Day 5 - A place I've been to
One of my favorite places in the whole world is Vegas. I have family that lives out there and I've been there twice. When I was 7 my grandmother decided one night she'd had enough of Madison, packed up our Chevy, and drove my two brothers, my cousin, and I out to Vegas. That was one of the funnest trips I've ever been on. We drove through the Colorado Rockies and got freaked out at how crazy and steep those roads are. My grandma had a panic attack in Texas and we ended up at a hospital ER in the middle of the night where we encountered some cowboys that smelled like the foulest manure. I still remember that. For some reason every time I think about that trip I remember the smell of cow shit and chlorine. Probably because we spent all summer in my aunt's pool. I went out there again when I was 20 and my dad was living out there. None of the adults in my family really drink so when they took me to all the shows they gave me all their free drinks. I ended up smashed at Cesar's Palace the night before I left and puked on the plane on my way home. Good times.
When I was 13 my uncle paid for my trip to Budapest, Hungary where he lives. I had never been on a plane at that time and flew by myself from Chicago to London, then on to Budapest. I stayed for three weeks and it was a blast. I did a lot of things for the first time on that trip. I rode on my first plane, I rode on a subway, and took a taxi for the first time. We visited Budapest castle, parliament, saw a fashion show at the mall, and spent a weekend in Vienna, Austria. When we were in Vienna, my uncle took me to visit St. Peters church. They allow you to go to the very top of the church and view the city through telescopes. I got a little more than I bargained for though. On a near by building there was a naked old couple doing it on their balcony. It was my first time seeing people have sex. It did not make a good first impression on me. Oh the horror of all those wrinkles!