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23. Achey feet and Michael Jackson

Monday 29th
My alarm went off at eight but my feet were still throbbing so I decided to have another couple of hours in bed. My plan was to do another lap of Vegas on the hop on hop off bus again (I had bought a 3 day pass), call at the big hotels that I'd not been in so far and then do the night tour of the city on the bus which I'd not done yesterday - those plans flew out of the window! My feet just did not want to walk at all so I ended up staying in bed til lunchtime reading and going through my photos and having a bag of Cheetos for breakfast! I am a bit exhausted and just for a little while feel a little bit envious of those people who go on holiday and have a nice relaxing, chilled time - why do I not like doing that?! I decide to give it a go for a few hours to relax and to perhaps get a bit of a tan - my arms, face and chest are a nice shade of brown but the rest of me hasn't seen daylight let alone a bit if sun!! I head down to my hotel pool and get myself a sun lounger, it's a pretty huge pool directly underneath the Rollercoaster and is packed. I last half an hour before I'm too hot so,I go for a dip in the pool and then head to the jacuzzi (via the bar where I buy a frozen strawberry daiquiri just to cool me down - after the I initial brain freeze it is delicious!), the jacuzzi bubbles feel so nice on my achey feet, that lasts about another half an hour before the boredom kicks in and I have to go and do something.

It's time to make my feet do just a bit more walking so I head out to have a look in some of the hotels near me, Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay bay are all linked by walkways, I wasn't too impressed with Excalibur, I didn't find much to look at but Luxor is nice, that's the pyramid shaped one with a giant sphinx and cleopatras needle outside. Inside is obviously all Egyptian themed too, as I was coming down an escalator I spotted that the hotel rooms are actually in the inside of the pyramid walls - the place is gigantic! I had planned to go to Wahlbegers for tea (a burger place run by Donnie Wahlbergs (swoon) family but that was quite a walk away so I nipped into a place called Slice of Vegas which happened to have a happy hour on, I had garlic bread with a real roasted full bulb of garlic, mmmmm - no vampires will come near me tonight and fried ravioli - it should have been disgusting but was yummy, I washed it down with 2 glasses of wine.

Wandering through Mandalay bay I saw the signs for the cirque du soleil MIchael Jackson One show, well I'd seen the signs all over Vegas but this poster said it was a birthday weekend special - it turns out it was 28 years to the days since we first saw him at roundhay park so I thought that it was a sign for me to go and see it - I was supposed to be going on the hop on hop off bus again but decided I'd already done the entire loop and I'd much prefer to see the show so I got myself a ticket, it wasn't particularly cheap but I did get a 25% discount on pretty good tickets.

Once I'd booked I'd got a few hours to spare so I carried on wandering round the hotels - the statue from MJs History album cover is in the foyer of Mandalay bay, there were lots of MJ lookalikes walking round the hotel - well there were some lookalikes and quite a few more looknotalikes!!

I decided to have another walk up to the Las Vegas sign to take a few more pics, it was a 40 minute walking round trip (my poor feet!!), you wouldn't think it was quite so far out but I got talking to an American couple as I was walking up there. I took a few more selfies (none of them very good) and headed back, I was extremely dry (I think it was the garlic bulb I'd had for my tea - I bet I stank!!) so decided to pop Into McDonald's for a coke and to pop to the loos - there are all these beautiful posh toilets in the grand hotels and I go to ones in McDs!!
The roads in Vegas are massive and constantly there are cars whizzing by - there are crossings that you really need to use if you value your life but they take ages for the lights to change - so long in fact that I got chatted up by a bloke while I was trying to get back across to Mandalay bay for the show! Apparently, he was staying in a suite in Mandalay bay and had a jam packed mini bar which I could help him work through - ha ha as if!! There was nowhere for me to go tho so I had to chat to him til the lights changed!!

It was time to head back to get my seat for the show which was fabulous - the story itself was a bit crappy - it was about four misfit kids who found jackos gloves and then became amazing dancers - I thiught that bit was unnecessary but the acrobats and the proper dancers were brilliant. My favourite bits were Billie jean, which had dancers dancing on the walls, Dirty Diana was a lady pole dancer who was amazing and Man In The Mirror which had a MJ hologram on stage which was awesome and had me sobbing through it. One of the dancers only had one leg but had a pretty major dance bit where he danced with his crutches- wow! It was really good and I was glad I'd scrapped the hop on hop off bus idea to come here. As I was heading out there was a man stood at the top of the steps looking back at the stage crying so I stopped to see if he was ok and had a chit chat with him for five mins.

I walked back to my hotel through the casinos at Luxor and Excalibur and decided to have a bit of a last night flutter in my hotel casino. I'd got $30 dollars from the folk at work and still had that in my purse. I'd also been collecting quarters while I was in the states, there's a different quarter for each state and I'd tried collecting them all but only managed 34 so decided to cash them in and put them in the slots, I did fancy a go on the roulette wheel but didn't have a clue what I should do so I stuck to the slots- Gene Wilder had died a couple of days before and there was a Willy Wonka slot machine with his picture on it so I decided to play on that, I won a few times- $2, $3.50 and $6.50 but I left it and carried on playing and lost it again - ha ha! I did get a drink brought to me though, I'd heard someone order a margarita so decided to have one too. I'd finally squandered my money and drank my drink by about 1am, I wasn't too bothered about going to bed cos that meant I'd soon be waking up, my holiday would be over and I'd be heading home.

Steps: 16,601. / 6.8 miles

Posted by cazbatt 12:51 Archived in USA

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