For the very first time wanderlust caught the wife and me for Christmas. We had therefore decided it would be fun to do something we had never done before: book a short trip to our most favorite destination Las Vegas in order to celebrate both her birthday and Christmas here!

All said and done, we have now been residing in a little suite at the Vdara since December 20th. We were lucky enough to get a complimentary upgrade to a strip view so now we are not only enjoying the amenities of a small kitchen and living room but also a view of the Bellagio fountains"

View from our room at Vdara

On our first day here my wife joined me on my poker session for the first time we have known each other to sweat me playing.

Sweat Session at Planet Hollywood

Personally I found this to be quite a cool experience and so did she. For me it kind of increased my focus as I didn't want to play bad or make mistakes while she was watching. I also found that people were giving me more action than usual - maybe it's the kind of "Oh this guy brings his girl to the tables, must be a fish!" thinking that even I have been guilty of. For her it was quite enjoyable watching me and the other people play. She also told me a lot about her observations and perceptions afterwards which turned out to be incredibly accurate. Maybe it's time for her to hit the tables!

I haven't played a single hand of poker within the last couple of days for several reasons. First of all we set out to celebrate the wife's birthday and went on a day trip to Red Rock Canyon for hiking:

Climbing Red Rocks 

Today we are having our own little Christmas celebration that includes a visit to the highly recommended "The Steakhouse" at Circus Circus and tickets to "KA" at MGM. I got to get ready for that now so let me close this post by wishing you all a Merry Christmas to all of you and your beloved ones!

Christmas Tree at the Bellagio