Touring Las Vegas | #siantreksamerica
Day four was a free day in LAS VEGAS! The morning started slowly... I got myself together, went for a couple of rounds of the buffet breakfast at the hotel, and then started looking for other members of my group to explore the city with. Before even reaching the city, we had been strongly encouraged not to go out alone by our Trek Leader. Las Vegas is a bustling place, and there's all kinds of characters loitering in the streets.
Hanging around in the foyer paid off when I spotted Bec and Laura. Once Mari had returned from the gun range, the first port of call was purchasing tickets for the day. I quickly found that buying in advance for the activities you want to experience in the city is the best way to go. Unable to get booked into The Beatles Cirque Du Soleil Show, unless we fancied sitting in separate corners of the venue, led to us securing tickets to see the Blue Man Group instead.
Following a failed attempt to get into the Neon Museum (Always book beforehand, kids!), touring The Mob Museum kicked off our day. Admittedly when the group mentioned they were keen to see The Mob Museum it wasn't something I had heard of, nor was particularly fussed about seeing. That being said, I just wanted to go with the flow of everyone else, so went along any way - and I'm SO glad I did!
I was so pleasantly surprised with the Mob Museum that I would actually recommend it to anyone planning a visit to Las Vegas. It's three floors packed with various exhibits; ranging from the retelling of gang origins to the downfall of mob crime. There are films, photograph opportunities, demonstrations, and various interactive activities; all governed by incredibly accommodating and friendly staff.
I adored revisiting aspects of prohibition I had studied years ago at school, learning of Eunice Carter, and all about G-Speak (I knew Dirtbag meant 'Bad Guy' but finding out Dirtbaguette was terminology for a 'Bad Girl' completely made my day!), and seeing the hazmat suits and masks used in one of my all time favourite shows - Breaking Bad - was an unexpected treat too.
Two hours of wandering around the museum later, the Eiffel Tower was on the cards... Was being the key word here. Unfortunately the wind that continued to pick up led to the closure of the tower, and meant we had to find something else to do. After a quick go on the slotties, we decided to meander down the strip towards the Luxor; taking pictures and popping into some of the novelty shops along the way.
For dinner we had a reservation at the House of Blues inside the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, which I was thrilled about. I first heard of the House of Blues in a film I watched repeatedly during childhood, the Freaky Friday (2003) remake, and have heard of it numerous times in pop culture since. I feasted on the Portobello Sandwich and Triple Chocolate Cheesecake - amidst us laughing hysterically at absolutely nothing in particular, but not being able to stop giggling! SO GOOD.
Before we knew it, it was time for Blue Man Group show. As soon as I saw this was a show in Las Vegas I was beyond keen to see it - so when it became a viable option, I was SO pumped from the get go. For me, every disappointment of the day felt insignificant, because I was so excited for this show. I saw the Blue Man Group on TV as a kid and have thought they were fantastic since. I didn't ever think they would be something I would get the chance to see, and so was buzzing when I took my seat.
I LOVED the show. It was the perfect mix of skill, hilarity and music - with the group doing what they do best; fashioning a variety of articles into instruments. I especially liked that they chose to have so much audience participation. I don't want to say too much for anyone who is thinking about going, but what I will say is to be prepared to get involved in some way, shape or form!
As the small hours of the morning crept in, Abi and I decided to ride the zipline through Fremont Street. Originally I was hoping to ride the Slotzilla, where you ride the zipline in a superman pose, but as it was sold out for the evening, I was more than happy to give the alternative a go! I was pleasantly surprised to find that the zipline goes fairly slowly and so it didn't feel like the experience flashed by in an instant. As I was dangling from the line waiting to be released, I was gearing myself up to be tearing down the line, but totally welcomed being able to fully take in the views from above... And then it was time for bed.