Lost Wages: The Las Vegas Story, Part 1 — Setting the Stage

The Cosmopolitan Wraparound Terrace Suite — A Room With a View — Nighttime

“All there is to do in Vegas is eat, spend and party.”

— unattributed

There are few places on the planet with a reputation like Las Vegas. When people talk about it, you have the starry-eyed “Vegas virgins” who’ve yet to take a trip and see what the hype’s all about, versus  the Vegas vets who’ve been there, done that, but very much know that there’s a new adventure every time you go. Last time I went to Las Vegas, this happened:


…so having survived that foolishness, 2013 marks not just one, but two trips I’ll be taking down to the Gambling Capital of the World, both for very different reasons and under very different circumstances. With little under a month left before I make my way there for Bloggers in Sin City, this first series will cover the trip I took with Sarah from February 15-18.

Our Story So Far

When you get married, everyone’s always asking the big question in a multitude of ways:

“Any kids yet?”

“You guys planning a family?”

“What’s taking you so long?!”

Before you cross that last threshold into cementing your adulthood, you’ll probably try to enjoy your DINC/DINK status (Double Income no Children/Double Income no Kids) as much as possible, because as awesome as kids are, it’s no secret that they crush both your freedom and your wallet.

So a trip to Vegas made for an excellent plan.

Back in October, I’d won a trip to Vegas courtesy of Sauza Tequila from their SauzaSin Halloween party hosted by PartyPeopleTO and organized by Praxis PR — I was already excited then, but I had no idea what would be in store for Sarah and I on this adventure!

The Travel

I’ll never completely get used to how much of a pain-in-the-butt travel’s become (but for good reason — when people are crashing planes into buildings, increased security is never a bad idea), but after check=in machines that refused to scan our passports, unexpected baggage fees and waiting, waiting, waiting, it could only go up from there.

And up it went.

Sauza Tequila definitely knows how to make someone feel like a celebrity — Sarah and I went down to Vegas not knowing what to expect! Despite being woken up to eat it, we were pleasantly surprised to find that we’d gotten meals pain for on the way to Vegas and back, and it wasn’t bad at all! We landed in Vegas without complications, and let me tell you — I’ve seen it on TV a thousand times, but actually experiencing having a driver waiting for you at the airport holding a sign with you name on it is something else altogether.

After Ernie drove us into town (but not before swinging by the liquor store and pharmacy on the way in for all our snacking and boozing needs) and a bit of wandering about (as we were early after all), we walked into the greatest surprise of all.

The Room

When we got to Vegas, Sarah and I weren’t expecting much for a room — a bed, a bathroom and maybe a closet to put some stuff in (it was a free trip, after all) — but when we got up there, it was a very different story….

Our benefactors had sprung for 3 nights at one of Cosmopolitan’s Wraparound Terrace Suites, a 1200-square foot beast of a room offering a king-size bed; two bathrooms; a breakfast table; TV and entertainment area; full kitchen (including sub-zero wine fridge); washer and dryer; and of course a balcony that wraps around the entire room, from our vantage point offering an amazing view of the Bellagio Fountains!

This room was simply mind-blowing, and if I don’t get to experience luxury like this again, I’ll at least die happy knowing how awesome it was!

Sarah wouldn’t let the opportunity go to waste, though, and made sure to pocket the complimentary C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries toiletries every day for future travels and to give as gift back home. (As Justin would say, Sarah was going for max value, but ain’t no joke — these bottles were going for $8-10 apiece in the shop on the main floor!)

Exploring the Strip


We weren’t in Vegas to stay in our rooms the entire time, though — there was an entire city to explore!

On my second visit to Vegas, I was more focused on what’d changed in Vegas and Sarah’s first impressions than anything else. They’d gotten rid of the lions at MGM Grand, opened a new casino hotel or two and added the Crystals at CityCenter (which strangely reminded me of the ROM back home) — but much of it was still the Vegas I remembered from 5 years ago. Still the same labyrinthine casinos with no clear way to make it back out to Las Vegas Blvd. Still the massive portions of food and me never remembering to adjust for Canadian appetites. And of course, who could forget the t-shirt-clad workers lining the streets, promoting all sorts of escort services?

Viva Las Vegas, baby — it’d been too long.

We wandered for much of Day 1 and got our bearings (all while being not-so-subtly reminded that we were in the midst of Chinese New Year) — we’d save far more of the adventure for Day 2!

–case p.

Next up on Thursday: Now that we’ve made our way into Vegas, it was time to see what else the City of Sin had to offer! There were plenty of things to see and do while there — we’ll take a look at all the awesome available!


Author: Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff. When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him. Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

2 thoughts on “Lost Wages: The Las Vegas Story, Part 1 — Setting the Stage”

  1. First things first, WOWZA hotel room! I would be torn between hanging and exploring the hotel room and exploring Vegas outside! Talk about balla, shot calla!

    Second things second, I like the photo essay-ish style of this post. SO MANY IMAGES TO ABSORB.

    You’re making me excited to plan a trip here (for my first legal time there!)

    Did you go to any pool parties or anything?

    1. I can’t lie; Sarah was really enjoying basking in the hotel room. It’s good that I don’t mind sitting around for stretches at a time reading and writing, or it could’ve been a problem 😛 The room was AMAZING. No doubt!

      And yeah, Vegas has no shortage of things to take photos of — it was tagging and giving context to them all that took the most time in putting all of this together 🙂 I’m guessing that all of my vacation posts would follow a similar format, just because it’s so much easier for me to communicate visually about the experiences I’ve had 🙂

      No pool parties in February — I don’t think the pools were even open yet. But when I go back in MAY… 😉

      BE EXCITED. Vegas is awesome! I think after the next time I’ll be ready for another 5-year break, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts 😀

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