Water in the Desert

Nevada / May 29, 2012 / by Chris
Water in the Desert

Las Vegas exists in its own separate world. As I walked down the street, constantly bombarded by flashing lights and advertisements for scantily clad women, it struck me how little reality here resembled any other city we have been to. I can't say the entertainment here is my personal cup of tea, but I understand how the people this city was built for can be mesmerized and sucked in here.

There was a sort of surreal moment, after we had walked several miles down the main strip and seen more neon signs than any city has business having. We stopped in front of the Bellagio hotel (famous both for its real life casino and its not-real role in Ocean's 11) just as the fountain show was about to start. Frank Sinatra started singing "Luck Be a Lady", the fountains shot up, and for a few glorious minutes we weren't in the middle of a crowded city. We weren't even in 2012; we were in our own little time and place, with nothing that could be more important than just standing and watching the magnificent jets of water shoot several stories into the air. Even if you're only in Vegas for one night, I have to recommend you visit the Bellagio fountain; for me, that is the highest magic that this city can offer.