LESS THAN 21

LESS THAN 21

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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Then again, this saying may only apply to those over the age of 21. So, what does one do if they’re still not of legal age to have the full Vegas experience?

Go shopping! Oh my goodness, if you’re ever in Vegas, you guys seriously need to visit the Fashion Show Mall. I’m going to sound a little materialistic, but now I know what love at first sight feels like after I setting foot inside this mall. Also let’s face it, unless you live in a huge city, not all of your favorite shops will be within 10 miles of where you live. In my unfortunate experience, there are no Topshop or ZARA shops here in Reno, so shopping in Vegas is always a must.

Enjoy the sights. Thanks to the hotels and casinos down in L.V., you’ll be able to get a little taste of Italy, Paris, and New York City all at once. Anytime between sunset and sunrise, the Vegas experience will starts to set in. Lights will begin to glow from all directions, and they’ll eventually create multiple paths for you to follow. Soon, everywhere you turn, you’ll see some type of show that’ll capture your attention. And before you know it, the streets will be swarmed with music, laughter, and camera lights.

Don’t forget the pictures! How else are you going to prove that you got to live a little of that Vegas experience? Take a moment and capture some of those memories you’ll be making while you’re down there. Have a friend take a quick snap of you as you’re strolling down those eventful streets. Sure there may be some judgement from some people who don’t understand the need for selfies, but that doesn’t matter because you’ll most likely never run into these people ever again. So, don’t be ashamed of carrying around a selfie stick, or taking a quick picture of your food.

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VIVA LA CULTURE

VIVA LA CULTURE

Processed with Rookie CamI don’t always travel, but when I do, I travel to Mexico. Please play along and pretend you heard a mariachi band playing off in the background when I made that statement.

For almost 15 years now, I’ve been living in the United States. I’m incredibly thankful for living in a country full of so much diversity and freedom, but I’ll admit that every now and then I begin to miss my family back in Mexico. Sometimes I’ll miss those long conversations with my friends. Other times I’ll miss the small jokes my grandparents make about each other. However, thanks to my amazing parents, I’ve had the opportunity to travel back every year to reconnect with everyone. Not only that, but thanks to them, I’ve had the opportunity to stay in touch with my cultural heritage. During my 15 years of living in the United States, I’ve opened my eyes to see and understand the differences and similarities that exist within different cultures. In my own experience, rather than assimilating to a new culture, I’ve been granted the opportunity to stay connected to my roots, while learning more about the culture I’m currently living in. I remember how my parents would have my brothers and I speak Spanish at home just so we wouldn’t forget any words. Other times, they would explain to us the difference between the celebration of the 5th of May and September 16th. The littlest conversations would suddenly spark up a history lesson about Mexico. All in all, I’m glad my parents gave us to opportunity to embrace both the American, and Mexican culture. For now though, I just want to motivate you all to enrich your minds with information about your own culture, and to open your eyes to see and understand different cultures.