Yes, you all know it – What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but we will tell you everything. We left Bakersfield, CA early in the morning and had a 6 hour drive. The desert and the mountains were great to watch and they reminded us of the song Hairat in Anjaana Anjaani. Of course, Priyanka Chopra was nowhere to be seen. As we approached Nevada, we stopped at a welcome center sign board. Here, we shot a video of us crossing over from CA to NV. We plan to do that at every state crossing, hopefully in 10-12 different ways.
We had lunch at a well known place for Mexican food called Cafe Rio, and also did some shopping for basic amenities. Soon, we were able to see the city from a distance, and few of the taller buildings like the MGM, Paris, Monte Carlo etc stood out. We had booked a year-old hotel called the Vdara, and were quite excited about staying there. Just walking through the lobby, looking at the classy bar and lounge, it seemed like we were going to have a good time. We che
cked in, and after getting into our room, it was like kids at a candy store. We had a great view of the city from the 54th floor. Inside, everyone was checking out the bedrooms, shelves, cupboards, refrigerator and so on. It was a shame that we could not get the curtains to open, only to find that there was switch to do it automatically. Of all things, Rama found a notepad very attractive. We are sure he flicked it. I guess we all agreed that having a house like that would be a dream.
We relaxed for sometime, and then chalked out the plan for the night. First, we rented a limousine for an hour that drove us through the Vegas strip. Next, we went to the Crazy Horse Paris show at the MGM. Later, we hit a nightclub called The Bank, at the Bellagio. Though we had passes, the guy at the entrance was putting up his price. He made us wait, so Saket tried a trick. He slid a $10 bill under his ID, so that it was visible to him. As expected, the jerk’s eyes lit up. He began to let us in, and right then Saket hid the bill in his other hand, and the guy was left gaping! We all loved it. Great music was playing, and we had a good time. We got back to the hotel only at 4 am! The city looks even more beautiful from the top at night.
We woke up the next morning quite early as we had to finish up office work. It’s amazing how one can wake up with minimal sleep when there are things to do. After working for a few hours, it was early evening east coast time (office hours), so we decided to venture out and see as many hotels/casinos as possible. We went to the Bellagio to have the popular brunch buffet. It was a huge spread, and everyone gorged on it. We left feeling heavy, and it was a good time to walk around the city to feel better. We saw the Bellagio’s fountain show, twice upon Saket’s insistence. We visited the Mirage, Caesar’s palace, Venetian, Monte Carlo and a few others. It was then time for another show called Zumanity at New York New York which was pretty wild. After that we were too tired to do anything else, and just hit the bed.
We had a great time in Vegas, something that we will always remember. We were completely overwhelmed by it’s beauty and power.