaps in the wrong way.

Since this is a Travel Blog and I try to encompass my posts around travelling in one way or another, I will apply that ideology to this post. So in that case, we’re going to play a little game and I need your help by submitting your answers!

Looking at the photo I posted above, I would like you to name off each leader (from left to right) and what country they originate from. Bonus points for extended answers giving a brief History on that particular leader.

Please submit your answers by leaving a comment on this post! Please be sure to like the post too if you enjoy this blog!

Happy Valentine’s!

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To Hostel or not to Hostel?

That is the question!

When I mention the idea of staying in a “Hostel”, what comes to mind? Believe it or not, plenty of people out there in the world think it’s a cheap, scummy and dangerous place to stay; well, let me see… Cheap? Yes, most certainly! Perfect for those that want to budget travel! Scummy? Not if you research into where you will be staying and ensure that there are well-written, unbiased reviews. Dangerous? I don’t believe that there are any dangerous places out there, just travellers that are not using their head, intuition and common-sense. Please don’t base the idea of staying or not staying at a Hostel on the movie: “Hostel”. A movie is a movie.
A stay at a hostel can be as good or as bad as you want it to be, it all boils down to preparation and travel research, but sometimes, even for the well-educated and avid traveller, you will sometimes bump into the inevitable. With proper research and travel skills, you can highly reduce that chances of staying at a crummy hostel and making the best of your trip!

I’ll list off some Pros and Cons for you to weigh out:

Pros

  • Hostels are much cheaper than almost any other kind of accommodation out there. I stayed 8 nights in Cracow, Poland for 140$ USD!
  • Hostels are generally located in the heart of the best districts, usually in better locations than most Hotels!
  • Hostels often offer free Wi-Fi and sometimes even a free Breakfast!
  • Hostels often offer private rooms for just a few dollars more, for those that simply cannot sacrifice a bit of privacy.
  • Hostels will provide you with information and ideas of what to do and see in the area that you’re visiting; not only the major sights, but all the local hotspots as well!
  • Hostels often have a common-room, where you can socialize and meet other travellers just like yourself!
  • Hostels may give you a discount if you own a “Hostelling International Membership” card. (Imagine that! Cheaper than the cheap price you’re already paying!)

Of course, there are so many more “Pros” that I could list, but that should be good enough for now. Time for some “Cons”!

Cons

  • You may have to sacrifice some privacy. (Are you really going to spend all of your time in your room anyways?)
  • The bathrooms are usually shared. (You share the bathroom in your house and you share the bathroom with several other employees at your workplace, what’s the difference?)
  • It might be difficult to get some sleep if people are snoring. (The “Ear Plug” is a wonderful invention!)
  • You run the small chance of running into a hostel that is not properly maintained in several manners. (Don’t you run that risk staying at a Hotel you’ve never been to? Besides, that’s where doing your research comes in; read unbiased reviews!)
  • You run the risk of your goods potentially getting stolen if you are not provided with adequate storage facilities with appropriate security features for your gear to be stored while you’re out exploring. (Again, read the reviews. Travelling is an art and you will learn through experience).

    If you have the money, you want the posh lifestyle and don’t have a budget to worry about, then by all means, take the luxury hotel situated in the heart of the city, but if you’re on a budget like me, which is probably most people reading this blog, then you’re going to want to find options that won’t have your wallet screaming in agony.

Here’s what I do:

  1. Enter the URL: www.hostelworld.com
  2. Enter the City and Country you will be travelling to and of course, the respective dates with the amount of people that will be staying.
  3. Click “Search”
  4. Several results will show up, displaying a list of several different Hostels that you can choose from; the best thing to do at this point is to sort all your results appropriately. Click on the drop-down box right next to “Sort by:” and select “Overall Rating”.
  5. Now, all your results should be sorted by the best rated Hostel to the least rated Hostel. Check them out one at a time to ensure that the room that you want is available for the dates that you specified, the Hostel is located in the part of the city you want to be staying in, the price is affordable and the ratings are good. Always keep a keen eye as to what kind of Hostel you may be staying at, as some are themed and even oriented towards “Partying”, which may not be the type of Hostel you want to stay at if you’re trying to get a good night’s rest!

I’ve always used www.hostelworld.com for all my hostel needs. The thing I like about the site is that they provide accurate, unbiased reviews about the Hostel that you could be potentially staying at. Also, when you do decide to reserve your room/bed, you only have to place down 10% over the internet and then pay the remaining balance once you arrive at the Hostel. You also have an option, for just a few dollars more, you can protect yourself from losing your money if a cancellation on your booking is required. You will get credited the balance on the website to be used towards another Hostel in the future.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’ve stayed at Hostels all over the globe and I’ll tell you from first-hand experience that again, with some experience and research, you will find yourself enjoying your stay at Hostels, whether you’re staying in a private room or a shared dorm. I personally, won’t choose to stay in a Hotel again unless I absolutely have to. The most important thing is that you have to keep an open-mind and with an open-mind, you’ll be a happier person in the end.

