During my stay in San Diego, which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, I had the opportunity to go on a weekend trip to the fabulous Las Vegas. I obviously did not think about it for a long time and before I knew it I was sitting in a bus that brought me and 49 other international students into the shimmering city in the desert.
On the Road
It was already the five-hour ride through the landscape which was a highlight. Driving on Interstate 15, we passed Californian desert terrain and the border of the famous Mojave Desert. I was not only overwhelmed by the beauty of the desert but I also understood what a vast country the United States are. And in the blink of an eye, I realized that I was on the road and enjoyed the roadtrip, the typical American experience, with with every second.
A Fata Morgana in the Desert
After hours of driving through landscapes and passing occasional gigantic resting areas, we could finally discover the shape of the sykline of Las Vegas, which appeared like a mirage to us. And suddenly, we were in the city of hotels, casinos and entertainment.
I stayed at the Luxor Hotel, which is based after the model of an Egypt pyramid and which is of a size I had never seen before. Walking through enormous entrance halls and a center with numerous entertainment facilities, we first had to find our rooms before we tried to find an exit to experience the famous nightlife of the city. However, as the Luxor is connected with both the Mandalay Bay and the Excalibur, it took us about 20 minutes to finally step into fresh air.
On the Vegas Strip
The air was not only fresh but also hot. Despite the late hour and the darkness, the temperature was very high but this could not stop us from discovering the Las Vegas Strip. We were impressed by the hotels resembling palaces and all the shining and bright lights illuminating the streets. But it was the fountain play in front of the Bellagio that was particularly special to me. Of course, a lot of the other students went to the world-famous nightclubs (Marquee, Drais,…) and could even encounter Wiz Khalifa but this was only possible for the over 21 year-olds. Nevertheless, I gathered a lot of unique impressions.
By day, the heat is difficult to bear and so we went to the Las Vegas North Premium Outlet before noon. The outlet was spacious and offered a lot of different shops, in which one could find good deals. But unfortunately, after three hours of shopping, I had spent much more money than I had expected.
In the evening, we went to see Fremont Street Experience. Fremont Street had once been downtown Las Vegas before the city had its strip as the most popular attraction. It was the place where all the old gangsters used to hang out but now it is just a safe tourist area. Its highlight is the long rooftop with its lightshows whereby there is something to discover everywhere: casinos, tourist shops, bars, concerts, street performers, curiosities.
After taking the obligatory photo in front of the Vegas Sign, we were back on the road. At that time, I could not really understand where I had been. Las Vegas is just too unreal and like a sparkling dream. It seems that the city, with all its casinos and glamour, would provide a place where everything is possible. A place to be who you want to be, even if only for a night.
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