I have been to Las Vegas recently to participate at a business conference where I held a workshop and was part of a panel discussion about blogging but let’s not rush too fast. Instead of dry facts I will share some fun, thought provoking and surprising things I experienced during my one week stay in the US. I firmly believe that a trip and everyday life in general can be full of lessons we learn and experience. Lately I have been learning how to let go of things, including my recent relocation from Milan to Budapest, letting go of people in general and this was the main lesson I learnt at Everness festival, too (missed that article? read it HERE). So no surprise that one of the things I learnt during this trip is let go of things, namely, stereotypes because no matter how accepting I am with individuals, I had a few picture in my head about Americans, such as
- every American is shallow (and no real interest behind “how you doin’)
- every American eats crap fast food
- Las Vegas is just a street full of casinos.
Just to mention a few of my preconceptions and gosh, how wrong I was! I was lucky enough to spend my entire time with my American friends whom all have taught me some lessons about their lifestyle, habits so I learnt from the most authentic source: from Americans.
I was super excited to start my 15 hour trip as beside being a speaker at the conference, I have been waiting literally for years to finally meet my US friends in person. I believe I was too excited for meeting them so I could barely sleep at all during the flight. Instead I entertained the Norwegian guy next to me and I also watched 2 movies but they could not really grab my attention. Though I looked at the business class passangers with a big sigh for the spacy seats, I was way too thrilled to care about room for my legs or any other extra services. I was up for nearly 24 hours when I landed safe and sound and passport control and customs were much quicker than I expected. The next minute I was reading the „Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and walked out the terminal to feel the desert heat even at 9 pm.
I made a short vlog of my trip, in Hungarian though but you can check it HERE. I was completely blown away in the first minute I saw the lights of Las Vegas and as I watched the buildings I saw only in movies before only one word came to my mind: surreal. They really take every occasion to bring people to temptation: casinos and slot machines are everywhere but you can legally enjoy prostitutes or recreational marijuana, too. The whole city looked like a playground for adults: you can live your wildest fantasy, even if that includes acting as GI Joe on a shooting field. And if you find yourself in trouble (or you relive the movie, Hangover) worry not much, there are specialized lawyers advertised all over the city, alongside with bail companies to help you out from trouble.
Seeing a copy of Eiffel tower with lights or spotting the Ceasar’s Palace and MGM were shocking in the most positive way, I literally had to pinch myself to believe that I was really there. And though whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, I still plan to share my memories in further articles so stay tuned!