In the past few months, I’ve traveled to two places that you might think couldn’t possibly be any more different: Las Vegas and South Africa.  But the truth is, they’re not as different as you might think.  Sure, one is all about nature, and the other is all about artifice and the artificial.  But still, they have a lot more in common than you might think.  Let me illustrate my point with a few choice photos:

A dancer in South Africa:

South Africa Dancer

A Dancer in Las Vegas:

vegas showgirl


Nightlife in Las Vegas:


cosmopolitan barNightlife in Africa:

Male Lion in South Africa



Wildlife in South Africa:Leopard in South Africa


Wild Life in Las Vegas


You get the picture. There are a surprising number of similarities, if you know how to look at it.

1.  South Africa: It is dangerous to walk around unescorted at night, as animals might stalk you, and try to eat you.

Las Vegas: It is dangerous to go out unescorted at night, as sleazy men might stalk and try to “date” you.

2. South Africa:  The Mother rhino will do anything to protect her young from their father.

Las Vegas: The mother on vacation will do anything to protect her young from the debauchery in the bars.

3. South Africa:  You may find monkeys swinging from the rafters of your room.

Las Vegas: You often find dancers swinging from poles in clubs.

4. South Africa: After a big kill, a lion may not eat for days.

Las Vegas: After getting killed in the casinos, a hotel guest might not have enough money left to eat.

5. South Africa: As long as you keep your hands in the jeep, you’ll be safe on safari.

Las Vegas:  As long as you keep your hands to yourself, you’ll be welcome in the strip clubs.

See?  South Africa and Las Vegas…not that different.  It’s all in the way you look at it!

Nancy Friedman writes at From Hip to, and is co-host of a weekly podcast, The Blogging Angels.