Vegas is just too much. I know it’s known for over the top excess, but until I spent the weekend there (doing fairly low-key stuff), I had no idea how much of an assault it is.
So many people! So many shops! So many lights! There’s a lot of a lot.
There’s a Northpark mall in the base of every casino I went to on The Strip. The interiors were amazing, the shops were meh as far as I was concerned.
The same display in the window of identical Louis Vuitton shops was just weird. The fact that I already have access to these places kind of ruined the “excitement” of them.
I remember a construction company that was doing the interiors of the Venetian coming to A&M and showing their work. They were responsible for the “sky” ceilings and all the other truly spectacular details. The name of the company was Italian, and Vegas and New York were their main markets. I don’t think there was much interest from my classmates, it sounded vaguely mob-ish.
We caught the “O” Cirque de Soleil show, it was absolutely amazing what the performers were capable of. The show felt very “French” in the sense that there was some kind of plot that I couldn’t quite follow.
We didn’t gamble and spent most of the time walking and eating, which I’m sure is a typical use of time. Everything is so big and spread out and walking is the best way to get there.
For me the highlights included a Walgreens that looked better than most Sephora’s and was stocked with European and Japanese skincare and makeup lines. It was fantastic.
The other main highlight was Topshop, which I’ve been to in Dublin and London over the years and LOVE, I picked up a pair of oxford booties for a steal.
All in all, I loved the buildings and the show we went to. Didn’t love the people and just the overwhelming stimulation. I spent all of the day after I got home de-compressing in the living room.
Does anyone over the age of 30 who doesn’t gamble or pursue “Adult activities” enjoy Vegas?