"Capital of kitch? Yes, it is!" Las Vegas by Assenczo

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Why to go

Las Vegas has at least two good reasons for being visited. One of them is its location as a transportation hub in relation to the places of interest in the region. The other one is its Americannes. The quintessential feature of fascination with movies of the American public being implemented on a big and permanent scale in the midst of even more improbable environment is something very unique and very American. There is no other place where Paris is within 15 minutes walk from Venice and New York only 5 minutes away from Luxor. This might sound far-fetched but at the same time who would want to go to all these different places where people would speak different languages (bar-bar- barbarian equivalent for the classical Greeks)and eat God knows what, when here it is all concise and to the point at your fingertips and enormous buffets to boot. Who cares that it is not authentic and plainly approximate? The original is old and the last thing one wants is the drab of age and piles of old stones. Approximate is good enough in person especially when the original is faraway and excellent on pictures that you are going to make myriad of to show back home. Here it is all in its prime, nice and shiny, lit by the desert sun never to let you down.


Another expression of this unswerving Americannes is the deep bow to the wishes of big business and big brother.
While Las Vegas started as a mafia gambling outlet nowadays winds have changed direction. Imagine what an inconvenience it used to be when the big stars, larger than life itself, were forced to tour America; city after city, town after town – all the expenses piling up and cutting deeply into the profits. Now you, the entertainment industry, can have your audience travel on their own budget all the way from the remotest corners of “North America” and beyond and visit your shows which dramatically reduces overhead expenses. And you, the big star, can actually have a life unlike gipsy one and you, the investor, can reap the same rewards with less input. Brilliant. And all of this in a place that was a featureless desert now turned into a massive neon oasis – a very good lesson of how to make something out of nothing, eh!?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Paris and Venice in walking distance
  • Cons:Fake aftertaste lingers
  • In a nutshell:Casinos and much more if you wanna dig in
  • Last visit to Las Vegas: Apr 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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