I love spontaneity. It produces the best memories – the ones that count. Anything that disrupts a routine is healthy for the soul in my opinion. When my friend asked me Friday afternoon if I’d like to accompany her to Las Vegas for a show the following day, I didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation. It wasn’t just that it was a free ticket, but the fact I love last minute getaways; I’d rather my weekend be exhilirating and spontaneous than boring and dull. I’ve learned to always have a toiletry bag handy and I can whip together an overnight tote in a few minutes. I’m pretty much always game for a new adventure.
People told me the ride from SoCal to Las Vegas was boring. I had an entirely different outlook. I thought the desert was beautiful with the massive hills and expansive prairies full of Joshua trees and cacti. I love open nature that isn’t disturbed by industrial life. Maybe it’s because I’m bored of seeing cornfields in the Midwest but I loved the drive to Nevada. Time also flies by when you’re catching up with an old friend!
My first impression of Las Vegas was that it is a very small city. I had to remind myself that it was created for people’s leisure and not a place for business or work. It’s comprised of hotels, restaurants, and of course casinos. We had found a cheap hotel room on “the strip” so we would be right in the middle of everything. It was an excellent desicion and totally worth it to be in a central location. Plus our “cheap” hotel room happened to be enormous and more like a suite! We only wished we could have stayed longer.
The main purpose of our visit was to see the Cirque de Soleil show at the Bellagio Hotel. It was the most spectacular performance I’ve ever seen. The acrobats were doing unfathomable stunts and I was awestruck at how impossibly easy they made it all look. Such talent I witnessed! The coolest part of the show was that it used a stage with a pool in it. They called it the “O” theatre as in “eau” or water in French. Very clever. Between each act the pool would disappear and reappear and I couldn’t believe the technology behind it all. Looking back, I’m still speechless as to how the acrobats were so fearless in every move they made but nonetheless it was pleasing to watch and enjoy.
After the show we watched the water fountain “show” outside the Bellagio. As the sun went down it was beautiful to see the waterworks display at night with the “Paris” of Las Vegas in the backdrop. Just having gotten back from France, I was in my Parisien heaven with the faux Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.
The rest of the evening was spent walking up and down the strip. It was a Saturday night so it was very busy. One of my favorite parts about Las Vegas is the weather. It’s always the most perfect tempurature to walk around in without even needing a light sweater – and I get cold easily! My friend and I visited the M&M and Hershey’s worlds where everything was overpriced but fancy to the eye. Walking along the strip was fun in its most simplest form. The lights at night were mesmerizing and wonderful. I loved the vibe of Las Vegas and how everyone was happy to be there. It definitely is a world of its own since there’s no place quite like it. To compare it to Monaco seems unfitting but the fact it was so small and for an elite group of people made me think of the comparison. In Monaco it’s all about the fancy cars or yachts, the casino, and the wealthy and in Las Vegas it’s similar with the mentality of living (or vacationing) in luxury. Monaco is of a higher caliber and holds more class but in some ways Vegas reminded me of it.
My mini getaway was over before I knew it but the drive home wasn’t entirely uneventful. About 30 minutes outside of Vegas in the middle of the desert is the famous landmark the “Seven Magic Mountains.” I’d seen lots of Instagram posts about it and was excited to experience it for myself. From what I know, a European artist created it and it was installed a year or so ago. It will only be up a little longer so I’m glad I could witness the large art piece. What stood out to me about the sculptures were the bright colors contrasted against the brown hues of the desert. It was a bold flash of color in the middle of nowhere. I love color and it was a happy place for me. There was a steady stream of toursits that kept coming in and out. Thanks to social media, it has become a top place to see and take pictures at. It’s amazing how the Internet brings people together and drives common interest among individuals.
Well, my very first trip to Vegas may not be the stereotypical one where “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” (especially since I’ve basically noted everything I did there on this blog), but I’m happy I got to see what it was like! Sometime soon I’d like to go again! Cheers! <3