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Stripping on the Strip

"And this spin, ladies, is known as the firepole. Someone grab an extinguisher -- because you girls are on fire." I wasn't sure what I loved more, our instructor Dani's well rehearsed banter or the fact that she was conducting our entire class -- Viator's Stripper 101 at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino -- in…

Downtown Vegas

"Alex, you have got to come up to East Fremont!" My friend Liz, a passionate Vegas transplant and trusted advisor on all topics, had been telling me this for years. Yet somehow it never quite made its way onto any of my Nevada itineraries. Four trips in and I've done my fair share of exploring…

Britney Las Vegas

My name is Alexandra Baackes, and I have a confession to make. Seeing the Princess of Pop live in Las Vegas? It was a highlight of my twenty-six years on this planet. And I'm not ashamed. The fact that a preteen in the early 2000's was obsessed with Britney Spears doesn't need much of an…

The Flamingo

Long time readers know that the Vegas itch hits about once a year -- this past August, just two weeks after returning from Aruba, Sin City called again. Around a year ago, my girl Zoe and our sisters and I were all in New Orleans having a blast, and started dreaming up what our next…

Rio de Janiero

Well hello there, 2016. A new year, a fresh start. The time for making ridiculously optimistic resolutions. Join the gym. Eat healthier. Be on time more often. (No? That's just me?) All mighty fine intentions, rarely carried through. Yet my good friends at Overnight -- seriously, I know and love this crew -- have made…

Month 49 & 50

My passport stayed firmly in storage for months 49 and 50, in which I continued my US summer of exploration by car, plane, boat and train. Eight cities across five states might seem crazy for a two month stretch, but it's a sign of how chaotic my life was around this time that it actually…

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