Last weekend, Amy and I stayed at a Hostel in the heart of Toronto, the “Entertainment” District to be exact. The name of the Hostel was called: “The Clarence Park” Hostel. We booked a private room that had it’s own bathroom and for 40$/per person/per night, you can’t beat it! We basically stayed 3 nights in the heart of Downtown Toronto for 240$ and the room was PRIVATE! No shared Bathroom either! If we chose to stay at any hotel in Downtown Toronto, 3 nights would have easily costed us 450-600$!

Here’s a snap of the place we stayed at:

The Clarence Park Hostel - Private Room

The Clarence Park Hostel – Private Room

As you can see, the room itself is basic, but very cozy, clean and acceptable! The bed is King-sized, there’s a television (which you can’t see in this photo) mounted onto the wall with cable facing the bed. There’s a desk, comfortable chair, balcony and a private bathroom. In the bathroom, you have the essentials: Toilet, sink and shower. There’s no bathtub, but again, think of the money you’re saving, you’re getting the absolute essentials at rock-bottom price in the heart of Downtown Toronto! A very expensive city to live in. The room itself was very quiet with the balcony door closed; we had no problem obtaining a full night’s rest, every single night!

At the end of the day, you should consider trying out a Hostel, what do you have to lose? Nothing, because you’re actually saving, big time!

Keep an open mind, explore, have fun and always try something different and new!

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Vegas Conclusion

It was an awesome full seven days in Vegas, but now I’m back to my home, sweet home and back to the training cell to get back up to the standards.

On Saturday, we were flying home with Air Canada, which apparently is the airline that represents Canada, but personally, I think they shouldn’t be, I wasn’t impressed with their regulations and service one bit.
When I was booking the flight online, the website gave me the choice to select the seats for both Amy and I, so naturally, I chose two seats directly beside each other so we could sit with each other. Upon arrival at the airport, we printed out our tickets only to find out that we were positioned on two different ends of the aircraft. I decided to speak with an Air Canada representative that was working at the gate we were going to enter for our flight, I told her about the dilemma and she responded with: “Oh really? Yeah, it happens sometimes” with a really piss poor attitude. She looked away and we continued to stand there and didn’t do anything about it. Fortunately, another Air Canada representative standing next to her overheard the conversation she had with us and intervened to give us a helping hand. He was very polite and managed to resolve the problem that we had.
When we were leaving Las Vegas, we were dealing with Air Canada again. Arriving at the airport, I walked over to the self check-in kiosk to receive our boarding tickets and baggage tags, only to find out that we were being charged 52$ total between the both of us to check-in just one piece of baggage each. Apparently, when flying outside of Canada, there is no longer any baggage allowance when flying with Air Canada, you have to pay for each individual piece. Seriously, there is not many people who choose not to check-in any baggage on an international flight. It’s absolutely ridiculous. They don’t even allow any baggage allowance for serving Military members. As far as I know, Westjet allows two pieces of checked baggage and then if you’re Military, you’re allowed four pieces.
I urge you, from my own experience, to take Westjet or another airline when flying within Canada, unless you prefer to pay extra and unnecessary expenses.

If you want to save money on your Vegas vacation, stay in “Old Vegas”, which is Fremont Street. You will eat cheaper, drink cheaper, slots are more loose, accommodations are cheaper and there is plenty of entertainment and energy all around you. The “New Vegas” strip is overpriced in every way that you can imagine, but if you insist on staying on the “New Vegas” strip and don’t want to pay 8$ per beer, then you have the option to buy your own beer at any convenience store and drink it wherever you wish, as well, a hidden casino / hotel gem on the “New Vegas” strip, believe it or not is the “Best Western Plus”, where they are selling 1$ bottled Michelbob beers and 2.50$ Heineken beers; it is pretty much smack-dab center of the strip too. For cheap eats, go to the “Earl of Sandwich” inside “Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort”, there is also a delicious smoothie and panini cafe called “Tropical Smoothie Cafe” just before “Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort” that is very fair priced for a filling meal.

We spent entire Sunday just unpacking and relaxing, nothing special… We’re back to the grind with working out and eating healthy; man, oh man did my body feel like a bowl of spaghetti after today’s workout, I’ll slowly get back into routine though.

Back to the wonderful life of flying the world, stay tuned!

Here are some snaps from our last day in Vegas:

Exotic Habitat behind Flamingo Hotel.

Exotic Habitat behind Flamingo Hotel.

Tribute to Bugsy Siegel, founder of the Flamingo Hotel.

Tribute to Bugsy Siegel, founder of the Flamingo Hotel.

Amy, Jordan, Andre and Jen at the top of the Stratosphere, about 107 floors high.

Amy, Jordan, Andre and Jen at the top of the Stratosphere, about 107 floors high.

Amy and I at the top of the Stratosphere, about 107 floors high.

Amy and I at the top of the Stratosphere, about 107 floors high.

Jen and Optimus Prime

Jen and Optimus Prime

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Las Vegas: Day 7

It’s our last day in Vegas and it’s more of a traveling day than anything else for us.

