Jaunt to Las Vegas
Luca Zadra
CampusTales Contributor
Berklee College of Music
June 4th, 2017


Being at uni is fun, it's the perfect time to go on spontaneous trips around wherever, whenever and with whomever. A little over a month ago, two mates of mine and I left Boston for a 3 day jaunt to the city of sin, also known as Las Vegas. As much as you could simply say "I went there because I wanted to" which was, in all honesty, very true we also had an academical/professional reason to go: the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters ( https://www.nab.org ).
We landed on a Monday evening around 20:00 local time, picked up the rental car, went straight to the hotel to drop off our things and then roamed around the city until 05:00 local time (8 for us). First impressions were unexpectedly high! I always thought of Las Vegas as a "disposable city" and in many aspects I suppose it is but I was actually pleasantly surprised by how entertaining on different levels it is. The first thing we did was get out of our Boston clothes and get into something more appropriate to actually pleasant climatic conditions. We then went out in search of food and that's when the first big surprise came: it was delicious and full of flavour, something that I thought I would never have in the US. I don't mean to offend but by living in Boston I had gotten used to pretty bland food that gave little to no satisfaction, I'd often have meals that would leave me in awe, back in Europe, but I never did once in the US until I had those tacos. Have good food? Finally, check!
The second day was spent entirely at the convention, we experienced VR for the first time in a variety of contexts, be it film/documentary and also in music videos (really impressive production), got a glimpse into the future of cinema with NHKs 8K image and 22.2 surround sound, talked with and met some great people in regards to audio and video and got to see the new equipment and inventions released on the market. We then walked around the Strip for a bit, went into a few casinos (not that we had money to lose) and roamed around the outskirts of the city as well. I was thoroughly impressed with the architecture of Las Vegas, those designs were incredibly creative and futuristic. It was interesting to see how Las Vegas took its own take on different parts of the world, such as New York City, Paris, Giza, Athens etc.
The third and last day was spent all outside and around the city. We went to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, walked around that area a bit, bathed in dry heat and sunlight and then drove to the other side of the city, blasting Noisia, to the Red Rock Canyon National Park. That whole area was astounding, the three of us were international students and we all felt like in the Far West films we grew up with, seeing entrances to ranches, cacti and infinitely large landscapes of sand and three coloured-rocks. The silence of that entire area was the perfect melody to contrast the sounds of the city. Great ending to our stay in Vegas!
We were supposed to fly overnight and land in Boston around 06:00, just in time for our morning classes but we missed our flight back (some would say "That's Vegas, baby. You nailed it!") so we were put on another overnight flight to Boston through Dallas, Texas. As much as I wasn't happy about extra travel hours and missing all my classes of the day I can't really be too angry because flying out of Las Vegas and through the clear desert skies at night is a really really really a magnificent sight. I spent the entire time in the plane to Dallas staring up at the beautiful stars, completely free of any light pollution.
Can't wait to go back, it was really a beautiful experience. As some of you may know, I like to end my posts with music so, for today, I'd like to share the work of a very good friend of mine from Berklee. She did a medley of Beyonce's latest album, Lemonade, that you should check out. Have a good one, thanks for reading!








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Jaunt to Las Vegas
Luca Zadra
CampusTales Contributor
Berklee College of Music
June 4th, 2017
Being at uni is fun, it's the perfect time to go on spontaneous trips around wherever, whenever and with whomever. A little over a month ago, two mates of mine and I left Boston for a 3 day jaunt to the city of sin, also known as Las Vegas. As much as you could simply say "I went there because I wanted to" which was, in all honesty, very true we also had an academical/professional reason to go: the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters ( https://www.nab.org ).
We landed on a Monday evening around 20:00 local time, picked up the rental car, went straight to the hotel to drop off our things and then roamed around the city until 05:00 local time (8 for us). First impressions were unexpectedly high! I always thought of Las Vegas as a "disposable city" and in many aspects I suppose it is but I was actually pleasantly surprised by how entertaining on different levels it is. The first thing we did was get out of our Boston clothes and get into something more appropriate to actually pleasant climatic conditions. We then went out in search of food and that's when the first big surprise came: it was delicious and full of flavour, something that I thought I would never have in the US. I don't mean to offend but by living in Boston I had gotten used to pretty bland food that gave little to no satisfaction, I'd often have meals that would leave me in awe, back in Europe, but I never did once in the US until I had those tacos. Have good food? Finally, check!
The second day was spent entirely at the convention, we experienced VR for the first time in a variety of contexts, be it film/documentary and also in music videos (really impressive production), got a glimpse into the future of cinema with NHKs 8K image and 22.2 surround sound, talked with and met some great people in regards to audio and video and got to see the new equipment and inventions released on the market. We then walked around the Strip for a bit, went into a few casinos (not that we had money to lose) and roamed around the outskirts of the city as well. I was thoroughly impressed with the architecture of Las Vegas, those designs were incredibly creative and futuristic. It was interesting to see how Las Vegas took its own take on different parts of the world, such as New York City, Paris, Giza, Athens etc.
The third and last day was spent all outside and around the city. We went to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, walked around that area a bit, bathed in dry heat and sunlight and then drove to the other side of the city, blasting Noisia, to the Red Rock Canyon National Park. That whole area was astounding, the three of us were international students and we all felt like in the Far West films we grew up with, seeing entrances to ranches, cacti and infinitely large landscapes of sand and three coloured-rocks. The silence of that entire area was the perfect melody to contrast the sounds of the city. Great ending to our stay in Vegas!
We were supposed to fly overnight and land in Boston around 06:00, just in time for our morning classes but we missed our flight back (some would say "That's Vegas, baby. You nailed it!") so we were put on another overnight flight to Boston through Dallas, Texas. As much as I wasn't happy about extra travel hours and missing all my classes of the day I can't really be too angry because flying out of Las Vegas and through the clear desert skies at night is a really really really a magnificent sight. I spent the entire time in the plane to Dallas staring up at the beautiful stars, completely free of any light pollution.
Can't wait to go back, it was really a beautiful experience. As some of you may know, I like to end my posts with music so, for today, I'd like to share the work of a very good friend of mine from Berklee. She did a medley of Beyonce's latest album, Lemonade, that you should check out. Have a good one, thanks for reading!





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