Las Vegas - serious money in a city that can't be taken seriously
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Our trip had somewhat unexpected beginnings. Our first stop was Las Vegas Nevada, with the plan being to endure the neon city for a couple of days for the sake of visiting the Grand Canyon in nearby Arizona. However during our first few days in the states Brent endured a tummy bug (probably just the typical traveler/jetlag thing) and Jill’s minor sniffle on leaving Australia turned out to be a sinus infection, ear infection and ruptured ear drum membrane! The plus side of all this was that we got to experience first-hand the American medical and pharmaceutical system, which made us appreciate how cheap healthcare in at home. And it’s always nice to experience culture beyond tourism isn’t it?!
Added to the minor health niggles was another not-so-minor annoyance – our Grand Canyon tour was cancelled at the last minute due to bad weather! The south west of the US is in drought as we are, but the one weekend we were there the clouds rolled in, the heavens broke open and we were advised that in such weather the canyon becomes nothing more than a soup-bowl of cloud.
Las Vegas itself was a hotchpotch of everything wonderful and awful, shaken up in a bag and spilled out onto one stretch of road called “The Strip”. The architecture is amazingly creative and extravagant – hotels are shaped like castles, pyramids, a roman palace and the hotel opposite us was a replica of the New York City skyline, complete with a statue of liberty and rollercoaster.
It is very much an international city, with people from all over the world flocking to it. Unfortunately they’re all crammed into the same stretch of pavement as you are, doing exactly the same thing as you’re doing, so the novelty of the international flavour doesn’t take long to wear off.
It is a city like no other and we did appreciate its quirks, but we didn’t feel particularly “at one” with it! Still, traveling is all about experience, and we certainly got that!