Eaaaarly Friday morning I got back from a 4-day conference in Las Vegas.
It was my first trip to Las Vegas, and it was pretty amazing. The conference was hosted by Micosoft, so of course it was filled with bells and whistles.
- Free breakfast, lunch, snacks, appetizers, drinks (yes, even alcoholic ones). Let's just say I had a lot less self-control than I was hoping I would have. At least when it came to the drinks.
But I did pretty well with breakfast and lunch, making sure I had half my plate at least filled with fresh fruits and veggies or a salad. I also tried to lay off the appetizers and snacks between sessions. I only had appetizers one night, and that took the place of dinner.
There was also one night for conference attendees to attend a private party at a club. With free alcoholic drinks. I went waaay overboard that night, to the point where I was definitely still feeling it the next day. Lesson learned - I didn't have any more alcohol the rest of the trip.
- Part of the conference fee was also free admission to a private concert with BON JOVI!! It was pretty awesome. Private is a relative term, of course, as there were 10,000 people who attended the conference. Still. I was able to get really close to the stage. Took lots of pics and a video. Still can't believe I was able to go to that.
- I was able to meet a ton of interesting people from all over the world. I kept randomly bumping into one woman from South Africa. She was fantastic, loved the accent!
- I really wanted to go to the hotel gym while I was there, but it just didn't happen. It would have cost me $18 per use for the lockers in the gym/using the shower there. Crazy!! I didn't have enough time between sessions to also go back to my room to change/shower, so the locker room would have been the only option.
Instead, I did a few 10-minute sessions in my room with jumping jacks, lunges, crunches, pushups, etc.
I also did a TON of walking while I was there. It was nearly one mile for me to walk from my hotel to the conference hotel every day (one direction), PLUS the conference rooms spanned four levels (huge!), so I got a lot of walking done in between each session. I also spent a lot of time checking out the area each night. I have no idea how much I walked each day, but I know it was a lot. I'm bummed that my FitBit didn't make it until after I got home from the conference!
- I made sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day while I was down there, but I was still parched the whole time. I mean, I know Vegas is in a desert...but I was inside the whole time!! (The hotels had indoor walkways connecting them filled with shops.)
View from the hallway outside my room. The hotel is shaped like a pyramid and the inside is mostly open, but it has shops and a casino floor in the middle. To give you an idea of how huge it is, there are THREE Starbucks inside of it.
The inside of my room. See the slope to the wall? Awesome!
The pool viewed from my room.
The view to the right.
The view to the left. See that black area waaaay at the top of that building? That's an open-air bar where I went one night. The next picture is a view of my hotel from up there.
View of my hotel from an open-air bar. It lights up at night. How cool.
The conference was probably at least 90% male...Men have to wait for a bathroom oooone time, and they start taking over ours. WTF?