It’s always a little surreal to wake up in another city on a national holiday, especially one like Christmas. Even in Las Vegas, though, people managed to brighten the nights, stringing up buildings, poles, palm trees, and windows with twinkling lights. And there were carols playing in every store (and casino).
Tonight’s the night we’ve been waiting for … the night when (mostly) all will be revealed. When performers will dance, sing, and fly high above us. When the taboo becomes … a little less so. And when one has front-row seats to the action, well … you can’t blame us for being a little excited. Okay, we’re a lot excited. Wouldn’t you be?
But, before the show hits the stage, we have all day to explore, eat, and play. And maybe learn about Las Vegas’ sordid past.
Today was a bit of a later start than anticipated. But I did get the chance to walk down a bit more of the Strip than I’d seen last night, so I think that helps balance it out. And I got to see what the Strip looks like in the daytime, minus more of the crowds and the lights.
When my schedule for the months of November, December, and January arrived on my desk at work, my first response was to highlight my days off. As you do. My next was to mark the days for family gatherings. Check. And then came the fun part … seeing which of my long weekends matched up with an NHL game in any of the five nearest cities.
Needless to say, there was one that caught my eye straightaway: The Washington Capitals facing off against the Vegas Golden Knights on Dec. 23 in Las Vegas.
Today was our last full day in Montreal, so we essentially went down the list of what we hadn’t yet done. We also took time to clean and check out of our lovely lodging, and say goodbye to our hosts.
I suppose you could call us world travelers. I’ve now stepped foot in 10 countries beyond the United States, and Liz has visited three. It’s still fun to see places I’ve never been before, and even more fun to see them one after another.
Welcome to Old Montreal. Step down from your carriage, mind the uneven bricks, and enjoy the sights.