Last week for my 21st birthday present, my dad took myself and my brother to the US. The first half of that trip was to the insanely vibrant city of Las Vegas; which is what I’ll be writing about today!
I can quite safely say that Las Vegas is the most bizarre place I have ever visited. After our 12-hour flight, we were dropped off at our hotel; The Cosmopolitan. As soon as you enter this amazing hotel, it’s like being transported into a different world; we traversed through rows of revellers trying their luck at the slots, and eventually found ourselves at the extravagant Chandelier bar. From here we could find our way to our rooms… 58 floors up in the sky, overlooking the iconic Las Vegas strip. This is not a hotel for anyone who suffers from a fear of heights, looking out over our balcony would be enough to make anyone queasy.
After we were settled in, we decided to explore the hotels on the strip. Anywhere else in the world, this would seem like a boring activity, but in Vegas each hotel has something unique and amazing inside of it. My personal favourite was The Venetian which was decorated to imitate Italy inside; complete with lovely cobbled streets, canals, and gondola rides. The ceiling is painted to look like a beautiful sunset and feels so realistic that it’s easy to forget that you’re inside until you step outside into the Nevada sunshine. After exploring a few of the sights that Vegas had to offer in what felt like a trip around Europe I had myself a well-earned bubble bath overlooking the strip and then we treated ourselves to the all-you-can-eat buffet at the Wicked Spoon (which, by the way, is awesome.)
The next day we visited the super gross but really interesting “Real Bodies” exhibit. Whilst very morbid and not for the faint-hearted, “Real Bodies” was a unique and fascinating exhibit which showcased perfectly preserved bodies in different poses- stripped of their skin and sectioned in different ways so that you could see the inner workings of the body. As horrific as it sounds, it was really well done and beautifully displayed… Perhaps the only part that caught me off guard and made me shudder was a small room shielded by a curtain that contained an intact human skin on a hanger… Gross.
In a lighter (and far less grotesque) evening activity we also went to see Penn and Teller. I do not wish to spoil anything for anyone planning to see them but their show is an absolute MUST- especially in their own theatre at the Rio! It is very traditional, old-school magic but it is flawlessly performed and utterly breathtaking. An added bonus is that they both meet every single fan after the show and are extremely humble and welcoming, they have time for every single audience member.
There is so much that we crammed into our days in Vegas that I fear this post would get too long if I included all of it! In short, Vegas surprised me in the best way possible, and whilst there are some seedy undertones, the glitz and glam of the place overwhelms this and there is so much to do that you could never possibly be bored. I would highly recommend it as there really is no other place on Earth like Las Vegas!