USA - Death Valley - Las Vegas
breakfast in Luang Prabang, Laos, 2009
Always nice enjoying breakfast outdoors on the porch of the restaurant with the sun coming up driving the morning chill away. Hot coffee and eggs and sausages. What does one need more. What I remember the most of all my trips are these kind of outdoor breakfasts. Back in Indochina, where i had my own little cottage and breakfast was served on the porch. Back in Nepal the last day of the Anapurna trip when i had e few hours of sleep in the storeroom of potatoes on a wooden shell...aboven the ktichen which was oprative as sunbreak (5 in the morning) with the golden view of the Himalaya shivering down my bones.
And so we wen ton, packing the Tuscon and calppin gthe trunk with force to close it as puzzling the luggage went more difficult at those times ha! Long trips over the dusty roads right to nevada, the other state and to another state of mind LAS VEGAS.
I really did not knwo what to expect. Traffic was more hectic and rushing than evrywhere else we have been before but hey we Belgians are used to that kid of driving. we had reserved ourselves a suit in de Signature at the MGM grand through internet. We chekced in the car, and ourselves. I stayd at floor 28 and my friend at floor 19 I believe. A huge suite!!! The one of my friends was almost as big as the place where I live back here in Ghent. And the got a little terrace with a nice lookout but big noise from the dancing bar at the pool. A pol which i never went visiting. A pity as i really got tired after a few hours of aimlessly dwellin gcasino by casino. Las Vegas was meant to be relaxing to have somethign else, to drown a bit in luxury. But gambling, no... I really was tempted and i went looking at tables to follow the games a lot but i never went for it. As i did not fully understand the rules it would have been the same as just throwing my money away. Temptation was really hard anyway. Bt i spent it on frozen yoghurt and good food. Becasue one thing Vegas has is good food. OK you pay average Belgian princes for a dish but it's really good. And that made me happy. I wnet walking the night to shoot some nightpictures. But where i was, really there was nothgin but stupid crowds...not like in the TV-series with beuatifull stylish people. i guess that all happens behind the corridorwith teh 'high limits"-signs.
Anyway the roller girls who went to Vegas todl me I had to go to the old strip but anyway what could i've been doing over ther eon my own?
So Vegas, really i can't give you any points. Glad I saw it but it's even more dump than the local Kermis or Sinksenfoor in Antwerpen.
Good food thoug, We went eating our first dish at the rainforest restaurant, exceptional place for kids, but gloomy and every 15 minurtes the animated animals make a deafening noise.
Mister E was fascinated. We also at at great fresh ravioli with truffles at Fiamma's, and italian restaurant near our hotel with great friendly service and they didn't even mind Mister E throwing all things in his neughbourhood with full force to the ground. I even drank a big coffee after dinner, which i normally don't because of the fact I fukking can not sleep at night when i drink coffee.
It's also ironic, that now i had my own place far away from my friends and baby, sleep was really not that good. And seems my friend spent a horrible night that night too :s which had some consequences on the tempo of our trip but we managed to go on anyway luckily!
So because we really were not able to do big things in Vegas we bought ourselves tickets for Cirque du Soleil, they had their own Ka-theatre. I've never seen such breathtaking things like this. The full theatre is used as a decor with moving floor and spectacular smoke and light illusions. I really really enjoyed it so much. I think the tickets were like 170 dollars or somethign per person. We didn't care. It was worth it. I also did finish my enormous ginger drink without having to pee in the middle of the show. Afterwards my friends went sleepig and i wnet for a little strool through the casino's as people seemed to be dressed up , typically for a fridaynight. But no bet placed.
Finding good breakfast in vegas is anohter weird thing. The little bar at our hotel didn't serve what i wanted and all other restaurants served also greasy stuff. Coffe I could find in the starbucks. And I bought myself some egg-dish with toast but I really didn't enjoy it.
Back to nature!!!!