I get it. It’s hard to believe that I actually LOVE living in Las Vegas. Most people I talk to that are not from Vegas just don’t get it. All I ever want to say is that it’s an amazing place to live and just end it there. I get it though, you need more than that.
If you’ve been following my blogging journey since the beginning, you would pretty much know my whole life story. I moved here when I was 9 from California. To be exact, I moved smack dab in the middle of the 4th grade. It was a hard transition because, well, I was 9 and thought I had lost everything. I didn’t quite see the big picture. My parents on the other hand did and I give them major props for picking us all up and moving us out.
I’m not hating on California, nor am I saying it’s not a good place to live. All i’m saying is that Vegas was the right move for my family.
We have been here for 16 years now and I have really fallen in love with this city.
Las Vegas is one of those weird place where if you don’t live here, you don’t understand what living here is like. Only people that live in this city truly understand. Locals, feel free to weigh in on this topic! 🙂
Believe me though, I get it! Most people think about gambling, strippers, alcohol…blah blah. And yes, all that is true. We have strippers, slot machines EVERYWHERE, alcohol (on the strip – & at bars like other cities), and lots and lots of tourists. If you give it a chance though, and I mean really, really give it a chance… you would see why we love it so much.
You’d also know that the clubs are down the street, but you won’t find us there mingling and drinking. If we ARE at a club, it’s probably to watch tourist flirt their way into getting a drink.
Las Vegas has its stereotypes and THAT’S OK! I love that people think about the strip, shows, gambling and alcohol. However, I get frustrated when tourists refuse to hear/believe that we have suburbs, amazing schools, malls, restaurants, friendly people, families, hiking, winter, and AMAZING opportunities.
Fun fact for you › Nevada is one of the fastest growing states in the U.S. with almost 3 million residents.
Many people have found themselves moving here for (what they believe) a few months to save some money and start a business and 5 years later they are STILL here. Seriously. HA!
I can go on and on about my love for this city and the people in it, but I will end by saying how much culture and diversity is here. In my opinion, it is one of the most eclectic cities you can live in and the most judge-free place to be.
Photos by: Bethany Paige Photography