Saturday, November 04, 2006

Tonight Las Vegas, tomorrow L.A.

Late afternoon in Las Vegas, Nevada. Outside police sirens hunting each other down the streets. Somewhat unreal to be back in a large post-modern city after days out in the wilderness; Sedona, Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. We have been travelling on endless roads through fiery-red canyons, taken hikes along waterfalls and eaten some very delicious Mexican seafood. And now, the west and its great cities.

Rediscovering America makes me once again aware of to what extent this is a country of paradoxes. And a country divided in its soul about what its proper aims should be. The idealism that created the United Nations, the transcendentalism and the veneration of nature are still there. But so are magnetic “support our troops” stickers, the rampant commercialism and the way too sweet bread. Contradictions.

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