I awoke from a brief slumber and opened my eyes to a sea of monolithic, cascading clouds sinuously flowing under me. I marveled in awe as the legendary city of sin peeked at me through the thick mist. I sat exhilarated in my airplane window seat, contemplating what excitement the fertile plains had to offer. I looked over at my family members; my mother, step-father, brother, and step-cousin and noticed their high-spiritedness. We touched down, got our bags, and drove through sweltering heat of the morning.
As my step-dad drove, my brother and I gazed at the desertous surroundings. “I don’t think we in Kansas anymore, Bro,” my brother said jokingly. The sun gleamed vividly as we drove up the sand colored highway, thus beginning our odyssey through Las Vegas. The Circus Circus, The Imperial Palace, and the legendary Flamingo Casino; we gawked at these buildings as we strolled down the strip. We lodged in a large tangerine colored resort called the Wyndham Hotel.
There was such a spectacle of grandeur and rich splendor that filled the hotel. The banners and doors were colored gold and the air was filled with a beautiful floral sent. We walked past the swimming pool and the gaming area where our rooms waited. I went to the sink to get a glass of water and to my surprise, it was disgusting. It tasted like a lead brick that was dipped into a bucket of raw egg yolks.
I expected that a city with such a celebrated reputation would have good, well filtered water but this was not the case. I didn’t mind the water much though because I was too happy and excited to let some bad H2O ruin my trip. After putting up all of our cloths, the five of us went out to go site seeing. My step father lived in Las Vegas for twenty years prior to our visit so he knew the city like the back of his hand. Instead of going to all of the famous spots, he chose to take us to the hidden parts of Vegas.
He took us to this large but inconspicuously placed buffet down town that had all you could eat steak and lobster for only $10.00. I don’t remember the name of the establishment but I do remember how good the food was. The enticing sights and scents that exuberated from the culinary artistry before me was overwhelming. My family and I attacked the buffet as if we were starving and we were after the eight hour long flight. After we stuffed our faces, we went out to the multicolored lightshow that is the Vegas Strip and saw a myriad of shows.
We saw a magnificent diving and acrobatics show called “Le Reve” at the Wynn Casino Resort and a stunning gymnastics musical called “Matsuri” at the Imperial Palace. I wanted to see “Lion King: The Musical” but was disappointed because the tickets were too expensive. After that, we walked back down the strip where we saw expensive cars and super stars. We saw Jamie Foxx as he leisurely rolled down the street in his Rolls-Royce phantom and it suddenly hit me; I’m really in Vegas. I’m finally out of the small Midwestern city of Milwaukee and experiencing a world outside my own.
We stayed in Las Vegas for three days but the short time we spent there exposed me to many great things that I’ve never experienced. The quality time I spent with my family and the excitement and pleasure I felt in the city of sin will be affectionately remembered forever.
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