las vegas and airplanes

February 26th, 2014 / by / in: travel / No responses

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At the end of last year, I went to Las Vegas with my family. I didn’t take very many photos, except of the flights. Las Vegas is one of my least favourite places in the world, yet somehow I have been there many times. I ate a lot of overpriced food, shopped at the Kate Spade outlet, and won maybe $20 at the slot machines. I also saw the Beatles’ LOVE again, and it was still amazing. (If you’re ever in Las Vegas, this is the one thing I recommend!)

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YYZ-ORD and United’s Channel 9. I’m always happy when Channel 9 is available.

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Hot nuts and a Coke. For some reason, I find that Coke tastes strangely delicious in the air (and only in the air).

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Lunch was a hamburger. Mike was pretty pleased.

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I, however, am not a hamburger fan and asked if I could get the Tapas box from economy instead — it’s my favourite thing to get on longer United flights. The flight attendant was very nice and happily provided me with one.

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Palm trees = yes.

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I finally got to eat at In-N-Out Burger!

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ANIMAL STYLE FRIES.

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Brunch at the Wynn.

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A weird photo of both me and my mom.

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I had fond memories of the lobster benedict from a previous trip to Las Vegas, so I had to order it again.

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The wacky carpet at the Wynn.

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ORION BEER. You may remember from my last post that we do not have Orion beer in Ontario.

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Japanese food with my parents.

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Somewhere near Arizona.

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We went to Oatman, Arizona. It’s a couple hours from Las Vegas and filled with fuzzy and free-roaming DONKEYS!

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Don’t feed this one.

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Like Nara, but with donkeys.

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So that’s about it for the photos I took of Las Vegas.

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Our United flight home was delayed and delayed and we ended up getting on a direct flight LAS-YYZ on Air Canada. Unbeknownst to me when we switched, it was actually the FIRST day of Air Canada’s new Rouge service from LAS.

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This is how Mike feels about delays. For some reason, we seems to always get stuck in the Las Vegas airport…

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In order to get ourselves on the Rouge flight, we had to leave the lounge, go back into the terminal, and get new boarding passes from Air Canada before re-clearing security. Boooooooooooooooo.

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This was probably the third time we’d taken the monorail that day.

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But hey, a cool 3floz vending machine full of cute toiletries!

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The waiting Rouge plane.

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The gate.

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Snazzy new Rouge uniforms.

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Business class (“Premium rouge”) menu. I had the pancakes, which aren’t listed.

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Plastic glasses? What is this, US Airways?

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Instead of having seatback entertainment like regular Air Canada, Rouge has a system where you use your own device(s) to watch the IFE. It was actually pretty cool. In economy, you had to pay to watch movies, but it was free in business class. I liked being able to stream from my MacBook, but not having in-seat power available seemed like a major oversight. (Regular Air Canada has power at every seat.) I think that they’re planning to install it in the future but still.

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My pancakes were…fine. Air Canada does not do breakfast food well.

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Mike’s omelette.

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The seats were kind of weird. Not as nice as regular Air Canada business class. More like a premium economy seat. Although it was fun to try, I don’t think I’d choose to fly Rouge again. I’ll stick with mainline Air Canada and United!

 


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