Thursday, May 24, 2012

What happens...

... in vegas (yes, it seemed not too difficult to figure out where we are!), of course needs to be reported here!
we decided after nearly 5 months it was time for another little trip. we came to realize that we are now in the us, and better make sure we see something of it while we are there! on tuesday we wandered around a bit on the strip. there are many escalators which i found ridiculous at first, but proved to be nice when your feet are sore and the heat is driving you mad... wiki just tells me that the strip is 4.2 miles (6.8 km) long, and houses 15 (!!) of the 25 most largest hotels in the world, with a total of more than 62,000 rooms..... as everyone knows, all those hotels are in ridiculous themes, so there is venice, new york, a pyramid, the eiffel tower.... (i was just missing something dutch, but a windmill is probably not "classy" enough to make it unclassy in las vegas). above is the lobby in ceasar's palace (guess what the theme is there!), and in the back you see its casino. its all huge, and the gambling halls are all even bigger, and kind of dark. without clocks, but with many ashtrays. beeehhhh. the smell of cigarettes everywhere is mixed with the smell of fried food and perfume. yes, perfume. every place we wandered through smelled different. but all awful attacks on my nose. our hotel does not have a casino, but its lobby is probably the smelliest of all, it made me feel a little nauseous and my nose hurt when we had to wait some minutes before check-in (im very curious how much and how they spray their "scent" around everyday).
i have been thinking about "las vegas" since we got here. i have some simple rudimentary theories as to why it is here, haha. maybe i will share those thoughts. maybe not... its not for me, but interesting to see! a little depressing at times too, i think. seeing endless rows of slot machines, and mostly somewhat older people behind them. just you and the machine. is it really that much fun...?
 (we tried one "game". 10 dollars. somehow we made 11 of it. then on to another machine, and it was all gone in less than 5 minutes. more than enough money wasted for a real dutch person... :D !)

8 comments:

biebkriebels said...

Ha,ha, it is a weird world indeed. A waste of money and so over the top. But you must have seen it. Enjoy!

Rae Walter said...

I have not been there but would like to get to Las Vegas some time mainly as friends have told me what fun they have had whilst staying (mainly to do with the shows I think). Would be interested on your thoughts as "why here". In the meantime, enjoy your break.

Basak said...

I totally agree that the place is depressing! Did you notice that not many people are smiling while playing?
Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Kate said...

I've been to Vegas several times for various reasons, but my impression of it parallels yours. Not exactly my idea of a fun time. While you are here you really must visit Santa Fe, NM and Charleston, SC. Both cities are delightful and give you a perspective on the tremendous variety here. There are so many places you could visit!!

Wayne said...

Go out to the dam or take a drive in the desert. There are interesting things to see but the strip will get tired pretty quickly.

Kay said...

Some people call Las Vegas "Lost Wages." The best thing I can say for it is that it's a good place to start a road trip.

Though it's hot now, Red Rock Canyon outside Vegas (west) is very pretty, as is Valley of Fire State Park (northeast). Death Valley National Park is spectacular, but is the hottest place in the US right now. There's also the Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park. And there's much more further afield.

Kay said...

Correction: Red Rock Canyon is northwest, Valley of Fire is southeast.

Steffe said...

A fun place to loose all your savings!