I travel the world and I explore for many things. Looking for the Spectacular. To be surprised. To stand in wonder and stare at the scale of wonders. For excitement, to be energised, to leave the small and ordinary world behind. The wonders of the world are so limitless, and the range of human nature is so broad, that we can all find these thrills in different ways and in different places.
Las Vegas is not a normal place. At the start of the flight long announcements had cautioned against alcoholic excess on the flight. Now the tannoy reminded us “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
I have no secrets to hide.
It was my first visit to Vegas and I came feeling curious. I was here to give a talk, and that went well. But within 24 hours I was ready to leave. If nothing else, Vegas made me realise that I fall in love with virtually every place I ever visit. But not Vegas. The miles of hotel corridors, the smoky dayless casinos, the sense of compulsory fun (but always at a price) made me yearn for the sky and something real.
And so, at the urgings of an American friend, I set my alarm for 3am and hit the highway, heading east for Utah...
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