Saturday, June 28, 2014

My first few days in Vegas at ALAAC14

Hello all; after a couple of crazy busy days I've finally got a few moments to myself, and I'm giving them all to you!

So I'm currently writing from Sunny Las Vegas, NV (it's currently 41 degrees Celsius (or 106 degrees Fahrenheit) outside, so I'm sitting in my hotel room looking back at the last couple of days.

First of all - the conference is going really well - after doing this last year in Chicago, I'm finding myself much more open in chatting with other people and have consequently not spent the majority of my time at the convention centre quietly reading between sessions - on the down side my reading isn't going nearly as fast as it did last year.

Secondly - I've found a great local breakfast/lunch place called Eat, and if you're ever in Vegas - definitely give them a try, the food is amazing!

And finally, I have to say that for a town built on over-the-top spectacle, I'm having a pretty great time exploring the downtown area and the stuff around the convention centre - I've popped into Bally's and the Bellagio but as I'm an asthmatic, the smoke-filled casinos aren't quite the draw to me as they may be to others (also I'm not a big gambling guy, so there's that as well).

What I have found enjoyable, however is a lot of the unintentionally creepy imagery I've come across - perfect example, the giant clown from Circus Circus peering over a neighbouring rooftop at me on my way back to my hotel - if this doesn't settle the whole "Are Giant Clowns Creepy?" argument I really don't know what will.

I head home in a few days, but for now it's back to conference events and potential Elvis sightings.

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