Yesterday was quite the adventure though! We ate our Lunch at restaurant with much prestige: Gordon Ramsey’s Pub and Grill”, which is located in the “Caesar’s Palace Casino & Resort”. Damn, was it ever good! Not only the food, but the outlay of the entire restaurant, the service, everything was just so proper, precise and articulate, but not in an uncomfortable “snobby” high-class restaurant way; the restaurant itself was really “hip” if you want to call it that. Everyone working in that restaurant knew their job and did it to near perfection, they hired the perfect staff; at least that’s how it seemed from my perspective.

Check it out:

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After one of the best restaurants experiences that I’ve ever had in my life, Amy and I trekked on back to our hotel to tour what’s called the “Habitat”. It’s basically an enormous garden that’s been created in the back of the hotel to house exotic birds and other animals from all over the world. They had Flamingos, ducks from Asia, birds from South America and there were an abundance of Koi fish in the water that were also monstrous in size.
I took a bunch of photos, but that will have to wait for a further post as I’m currently waiting at the Las Vegas airport with a limited Internet connection and no computer.

I discovered that my awesome friend Jen was vacationing in Vegas with her boyfriend Andre during the same time that we were there, so we all decided to meet up at “Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Restaurant” for Supper to catch up and have a fun and awesome last night out in town. For those of you who don’t know, “Bubba Gump’s Shrimp” is a chain of restaurants that specialize mainly in shrimp and fish dishes. They base the theme of their restaurant around the “Forrest Gump” movie and have the movie playing 24/7 on repeat. The restaurant is tons of fun; it’s great food and great drinks! I’ve been two the one in San Diego and Honolulu.

One of my Kung-Fu instructors insisted that I must check out the Stratosphere before leaving Vegas. He said that it’s a sight that must be seen! So, that’s what we did! All four of us bussed down to the Stratosphere and rode up an elevator to what I remembered was about 107 floors or so. Man, oh man, what a breathtaking sight of Sin City from the top floor. We were able to walk a full 360 degrees to get a full-on view on the city. To make it even a little more enjoyable, they actually had a bar all the way up there! Looking down through those slanted windows wasn’t adrenaline pumping enough, so Jen and I decided to try out one of the rides at the top of the tower called “The Big Shot”. It’s basically similar to “The Drop Zone” in Canada’s Wonderland and many other theme parks, except this one is on TOP of the Stratosphere. I must have been screaming like a school girl! Man, was that ever exciting as hell! Your body is actually floating in your seat for a few seconds!

That ride finished up our time at the Stratosphere and off to Fremont Street we went to get some drinks, check out the entertainment and play some slots. Jen and Andre never have been there during the night, but I think they had a great time for the time we were there. Andre even won 350$ at the casino, incredible! Last time I won a large sum of money was at the Winnipeg “Regent” casino and I walked out with nearly 1500$. On several occasions my grandparents walked out with at least one thousand dollars or more.

Well, my thumbs are cramping up from writing all of this on my iPhone and I’m going to be boarding my flight soon. I promise I’ll upload photos from my adventure yesterday in a later post. Time to zip forward three time zones!

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Las Vegas: Day 6

It’s pretty much our last day here, we leave tomorrow morning for a direct flight back to Toronto and then a two hour drive home from there.

I think the week has been getting to us… Amy and I slept in until at 1pm! Our bodies were just fried from packing in so much sightseeing in one day, so much walking, starting early and finishing late; but hey, it’s all good, it’s not like I have to work throughout my time here, it’s all vacation!

Yesterday I was feeling a little under weather, but Amy and I still had a great time. We went to the “Tropicana Hotel and Casino” to meet up with our tour guide at the “Mob Attraction” for our “Mob Tour and Attraction”. It was only a small group of us, about 11 people or so. Basically, we hopped onto a small bus and we drove around the city where he explained to us how Vegas all started and then how the mob took it over to run just about every casino in Las Vegas. He drove us around the city and showed us exact locations where mobsters were assassinated and where some crime took place. He also drove us over to a house that was used in the movie “Casino”. Apparently almost everything that happened in that movie was actually true and did take place in real life.
The entire tour started around 5pm and ended around 9pm, since I wasn’t feeling so well, I figured that a nap should be enough to get me going for the rest of the night, but I just ended up passing out for the rest of the night and here I am now feeling better than ever!

Today, we’re going to check our the massive garden in the back of our hotel, where apparently exotic birds such as Flamingos and Black Swans rest; we’ve been in our hotel for nearly a week and haven’t even checked it out yet, but checked out almost every other hotel!

We’re also going to go eat at the “Bubba Gump” restaurant for Supper. It’s a shrimp/seafood restaurant based on the movie Forrest Gump; they play the movie on repeat the entire time that the restaurant is open. I’ve been to Bubba Gump in both San Diego and Hawaii and man is it ever delicious!

Today for sure, we’re going to go to the Stratosphere on sunset because my Sifu from Kung-Fu is insisting that it’s a sight that must be seen before we leave, so that’s what we’re going to do!

Here are a few snaps from yesterday:

New Vegas Strip

New Vegas Strip

New Vegas Strip

New Vegas Strip

New Vegas Strip

New Vegas Strip

 

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