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October 24, 2004

Las Vegas & Zion October 22-24

Las Vegas & Zion October 2004 Gallery LinkMy second trip to Sin City in 2004 (see Las Vegas & Lake Tahoe February 27-29 for an article on the first one). Once again to meet my friend Christian who travels to Vegas twice a year as tour guide.

I flew in Friday night, conveniently after work...

Spent the the night dancing at the Club Rio and with drinks at the iBAR afterwards. Went to bed 4:45 in the morning.

Three hours later - wake up call. Zion is just 2.5 hours away and one of my favorite National Parks. It is very tempting to see the park in beginning fall color. We hit the road at 9:00 in the morning, reaching Springdale (the gateway to Zion) at 11:30.
Upper Emerald Pool
By the time we had parked at the Visitors Center, it was too late unfortunately to repeat my last year's hike up to Angels Landing. The Emerald Pools trail was a great alternative though. Have a look at the image on the left to see what I mean.

Steep walls everywhere. We finished our Zion visit with a stop at the Court of the Patriarchs and the Visitors Center.

This is what I like most about trips to Las Vegas. Combining a stay in the most artificial and fake city of the world with some of the most beautiful nature you can imagine. All in one day.

After dinner, a little nap and a shower it was time for more clubbing: this time, the destination was the Voodoo Lounge. The view over the Las Vegas Strip from the 51st floor is nothing but spectacular.

Sunday, after another very short night more Vegas - super market shopping, a stroll on the strip (the self parking lot at the Bellagio makes a great starting point) and a late lunch at Caesar's Palace. Then the flight back to San Jose - delayed as always.

I want to give Las Vegas' Mc Carran airport props. This article was mostly written using a free guest login to their WiFi network.
 
 

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October 17, 2004

Ch-Check It Out

Check-Ch-Check It Out
What-Wha-What's It All About

I'm all over the place. I started this website today to share that fact with you. Mostly, I want to focus on traveling. However, I might occasionally sneak in a concert or party. Have fun and drop me a line if you like.

P.S.: To confuse you, I will add articles about old trips with their original dates. So they will be listed before the first entry.

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October 13, 2004

Movable Type Up & Running

I'm happy...

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October 10, 2004

Burning Man Decompression Party 2004

Gallery LinkWhen you're back from the desert just long enough to be re-integrated with your normal life, the Decompression Party hits you. Less dust and easier to reach, but with all the art, fire and fancy costumes you need to add color to a grey day.

The incredible counter culture event comes back to its hometown San Francisco. A street fair in Potrero Hill occupying four blocks between Mariposa and 21st Street is designed to twist your head once again when you just had found back home.

Check out the Burning Man Decompression album at the image gallery.

 

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October 02, 2004

Sting & Annie Lennox at Shoreline Amphitheatre

Today, Marc and I were en route to Mountan View to experience Sting & Annie Lennox on their "Sacred Love Tour 2004".

The evening started with a humungous traffic jam - getting from Santa Cruz to the Shoreline Amphitheatre parking lot took twice as long as usual. As a result, Annie Lennox was on stage already when we bought tickets. Passing the security check, we heard the end of "Walking on Broken Glass". A few songs later, she ended her set with "Why". The crowd (an estimated 20,000) kept cheering, so she returned for a somewhat unexpected encore. Hey, technically she was only a support act! The old Eurythmics fans got gratified for visiting with "Sweet Dreams".

Sting entered the stage with two songs from his most recent album. But already the third song sent the fans of his early days (such as me) to heaven: "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" broke the ice. The 101st show on his current world tour continued with a special event: after revealing that Saturday was his 53. birthday, the whole amphitheatre sung "Happy Birthday" for Mr. Sumner.
The next highlight was Annie Lennox' return to the stage for a duet with Sting.
All throughout the show, he kept up a great mix of old and new on his setlist, "An Englishman in New York" was followed by an incredible extended version of "Roxanne". "Desert Rose" and "Every Breath You Take" closed the encores. I was hoping to hear my all-time-fave "So Lonely", but I guess that was asking too much...

A brief word on Shoreline Amphitheatre: a very smart strategy from a business perspective - imagine building a giant concert venue and saving a ton of money by installing seats only in one third of the arena. Then maximize your profit by renting lawn chairs to the audience... brilliant! To be fair, I must say though if you manage to get a spot on the lawn that has a view to the stage, the picknick atmosphere adds to the experience.

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