Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sleeping Is For The Dead

My days in Vegas started early. I wanted to see as much of Vegas as possible. Sleeping is for the dead after all! I went to the Resorts I had always heard of, some of them at least. There is just too much to see everything in one trip! I also took the bus and went downtown to Fremont Street Experience. It's crazy over there! It's old Vegas. I enjoyed it. It's colorful, they have big hotels and casinos over there as well. Well, there are casinos or slot machines all over Vegas, even at supermarkets, 7 Elevens and gas station convenience stores. To give you an idea. That's what makes Vegas Vegas.

I took a bus from downtown, I went to Premium Outlets. T, my ex friend from Connecticut used to talk to me about Premium outlets. She lived close to one and had bought just about everything she had from there. Everything she owns is a brand name. Most of them are Ralph Lauren. She paid close to nothing for them. all her jeans are True Religion, also from the outlets. She had promised to take me there but we never got to go. I was excited to finally have a chance to go to one. This isn't your mama's factory shop; it's an entire shopping centre full of factory outlets! I just recently found out there are two in Vegas. What I like about the buses in Vegas is, not only do they announce  the next stop, they also tell you what's close by and how to get there, especially with major attractions. The trains in Los Angeles do the same thing, come to think of it. 

I started from one end. I saw a lot of tourists with wads of bags, people be shopping left, right and centre! They were buying extra luggage and filling it up with stuff. There are clothing stores, luggage, shoe shops, perfume and make up outlets. What could be better than that? The luggage store was meh. I've seen cheaper store. It's hard for me to find something in these so called cheap places because I buy my stuff really cheap. I'll go to a store that's not particularly cheap and find things at knock off prices. I am lucky like that. That has spoilt me. I ain't complaining though. I found a store that had cute $10 mini skirts. Nothing to write home about. I've seen the same skirts for $3-$5 in LA. That was the cheapest store! They strategically placed the cheapest store right at the entrance of the shopping centre, to raise give you hope. Things get really expensife from there on. You have a better chance of getting better deals at Ross Dress For Less, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx and Khol's. Or the random non chain stores. I spent quite some time at Premium Outlets because you never know where you are going to find a deal. I wasn't impressed. Especially having just found a few good spots in LA where I bought my vacation wardrobe. I rolled my eyes and headed back to the strip. 

I had lunch at the nearest fast food restaurant and headed to my hotel. It was time to move to hotel #2. I had already checked out of the first hotel and dropped my suitcase off at the second one. Both hotels are along the strip. It's a mere bust ride. Just make sure you don't get lured in by the marketers otherwise you will never get to your destination like I explained here. I checked in, asked the concierge a few things about their services and headed upstairs to my room. I never unpacked. I was only there for a week, no time to unpack and repack and all that. My clothes are all wash and wear anyway, so no stress about ironing. Yippee! My room was so beautiful! Totally different to the one at Luxor. This was at Bally's. You can look up the hotels if you wish to get an idea, I do have pictures, one day when I have faster internet, I will post picture blogs.The room at Bally's was much more modern, it was silver and white with a splash of red. Really cute! It was just a bedroom with a couch and a desk like normal hotels. Unlike the penthouse I had at Luxor. I had the view of the Eiffel Tower of Paris hotel/casino next to Bally's. I wasn't complaining at all. The bathroom was cute and a decent size as well. I took a shower and got ready for dinner date with Daniel. 

Daniel had told me the day before that he might have a business dinner the following day. We had planned to have dinner together every night while we were both in Vegas. He asked if I wanted to be his date for the business dinner. I must say, that made nervous, a little bit. What am I gonna wear? What am I gonna talk about with these people I don't even know? The guy he was going to meet with was going to bring his wife so I was going to balance the scales. Shoot! Are they gonna be like, so, how long have you two known each other? How did you meet? Crap! I was flattered that Dan was comfortable enough around me to want to introduce to business associates. I did secretly wish the meeting would not happen. Is that bad?

Around lunch time, I got a call from Dan. He told me that the meeting had been cancelled. I quietly breathed a sigh of relief. He and I were still on though. Cut back to evening, after my shower in the new room at Bally's...D picked me up. We drove around, did more sight seeing. I love driving around aimlessly. It's one of the things I miss about having a car. One of my favorite birthdays, I had just bought myself a car. I had my favorite CD of that time, Katie Meluah, my then boyfriend had bought it for me for Christmas. It was CD and DVD. I got up early, birthday fell on my day off, thankfully. My apartment was nice and clean, it smelled fresh, I took a nice bath and off I went. I was grateful for my life. I had a job I loved, my own home, had just bought a car I had always wanted, my family was fine, everything was just how I had wished. It was a good day. I drove around from Pinetown, went towards Chatsworth, The Bluff, I was just driving, listening to music, enjoying the moment.Eventually, I went for breakfast, then a boat ride then lunch and then headed home. Anyway, this was a night drive with Dee, even better. I love those, what could be better than going for a night drive is going to a night drive to the beach. Oh man!

