I had heard a lot about Vegas from friends and I had read even more. That’s not even including the movies I have seen. And as if that was not enough I had youtubed every possible aspect of Vegas before we left (I was a very excited traveller).
Nothing could have prepared me for Vegas. Nothing. Not even Vegas could prepare me for Vegas.
It is HUGE. Huge and insane.
And there are a couple of things it seems to have forgotten
- It is in a middle of a desert
- Climate change
- Global warming
- Starving people
All around you nothing at all – just desert. Perhaps the mafia and the builders of the Hoover Dam took this into account when they decided to build a city but I think not. I think they also forgot that they were in America. This is how I imagine a conversation between the architects and builder of Vegas (Vegas) and the desert may have gone (Desert)
Vegas: Let’s build the tallest hotels that we can
Desert: But there is no water and no rain, how are we going to service these hotels ?
Vegas: We will get money from gamblers and water from dams. And bottles
Desert: Okay we can get tall buildings plumbed and I guess we can get some gamblers in but I am looking to you for inspiration on shape.
Vegas: Me? Don’t look at Me. Look at the world around you. We want Paris, we want New York, hell we’ll take the whole of Italy and stash it in a corner next to a gold soaring tower. Oh and I want Egypt, a pyramid and a sphinx included. And down the road? A volcano that erupts every hour.
I also want a billion lights per square meter and don’t forget I want more slot machines than lights. And while I am at it I want ice sculptures in the lobbies of some of my hotels.
Desert: But I am a desert. You cannot sustain ice in a desert
Vegas: I’m Vegas baby.
Desert: No seriously, we are in the middle of a desert, it doesn’t rain and you want lights that never switch off, you want roller coasters on the top of buildings, you want a canal with gondola rides and that’s before we get to the whacky stuff.
Vegas: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas
Desert: Stop with the Vegas sayings and think about what you are asking of me?
Vegas: *Calls in mafia and gets rid of desert to create insane playground*