This week’s photo was taken while walking down the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California along with my friends Cassie and Kevin from Ever in Transit.
After writing about some travel hacking strategies in Las Vegas, I wanted to share some of my favorite casinos. Although I really didn’t gamble at all except for a couple of bets at the sports book, these are the casinos I found the most interestingly themed and visually appealing. See if you agree.
Having a mini-replica of one of the world’s most famous towers, Paris Casino is one of the most iconic figures on the Las Vegas strip.
From the French theme we go to an ancient Greek theme at Caesar’s Palace. With all the luxury shops and boutiques, this would have been quite a palace for Caesar!
How many places do know that offer indoor gondola rides? The only one I’ve ever seen is here at The Venetian Las Vegas.
Anyone that knows me knows that I love cars. I can practically pick out any car on the road. So naturally, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is going to be one of my favorite events of the year. Here are some of my impressions from the show this year.
The star of the show and probably what most people came to see this year: the unveiling of the brand new C7 Corvette Stingray. I was fortunate enough to see this car a while ago when it was still in development, but it looks even better now. The newest Corvette was redesigned from the ground up, inside and out. As I’m a big fan of exotic imports, I noticed Chevy’s designers definitely took some design cues from some of the Italian automakers. The result is spectacular! It will come with a 6.2L V8 similar to the current model, but will be the quickest base-model Corvette ever built, with a 0-60 mph time estimated at less than 4.0 seconds!
After TBEX, I headed up to somewhere I’d wanted to visit for a long time: Boulder, Colorado. I had heard nothing but great things about the city, how it was like Ann Arbor, how everyone was so active, etc. I spent about a day and a half there, but wish I could have stayed longer. The only bad thing was that the day I was there it was so hot that it was hard to do anything outdoors. My plan was rent a mountain bike and ride some trails since they are at the base of the Flatiron Mountains, but seeing as how it was over 100 degrees I decided that it wasn’t the best idea.
So what do you do when it’s too hot to be active and enjoy the outdoors? You find the best places to eat, of course. I feel like that’s really all I did while I was in town. The first night I went to sub shop on campus called Half Fast Subs. They had a huge selection of interesting sandwiches on their menu. I got a Thai chicken sandwich that consisted of chicken breast, oriental noodles, Thai peanut sauce, carrots, sprouts, and romaine. It was up there on my list of best sandwiches. To top it off, they had $5 margarita pitchers that night as well! As a budget traveler, there’s nothing I like better than good, cheap food and drinks with great new friends!
The next morning, I received a recommendation to go to Dot’s Diner for breakfast. It was delicious and conveniently located right around the corner from my hostel. I ordered an egg scramble with avocado, green pepper, and cheese. Served with hash browns, a biscuit, and fresh organic coffee, it was a great way to start the day.
After practically rolling myself out of breakfast, I decided I should walk around a bit before I had to catch a bus to the airport. UC-Boulder’s campus is beautiful and worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Hopefully next time I’m in Boulder it’ll be a bit cooler so I can go out and enjoy some time in the mountains.