In 2010 I found myself with the opportunity to visit Las Vegas. I had never been anywhere like it, but had seen The Hangover enough times to know that it was mental. The chance of a lifetime, I went.
We drove, and as we came over the edge of the city I remember thinking I was in for a ride. Hotels and rides towered over the car and billboards adverting drinking and gambling seemed endless. We pulled p at the hotel and I’m not going to lie, I nearly died.
The Venetian is like something out of a dream. It’s supposed to be a replica of Venice, although there is a bit of artistic licence, but oh my god. The ceiling is decorated to look like a cloudy fresco and an actual canal runs through the ground floor where you can ride a gondola, even stopping to marvel at the Bridge of Sighs. Fantastic.
My experience of the city wasn’t the gambling, drinking and generally being rowdy experience that most people tend to have, instead I went for dinner with my family and went to see Cirque de Soleil, another thing that I had never done before. It was AMAZING! The bodies of the dancers were muscly and ripped, and some of the acrobatics were so dangerous and amazing that you could hear the whole audience holding their breaths.
We ate in a fantastic Argentinean restaurant, and the next day we walked around the Mirage and visited the indoor zoo. Yep, there is actually a zoo in the hotel .Go figure, its Vegas!
If you are planning a trip then you need to do the following. Wipe your mind of anything you have ever thought it will be, because it won’t. It’s like nothing you will have ever seen or experienced before. Be prepared for no sleep, and also immerse yourself with everything it is. It’s a little seedy, a little surreal, but REALLY fun!
I would like to add that my gambling career began and ended in Vegas. I was given a hundred dollar bill (lucky girl) and told to gamble it. I couldn’t bring myself to put such a large amount of money on a craps table, so I played the 5 cent sex in the city game for a couple of dollars before deciding to spend it on souvenirs for my friends. Because I’m good like that!