It’s difficult to experience a city while traveling for work. Still, I try to get a flavor as I go. Last week was spent in “Sin City” Las Vegas.
The way I felt about Las Vegas is the way that I feel about a lot of cities—bittersweet. There were things that took my breath away, like the Eiffaux Tower lit up at night; the glass flowers on the ceiling of the Bellagio; and the beautiful glow of the city at sunset. There were also things that made my heart ache, like the people at slot machines who couldn’t seem to stop; the homeless; the pimps; and the girls who lost have their way.
My Vegas adventure started at JFK Airport in New York, New York. A three hour delay, and then I was in the air on a non-stop flight. Once there, I spent most of my time in meetings and conference sessions. I stayed at Caesars Palace which is, in fact, outdated. Even so, the staff was incredibly friendly & the pools were gorgeous. I spent nearly all of my free-time lounging there.
As far as food in concerned, I made the mistake of eating at two Vegas buffets. Apparently these are a part of the experience—not an experience I’d like to have again. The food at both buffets was dry and bland. (Note: I am not a picky eater.)
I imagine that Las Vegas is a wonderful place for those who love to party, love to bake in the sun, or love to spend money. I am none of those things, and so Vegas was not a wonderful place for me. That said, there is certainly something strange & beautiful about that city in the middle of the desert. I’ll be back for business, but not so sure about the pleasure part. The jury is still out on you, Las Vegas.