If one word emerged from my recent work trip to Vegas, it was this: spectacle.
My co-workers took in the sights, sounds, and yes, smells of Vegas.
We were stationed in Caesar’s Palace, and it was where we attended conference sessions throughout the week.
There were all kinds of magnificent statues and displays throughout the hotel.
But, not a one of them were the real thing.
Vegas boasted higher prices than pretty much any place in the continental US. And I wondered, why?
The spectacle didn’t offer originality.
Was it fun to roam around in ‘Italy’ and ‘France’ almost simultaneously? Of course. But, it wasn’t it at all. The facades were a welcome distraction from the day-to-day sights and sounds, I guess.
I still found myself happy to be home last night. Home: where a bottle of water is not $7. Word to the wise, if you pick up the items in the Vegas hotel mini-fridges for more than 5 seconds it will bill you for the snack.
But, it’s still a place I’m happy to have seen. Now I can safely say it’s a place like any other. It comes with its own set of blemishes, and the spectacle is somehow just a magnification of said blemishes.
Oh and by the way, the fake Elvis’ expect a tip if you take your picture with them. Just a heads up. 🙂