So much for the Big One

Trip Start Apr 08, 2013
Trip End Sep 25, 2013

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I  have never really harboured a desire to go to Las Vegas or for that matter to the Grand Canyon. For me, Vegas signifies everything I find tacky and shallow.  Yes, I guess that's part of the point, to spend some time in fantasy.  But  I don't need fantasy when I have the awe inspiring reality of nature and life itself.  And if that sounds  ........shit ..... Well too bad that's how I feel.  

So it was with some reservation but trying to keep an open mind, that I made the inevitable journey towards Vegas, with the Grand Canyon yet to see.  I must admit, after what we've seen, I was expecting great things from this Grand one.  

Ok it is grand.  And very big.  And very deep.  But what a disappointment by comparison to the wonders of the other sights we have feasted our eyes on.  I have hardly any pictures of this canyon because .... It's just not photogenic, the beautiful colours are not there, the amazing shapes, the breathtaking vistas, all missing.  And there were so many people, all snapping away, and coming from the relative peace and calm of the parks we've just visited, it all seems busy and overrated.  What a thing to say - disappointed with the Grand Canyon, but there we are.  Maybe I have become (even) harder to please.  So we didn't actually stay long, we did a rapid drive through, didn't see anything that blew our minds, and headed to Vegas.

If I thought the Grand Canyon was busy and  overrated,  Vegas was my nightmare.  I hated it from the minute we stepped into the foyer of the MGM grand hotel on Las Vegas strip!  Noise, constant noise, assaults you from every direction.   Hundreds of Slot machines, thousands of people, piped music everywhere, huge video screens demanding your attention, and the most eclectic gathering of tourists you're ever likely to see in one place!  People overdressed, underdressed, plastic everywhere, from bodies to credit cards to gaming tables, smoking, drinking,  gambling.  The boys check out the girls, the girls check out the girls and everything is in competition with everything else.    I won't forget the SMELL of our hotel, a carefully engineered smell designed to obliterate the undesirable smell of human sweat, stale tobacco and lust.  The smell is overpowering and gets into your clothes and hair and I hated it.  

Everything about Vegas is designed to make you part with your money and indulge in the excesses that human nature is prone to.  When you walk down the strip hand in hand with your partner, a hundred cards are thrust into your man's hand offering him "girls in 20 minutes".   You can't avoid the pimps and touts.  The hotels which Vegas is famous for are fun and amusing to walk through, but you have to jostle with several thousand other people as you are invisibly propelled by the crowd.  The sheer size of our hotel meant that you were literally knackered by the time you walked through it to get to the outside, with temperatures of 98 degrees, the heat is like walking Into a wall of fire and is as oppressive as the greed this city is based on. 

There is no peace or sanity anywhere in Vegas and we spent three nights too long there for me. 

 What a misery I am

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Alana on

Sounds like the best bit of your trip Mumma! Honestly, some people. Maybe you missed out on all the happy hours! Love you xxxxxxxx

Suzie b on

Blimey, sounds like you had a blast. Did make me chuckle, baa humbug. Vegas it is then for my next holiday. Didn't feel the love Chris : ).

tim on

Got a car that smells of sweat, tobacco and rust; Also any journey in it leaves you feeling could have saved all that travelling around and had a similar experience here!

tim on

Bland canyon!

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