Goodbye to Uni, hello to America
Trip Start Jun 30, 2012
10Trip End Aug 22, 2012
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30th June I woke up at around 7am a little earlier than I had hoped, but with my tv not working I decided to head straight to the airport, where a bus 200m away from my hotel took me to terminal 4 where I needed to be. After arriving at 8am I had 4 1/2 hours to kill at the airport before my flight - but they went by pretty quick. I was surprised how quickly I checked in and got through security as Heathrow is usually associated with long lines. Once on the plane I tried to locate my seat. I found that my seat was located right at the back of the plane in the central aisle, this meant I couldn't look out of the window during my flight which was rather annoyinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNHUwD6C7kM) usually I see these rides at the fair and they don't impress me, however this one appeared quicker, plus it was 860ft up in the air and hovered over the Las Vegas strip - it was such a thrill but my stomach didn't enjoy it as much. I then headed back to my hotel to go to sleep after 26 hours of being awake.
1st July I woke up at around 5am and struggled to get back to sleep, so I decided to lie in for a bit. I then decided that I better get up as I had planned to visit the hotel strips today. After getting breakfast at McDonalds I headed down to Sahara bush station (the internet said this was the nearest bus stop) - I somehow managed to get stuck in a massive carpark, however after speaking to a security guard he redirected me to the nearest bus station which happened to be on the opposite side of my hotel. I then took the bus to the far side of the strip ( Circus Circus is pretty much the end of the strip)
2nd July I may have not been totally honest with the reasons I was going to Las Vegas - however going there was so worth it as today was the day I was going sky diving. The downside was that I had to wake up at around 5am as I needed to be at the MGM hotel by 6.45, the shuttles along the strip are very unpredictable in their arrival, so I decided to leave extra early. I arrived in good time and went to McDonalds for the 3rd time since I have been here for a quick cheap breakfast (healthy food is like a million dollars here!!!). I then had to fill in a form to sign my life away and after this was complete our shuttle headed down to Jean airport. Once we arrived we found out that there were only 2 instructors for the day, which meant there was a long wait between jumps as they set people off two at a time, I went in the 4th batch. We were then kitted out and off to the mini plane we went - I shared the plane with this guy called David from Manchester. We were given our briefing in the plane and were told what to do once we exited the plane and how to land. David went first and I then went about 10 seconds after him. We then plummeted for about 45 seconds of the 13,000ft drop before my instructor released the parachute. He then told me he would perform a few rotations - which was more like 30 - I felt very dizzy afterwards. My instructor then steered the two of us to this patch of pebbles where we landed on our bottoms - despite going into it quite quick it felt as though we were jumping into a long jump pit
I arrived back on the strip at 11 which was very handy as the box office for the discount tickets for the Las Vegas shows (Tix4Tonight) had opened - I then waited in the queue and luckily they still had some of the cheaper tickets for Cirque de Soleil Mystere (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9JUn1B6oD4) which were going at around £40 ($65) which is very good for these shows. In order to validate my ticket I had to head down to Treasure Island where the show was to be set, I managed to secure some tickets which were meant to be $90, which are just off centre but pretty close to the stage. As I had been walking around for near enough the past two days I decided to relax at my hotel for a bit and try and catch up on some sleep - I couldn't though. Before the show I headed to what was meant to be the worlds largest gift store - it wasn't actually that big - where I bought some magnets. I then made my way to the 9.30 showing - the queue to the show stretched to about half of the hotel - however I still managed to get in pretty quick. The show began with this drunken looking man in a scruffy suit - I thought he was a warm up guy, but he kept popping up throughout the show
After that two men appeared and they managed to support each other in different ways such as a handstand position. The best part of this act was when one guy managed to balance the other guy with just the support of his left leg - they were both lying in a horizontal position. The next act performed a few flips on a bungee cord and kept narrowly missing each other. Preceding this act was a group of trapeze artists who managed to catch other acrobats after they performed a multitude of flips
Next a see saw was introduced and the gymnasts managed to perform a range of flips on a fairly thin wooden plank. My favourite part of this act was when a girl performed a back flip and managed to land on a three man tower just behind her - she made it look so effortless. The weird man in a suit came on again and actually made me laugh as he pretended to perform a magic trip by placing one member of an audience in a box on the stage - whilst he moved into his place next to this mans wife and got a table a candle and some champers out. The show then finished with a large inflatable snail gliding onto the stage- the show was very good but I am sure the director must have had an acid trip making this show - it was so random.