Most parents take their toddler to Disneyland or Seaworld or some such kid-friendly place. We decided to cut to the chase and took her straight to Vegas.
Seriously, one of Shanthala’s closest friends was visiting the US from India and the closest she could get to us was Las Vegas. So, to Vegas we went, hauling the little monkey along with us. We stayed at the Palazzo because we got a really good rate and everyone spoke so highly of the place. We left on Friday late evening and returned on Sunday afternoon. We spent all the time in the resort, not even bothering to venture out.
Maya was of course fascinated by the slot machines and wanted to go try them out. They seemed so much fun with the buzzing, blinking lights and cartoonish faces. Saturday night, as we headed back to our room, I eventually conceded to her wish to watch someone play. As she stood there watching, a security guard came by and asked me to take her away. “This is for 18 years and older only”, she shushed me.
Some practical points as a traveler to Vegas. When we landed in Vegas, it was close to 11.15 or so, thanks to a delayed flight. Maya was sleepy and tired. We headed out the limousine side of the airport and were told that a limo ride to the hotel would cost us $44. It costs about $18 or so for a taxi ride. I thumbed my nose at them and headed to the opposite side of the airport exit to get on a taxi. The line for the cab was almost a mile long. At 11.30 PM ! After waiting in line for a few minutes, I decided to unthumb my nose and headed back to the limo. Once we got close to the hotel, I saw the cabs waiting to get into the hotel lobby. The line was another mile long! Luckily for us, the limo zipped past all the cabs and went straight to the hotel lobby. The $44 was worth it.
The view from the hotel room was also cool. As for the rest, I won’t mind if I never see Las Vegas again.
More pictures of the trip here.
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