Welcome to Las Vegas
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My first trip to Las Vegas was in the fall of 2014!
I always assumed that Las Vegas wasn’t for me due to the fact that I don’t party hard and gamble. I had been told: “Well, why don’t you go for the shows?” and I kind of pushed it aside. Until one day I had a conversation with a stranger at a restaurant in Long Island, NY and he said, that Las Vegas was his favorite city in the US. And since I believe nothing compares to New York City that left me a little curious. How could someone who lives in New York like Las Vegas better?
In 2014 I was talking with my family about meeting them on the West Coast and doing a mini-roadtrip. We talked about places to visit and Las Vegas came up. We decided to give it a go!
I found an apartment on Airbnb, which was really well priced and only a few minutes drive away from The Strip.
I had arrived earlier that day in Los Angeles airport, (LAX) where I was picked up and we started the drive from California to Nevada. It’s roughly a 5 hour drive, depending on traffic. We arrived late at night.
We were driving from Los Angeles towards Vegas in the night time and I was patiently awaiting the lights to greet us from the Highway. And boy, did I not get disappointed! As we got closer and surrounded by complete darkness except from traffic – all of a sudden the sky started illuminating from all the Casino-Hotels on the Strip. It was amazing! Though tired after the flight and long drive, I was super excited to see all the lights! WOW!
The first drive through the Strip with Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas blasting from the speakers of the car was amazing! So surreal!
The following days we explored more and agreed that while Las Vegas isn’t exactly what you see on TV its probably a little better in it own way.
Is it better than New York City? No. Nothing compares to New York City but it doesn’t have to. Las Vegas is a place of its own and I’d say a destination for most people. Even if it’s just for a couple of days.
I visited another 3-4 times after that and getting to know the suburbs of Las Vegas I started considering the city as a place for relocation. After more than a year of research and consideration I made the decision to try something new (and I’m a mother, so that had a lot to do with it) and in May 2018 we moved here. To the suburb of Summerlin. Nothing like the Strip but very nice indeed!
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