We then went to The Stratosphere; the tallest building on the west of the Mississippi. Dang, I just found that out now. I just assumed it was the tallest building in Nevada at least, the west of the Mississippi? There are 24 States on the West of the Mississippi, which include California! Anyway, we went to the top of the building. I didn't know what Daniel had in mind. I didn't care. I knew he wasn't staying there, so we were definitely not going to his room haha. We went to the uppermost floor, you pay to go in and check out the view. It reminded me of the day we went to Carlton Centre, tallest building in all of Africa. My family and some Australian friends went over there just before the Soccer World Cup in 2010. It was nice and dark, the lights were on all over the city off Johannesburg. It's quite a site if you haven't been there, do yourself a favor! We stood up there on the balcony and enjoyed the view while chatting. I told him that I think I wanna move to Vegas next. He was like, no you don't! I told him I was seriously considering it. After all, why not, right? He told me he doesn't like it here, this is his least favorite city, etc etc etc. Unfortunately for him, once a seed has been planted in my head, there isn't much anyone can do. It's not like he was telling me, I'm not gonna let you move to Vegas, you're moving in with me. Not that that's what I wanted but at the end of the day, he didn't have much of a say in the matter. And I didn't even know what he wanted out of the whole situation between him and I and I wasn't going to stick around LA to find out. I had to keep living.


We eventually left. He took us to an Italian restaurant for dinner. Italian for dinner with an Italian, what could be better than that, right? I could always have Italian for desert to aka Him. Dinner was divine. We were the only ones in the restaurant. I don't know where everyone else eats. Looks like everywhere we go, it's just us. Unleessssss, Daniels calls in advance and books the entire place just for us. Haha! They have paper as table cloth and crayons. Different! I doodled on the paper with the crayons while waiting for dinner. D ordered something Vegetarian as usual. I ordered meat and potatoes! Some kind of a stew. It came in a giant pot. I was like omg, what am I gonna do with all these. Pretending to be cute and all, when inside, my heart was smiling. He said, you can take the rest to your hotel and ask them to heat it up for you in the morning. Good idea! He took me home after dinner.We made out and he left, you know the drill :)

14 comments:

Tembz Didit said...

Amazing thing and enviable is the fact that you are very very comfortable in being alone. And in your own space. I think that's very brave. Probably why you survive the challenges of being in foreign countries alone. My earliest memory of Carlton Centre is at age 13. Mom says we have been when I was younger but I don't remember. One thing I remember is going to the Zoo a lot when I was under 10. I suppose that was more appealing when I was a little girl than a tall building. Anyway yeah the most stunning sight. Even when you pay to use that binocular to get the stunning view of Joburg. Is Dan vegetarian?? He orders non meat foods when you guys eat out? Looking forward to the next blog:)

Tembz Didit said...

Have we spoken to the Tortoise since the offer of selling T shirts?

Babalwa Brook said...

Aw, thank you Tembz.
Yes, the animals must have been more appealing to you, hence that memory stuck more than that of the view. I've been to snake parks and Nature reserves but I've never been to a zoo. However, having lived in The Republic of Georgia, I know what it's like being an animal in the zoo.
Yes, Dan is vegetarian. He's very health conscious, won't even eat a piece of candy. Sometimes I order dessert just to make him cringe.

Babalwa Brook said...

Yes. I have. I need to post a number of blogs about that one!

Tembz Didit said...

I don't know if you remember my stint as a vegetarian. My Dr told me to up my intake of soya. I never liked the taste of it. Opted to go back to meat. I was compensating on. Wrong things for protein as a result my cholesterol went up.
So kudos to Dan for being a true vegetarian.

Tembz Didit said...

Oh yeah sleeping is definitely for the dead and especially when you are in Vegas. The company I work for gives 7 day holidays to about 52 over achievers. Since this incentive started they had been going to Vegas and they would stay at the Bellagio Hotel. Everyone who went raved about the fun they had. The way you describe it is exactly how the described it. Sad that for 2 years in a row I missed the trip by jus 1% and 0,5%.

Anyway they went to Thailand for the past two years and it is going to be Dubai this year.

Babalwa Brook said...

Did you notice any health benefits during your vegetarianism?
A lot of people are vegetarian in Hollywood. I had friends who are a couple who were vegan. They would bring me delicious vegan treats mhhhh

Babalwa Brook said...


Lucky them! Bellagio is one of the best resorts. I hope you'll get to come soon! While I'm still here ;)
Or you can get B to bring you on vacay :)

Tembz Didit said...

Oh there are definitely big health benefits to vegetarianism. You eat healthier and are more aware of what you put in your mouth. In my opinion Veganism andVegetarianism are both very expensive lifestyles. I suppose it has its people. But truth is I have gained a lot of weight since I started eating meat. And I am struggling to put it off.

Tembz Didit said...

Amazingly Dani plans to take me to Europe instead:)And Asia. He never talks of the US. I suppose his ancestry appeals more. I will pitch the idea of the US;)).

Babalwa Brook said...

You should consider going back to being vegetarian. There was a time where I would only eat meat aka chicken over the weekend. I lost a lot of weight then but it wasn't just that. I did other things as well. I think people who love meat put more effort into their health when they go vegetarian. I know some overweight vegetarians.
My vegan friends aren't rich. Because they have been vegan for a while, they have their corners where they go for affordable food

Babalwa Brook said...

Sounds great! When is he planning to take you to Asia and Europe? I love to travel, anywhere sounds good to me. I'm traveling tonight :)

Tembz Didit said...

His parents moved back to Portugal so there is a holidays destination called Algarve that we will head to when money is not the matter;) and then Ghowa in Asia.

Babalwa Brook said...

Hopefully that will be soon :)