Las Vegas Sunset

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO200)

Back to Las Vegas. I think we have stayed here more often then most US citizens already even though the city is boring.

So why go there all the time? To have a proper roof above our heads. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t get spoilt by five star hotels in Asia, OK maybe a little. Most hotels/motels in the USA are fine. They are functional and clean but almost all of them suffer from el-cheapo air conditions that produce a horrible noisy and blow ice cold air straight at your legs. And because it’s always hot outside at the time we are traveling there those aircons have to work hard.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (24.2mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO250)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/8, 1/210 sec, ISO200)

In Las Vegas it’s different. If you can avoid the weekend you will stay in a very fine hotel on the strip for little money. And if you are really lucky you get upgraded. Or the Caesars Palace realised that have stayed there already a couple of times.

When I tried to check in on one of the screens to avoid the long queue on the check in desk it didn’t work. I was tired and a little annoyed when I ask the concierge to help me. He told me that I’m at the wrong place and I need to go to the Nobu tower check in! It seemed that they ran out of non-smoking rooms so they upgraded me to the Nobu tower. The most exclusive tower of the Caesars palace with their own check in area.

When we arrived there were more people behind the reception than people waiting in front. Check in was a breeze. The room was just beautiful and the tower was extremely close to our parked car. If you ever stayed in the Caesars Palace you know that the parking lot is literally miles away from your room. And of course the room was cool and the air condition was whispering quiet. Perfect!

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/8, 1/220 sec, ISO200)

Beside that there is not much to say. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

Maybe I only think that Las Vegas is boring because I’m no longer 25 years old and ready to party until sunrise. Especially with a massive jet lag caused by the nine hour time difference. We had a quick dinner and went to bed.

One remark on the lens: It’s the Fuji XF 16-55/2.8 WR. The big bulky brother of the kit lens that I just got prior to the trip. I tested it on my business trip to Korea the month before and I was impressed with the quality of this lens. I still use my 14/2.8, 23/2 and 35/1.4 prime prime trio on my business trips but for a vacation here the big zoom is the perfect fit. No more lens changes in the windy, dusty desert air and the image quality is night and day compared with the 18-55. Perfect! I think I have said that already.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (16mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO2500)