Trompe le Monde: A Round the World Tour Diary

An online travel diary so people can keep up to date with what I'm doing and where I'm going.

Location: Home, United Kingdom

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Friday, April 29, 2005

Las Vegas (Fear and Loathing and all that)

Las Vegas Strip is a gaudy, 24-hour affair of fake plaster sights, fountains and lights, tourists and limos and big video screens, enormous hotels, lots of marriage chapels and both porn and pawn shops galore. It's great for about five minutes before you start getting tired of the vacuous emptiness of it all.

Basically the idea is that you gamble. But I have no money with which to do that, so for me it's got to be 25c slot machines. Since these are unbelievably dull, it's really not worth doing. Where ordinary pub fruit machines have features, holds, nudges, intrigue and strategy, these have... er... pulling a lever. Zzzzzz...

So it leaves me with nowt to do but wander around and look at the sights. Which isn't exactly a hardship - for the most part they're enormously impressive. In the last 48 hours I've seen circus acts, replicas of Michaelangelo's David, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, several fountain and light shows, and (of course) eaten myself bloated at all-you-can-eat buffets. It's great.

But, like I said, the ultimate emptiness of it all does start to wear fairly quickly, as does the amount of walking I have to do, since The Strip is enormously long and the casinos themselves are huge. At least the alcohol is cheap...

We're off to San Diego tomorrow night, on a night bus as ever.


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