“Vegas means comedy, tragedy, happiness and sadness all at the same time.” — Artie Lange
If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that travelling is one of my favourite things to do. I love going around an unfamiliar town or city and seeing the sights, or just wandering aimlessly and taking everything in. I’ve traveled to quite a few places in my (so far) short life, including various islands in the Caribbean on a cruise, different destinations in Europe while on a Mediterranean cruise, England (obviously), San Francisco, and now… Las Vegas.
I spent the last few days in the city in Nevada with my family and one of my lifelong friends. We drove four hours through the desert to get there, spent two nights in a hotel, saw a concert, ate good food, visited some famous parts of The Strip, and then drove back to California — all in a matter of three days. It was busy, but it was also very fun.
I think had a preconceived idea of what Vegas was like. But being there, in the city known for its extravagance, gambling, and lights, was something else entirely. I almost felt as though I’d stepped into the adult version of Disneyland. It had that fantastical, not-quite-real air to it, and I don’t know how to describe it better than that. It felt like something right out of a film. It didn’t feel (or look) real.
I also felt as though there was this kind of organized chaos to it. As though someone went to the center of the desert in Nevada, and decided to build a load of massive, expensive hotels and restaurants and casinos and music venues slap bang in the middle of nowhere, so close together that they might all feel claustrophobic if they had feelings. And I guess that’s probably what did happen. Sprinkle in some knock-off (but still incredible) versions of world-famous landmarks, include five dashes of half-naked people, a tablespoon or two of money, shiny lights, huge screens, and dollop a whole load of heat on top, and you have Las Vegas — fresh out of the oven to indulge in. And trust me, if you ever get the chance, you will.
Believe it or not, the main reason we went to Las Vegas wasn’t just to go to Las Vegas. It was actually to see Dua Lipa, who I think it’s safe to say is one of my family’s favourite artists, live in concert. Dua is known for her self-titled album, which debuted last summer, and she’s been steadily rising to fame ever since. Chances are, even if you don’t know her name, you know her music. Do the song titles “New Rules” or “One Kiss” ring a bell?
She currently has around 19 million followers on Instagram, her songs are constantly topping the iTunes and Spotify charts, and she’s easily one of my favourite singers to date. Her gorgeous, deep voice, her unique (yet modern, up-with-the-times) sound, and her energy/presence onstage are only part of what make her amazing. If you haven’t heard her music, go and listen right now! There’s actually a Spotify playlist, entitled “This is Dua Lipa” which features many of her hits.
Some photos from the concert, shot by Pixie Levinson
This was actually my second time seeing Dua Lipa in concert, the first being in February of this year in Los Angeles with my friend Savannah (who was the one to tell me about Dua in the first place, bless her heart), and so I consider myself a very lucky girl!
While in Las Vegas, we were also able to visit an aquarium at the Mandalay Bay hotel (the jellyfish were my favourites, as always!), drive down The Strip at night and stare in awe at all the bright lights, and see some of the attractions on the last morning in the city. Seeing the Venetian and walking on the “Rialto Bridge” was uncanny, and certainly strange (Venice, Italy is actually among the many places I’ve been fortunate enough to visit). After having seen the real Venice, it was really weird to feel like I’d been transported back in Italy, only without all the jet-lag and with a casino in the place of the Doges Palace! I’ll include some photos from the trip below!
Overall, the experience was one to remember. The journeys there and back were slightly stressful, but I’m so happy to be able to say that I’ve FINALLY been to Las Vegas! Certainly one for the books!
Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What was your favourite part?