Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 2 in Las Vegas

Tuesday night we ran to the supermarket to stock up with breakfast foods, and settled in for the night. So Wednesday was our first full day in the area. First trip was to the Hoover Dam, only a 40 minute drive from the city. The drive itself was quite pleasant.

First we stopped at the visitor's center and viewed a short movie about the construction of the dam. What an engineering marvel! It's amazing that such a huge structure was built in 1935, with equipment much less modern than we have nowadays. After the movie we took an elevator down, and went on a tour of the power plant. Some of the next few photos were taken by Safa; my little 'point and shoot' Canon just couldn't handle the dim light.

The turbines

And outside was just as spectacular.

The Colorado River beyond the dam:
Lake Mead:

And Hamza standing with one finger in each state, Nevada and Arizona:

We drove back to the city and stopped for a late lunch at Rainforest Cafe, inside the MGM Grand. there might not be anything too special about the menu, but the ambiance was great.

And then we went back to the hotel for a little break, before we headed back out for a show at the Venetian. Gondolas, inside the mall!

Can you tell, Safa is the only one who seems genuinely excited?

Actually we all loved the show. The seats were great, but we probably could have spent less, sat further back, and still have enjoyed the show just as much. The theater wasn't huge, and with all the jumping around going on, everyone got to take it in. Bilal, of course, was very uncertain in the beginning, but soon started enjoying himself once he got over the 'blueness'.

And on Thanksgiving Day we mostly walked around on the strip, taking in the sights and sounds of the bustling city.


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