Sunday, January 13, 2013

USA Part 2: Las Vegas/Grand Canyon

Let me update you for 2 seconds. I send my most excited but exhausting greetings from Miami. Apologies for the lack of posting. I'm sure many of you know that I've been cruising.

(Now I mean this in a literal sense, as in sailing upon the seven seas, although it also makes sense in the mighty holiday spirit of absolute, sheer bliss while in the midst of relaxation and basically doing nothing.)

It has come to my attention that I like to post photos. Perhaps too many photos. Perhaps this is just an excuse to cut down on uploading time and basically effort because I have many more a post to.. post. Regardless, I hold true to my word (you may notice that I never set a time limit on myself).

So, first up after LA was Las Vegas. Just to fill you in on my extremely poor geography, I had no idea that Las Vegas was in Nevada. I thought it was in California. Like, honestly, I didn't even know San Francisco was in California. I'd heard of "NorCal" and "SoCal" from my friends, but I just thought it was a divide, like East or West Germany.

Wow. I must sound really, really blonde right now. That's honestly me. My geography is just.. atrocious. Especially that of the US. There's just too many states.. but I think I've figured out a few things. Like how Florida and California are NOT on the same sides of the country. New York is NOT in the middle of the country. Just a few things. I guess it's not hard to learn, but US geography just never struck any interest during high school, or ever.

.. It's never too late to start, right?

In case you were wondering, the answer is yes. The question is, of course, whether the road trip to Las Vegas is just like in the movies.

We were only away for 3 days, on a tour, and it was pretty much a cram session. Wake up at 6am, go out and explore until 10pm and then that on repeat. It wasn't too bad, but I don't think I could handle it for much longer. Las Vegas night life just.. is in a whole other league to Los Angeles'. Honestly. You can't even compare. The Venetian Hotel is one of the grandest places I have ever seen. I mean, where else are there 3 canals just chilling? We saw a volcano and a water show, which were pretty awesome.

There are a few things to take away from Las Vegas:
  • Pretty much no hotels offer free wifi to guests
  • This is because they don't want you to be on the internet
  • They want you to be either sleeping in your room, or gambling in the casino
  • Accommodation is relatively cheap because surprise, surprise - they want you to spend all your money in the casino
  • Food is cheaper
  • One hotel has something like 8000 rooms in it
  • There is an Eiffel Tower replica that is 35% the size of the original

The second part of this little trip was to visit the Grand Canyon. Once again, let's allude to my poor geography. Once I found out that Las Vegas was in fact, NOT in California and instead, Nevada, I was hardly surprised to learn about the Grand Canyon's whereabouts. I'm still.. not completely sure, to be honest. There's an Arizona side, I know that, and that's where I was.

I just googled what glass is made out of. Silicon dioxide (SiO2), commonly known as silica. Okay, Michelle, stop getting distracted. I don't have that much to go until this post is finito.

Before we proceed onto my commentary, I'd like to divert attention to my new beanie. How. Cute. Is. It?! I picked it up in Little Tokyo in LA. Trust me to pick that hat. Now, my laptop is lagging epically because I'm trying to transfer photos from my phone. There's about 2000 on there from the last 3 weeks. Whoops.

Alright. Let us proceed.

My two cents on the Grand Canyon?

It's magnificent, but only if you're daring enough to peek over the edge. From memory, it's about a 4000 feet fall to the bottom, but don't quote me on that. I'm too lazy to check. To be perfectly honest, I was scared out of my entire mind for a good few hours before we got there. It's like everything, the psych up is much more effective than the actual activity. In other words, you don't really know how you're going to feel until you actually do it. Once I started walking on the edge, I was fine. There were moments when I felt my feet just drop, but I knew that nothing would happen to me.

Overall, I conclude reason for the Grand Canyon's place in the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

And with that, I bid farewell for now. Lots of love! <3


  1. Ugh, your beanie is just too cute <3

  2. I've always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon! It looks quite amazing!

    1. You should go if/when you have a chance! It really opens your eyes up to what the world really beholds. :)