September 9, 2015

Las Vegas Insta

Currently on the road in Nevada right now. Here are some photos I took of Las Vegas over the past few days. The weather here was wonderful- sunny, hot, but not humid.

Las Vegas is easily one of my favorite places to visit. Sure, there are the tacky souvenir stores and drunk people of all ages, but everyone is retarded once you set your mind to it. Personally, I absolutely LOVE the vibe of vintage Vegas. The rustic neon signs, the yellow and red downtown casino lights, the runned down chapels and houses surrounded by a few tall palm trees- they all have an unique charm to it.

The hotel Arjun and I stayed in, SLS, was right across the street from 3 wedding chapels. One of them was called "Elvis Royal & Tux". It had a pink convertible parked on the front entrance and on the window it had a huge ad saying "Pretend wedding photos $35".

I was equally amused by the sign as when I met a Vegas local named "Danny" downtown. Danny was a middle aged man who works at a company that sells ice cream machines. He travels around the world repairing ice cream machines.  I was impressed that I actually met a local in Vegas.

"So how do you like living in Vegas?" I asked Danny.

"It's great, except everywhere you go they treat you like a tourist." Danny replied. I was going to make a smutty remark that he was standing in the middle of  Fremont Street so of course people would treat him like a tourist.

"Is crime high here? I hear Vegas isn't exactly safe?"

"Well, I live in a gated community. I think it is quite safe. Sometimes I don't see neighbors for days. But some of my neighbors are crazy. They have these fancy alarm systems in their house. Very paranoid people!" Danny replied.

"Yeah, some people are pretty paranoid, at least compare to me. I don't even lock my door when I walk my dog" I said. I was beginning to feel somewhat comfortable and connected with Danny. Like him and I could hang out and have a few beers.

"Yeah, people with their alarms in their house and cars. I just don't get it... I mean, just get a few hand guns and keep them around and that'd be sufficient. That's what I do."

That was when my face went from :D to :O

"So, you are pro gun control I guess?" I asked.

"Well yeah, all these crazy people out there have guns. The government just let anyone have guns. So you outta have at least one too. To protect yourself against the crazies! Ya know?"

As a Canadian, I never really understood Americans and their fascination with owning guns. The discussion of limiting people who are mentally ill to get a hold of a gun instead of letting everyone own guns never crossed my mind. Because there is only so much you can talk to a person who thinks you need to defend crazies that own guns with more guns. Is it more safe in Canada? I don't know. Is gun control too strict in Canada? I don't know. Is maple syrup as good as Canadian tourism make it out to be? Definitely not. So I nodded, the way a foreigner pretend to understand when someone has finished a sentence.

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  1. Gorgeous!! Love this look!


  2. When I went to Las Vegas last year I didnt like it all - too crowded, too hot... but maybe it was the wrong time and the wrong places!?
    Have a great day!

  3. I prefer the older sections of Vegas too...more authentic (for Vegas, anyway).
    lol, I was going to joke, "Who needs an alarm when I have 52 guns!", but then Danny said something similar for real. But to be fair, I'm hoarding weapons for the zombie apocalypse. :D

    PS - Gun violence has gotten much worse this year. Heck, I think it's gotten even worse just since you've been in Vegas! Now cops are being ambushed/targeted in addition to the usual street shootings.

  4. I'm probably going to get all kinds of heat for saying this, but I think America needs the same gun control policy as Canada (and yes I am American). It is way too easy to get guns in America. You can even buy shotguns at Walmarts in some states!

    Anyway, off my soapbox now. Great pics!

  5. wow your looking Gorgeous. and nice pictures in hot weather

  6. Your photos are amazing, gave me a good vibe about Las Vegas. I've been to LA but I was too young that time to know I have to visit Las Vegas too! Haha!

  7. Gorgeous shots doll! That conversation you had with Danny was a neat one, when I've traveled I've never made it much of a point to strike up conversation with locals although I usually much rather speak to locals than to make friends with other travelers! I'd love to visit LV one day and is that bikini you've got on from Triangl? I'm dying to own that exact same model in the same color! :p

  8. I believe people shouldn't own guns as if it is a tee shirt. Your conversation with Danny brought lights to how life is viewed in America.
    Beautiful images too.

  9. so beautiful, l love it

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  11. Vegas looks so cool Julie... I too don't understand the need to own a gun but hey, I am Canadian... :)

    My older sister lived there for 10 years once and loved it and my oldest daughter visits there often and thinks it is a fun town to visit xox

  12. wow!!! amazin photos!!! ur lookin awesome, as allways)))) omg!! Danny's words ab a lot of guns makes my face :O too))) its crazy, lol))) hope u spend amazin time there)))) xoxo, hunny <3 <3 <3

  13. I prefer comfortable house and neighbours. It's better to go gambling than to live in Las Vegas Because in is the place for having fun

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