Am I really leaving my beloved Coco to move back to Las Vegas? Yes, yes, I know… It’s beginning to sink in. I started to write a funny little item about how different my Central American pueblo is from the wild Sin City I called home for three years before luring me back after two more. But now that I’m traveling through Turkey and Bulgaria with @DTravelsRound, it’s all too obvious that you can find connections and similarities anywhere you look. We all know it’s a small world out there, but after hanging out with people from Australia, Scotland, Sweden, Italy, France, Russia, Denmark and more, I’m feeling sentimental. Even through my utopian travel haze, I know that Coco and Las Vegas are as different as night and day. But I worked extra hard to find connections and will keep in that spirit as I finish my trip and then make my Big Move. There is something like all of us in everyone we meet and everywhere we go. Enjoy it!
1. When you get off a plane in Las Vegas or Coco, you’re the only one going “home.” You still answer to, “Have a great vacation” with a big fake smile and say, “thank you!”
2. Dating options are slim.
3. I am often awake at four am in both cities. In Coco, it’s because I fell asleep at 8:30, three hours after the sun went down, and maybe some loud monkeys woke me up. In Vegas, if I’m awake at four, it’s because I’m coming home from Tao.
4. Black Eyed Peas’ “It’s going to be a good night” seems to be playing on continual loop. “And then we’ll do it again…” (If you know me, you know exactly the shimmy I’m now doing.)
5. You find yourself trying to vain to connect with people passing through town. In Vegas, it’s the “weekend warriors” catching your eye; in Coco, you get anything from backpackers or surfers to snowbirds. For the most part, you will never see these people again.
7. Your married friends stay put and seem to be shocked that everyone else is so transient. Be wary of any single person you meet – they post a flight risk and could leave as soon as you start to really get to know them.
8. Both locales are home to scorpions, but I’m looking forward to seeing less of them in Las Vegas.
9. Bluntly: too many people in both towns have substance abuse problems. Las Vegans suffer because the boozy culture is an integral part of their lives; in Coco, many drink because they don’t have jobs to begin with.
10. When I lived in both places, I got asked all time when I’m “coming home.” Where is that again?
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