This week was absolutely amazing. After an enjoyable 3 and a half day working week and lots of hard work, it was time to fly once again, this time to the magical city of Las Vegas for FreedomFest.
I left work and headed straight to the airport. After an extremely short stop-over in Montreal, I finally arrived. The hotel was very close to the airport, however in the short taxi ride there we were exposed to the beauty of the bright lights and tall buildings. Ryan and I just so happened to be on the same flight, which we only found out upon arrival. We reunited with the other North American Scholars and went for a brief walk to find food. We stumbled upon Bubba Gumps and ate there, which was a great decision. After that we briefly explored the surrounding areas whilst we waited for Nick to arrive. The city was absolutely packed and it was difficult to comprehend the fact that it was only a Thursday night.
The following day was packed, however I learnt an awful lot and had an amazing time. I woke up nice and early and went down to register for freedom fest. I grabbed a quick complimentary breakfast and proceeded to pack in as many seminars as possible between 8am and 5pm. Most of the seminars I chose, involved the state of the current economy and entrepreneurship. I had the privilege of seeing Kevin Harrington from the Shark Tank and Steve Forbes, the editor in chief of Forbes Magazine. My highlight of the day had to be the Luncheon with Senator Rand Paul. The food was great and I learnt an awful lot. We managed to get a photo with him and received a signed book. Perhaps one of the most exciting yet disappointing moments of FreedomFest had to be the Trump Pro and Con debate in which an individual from the crowd ignorantly condoned the mass genocide of the worlds Muslim populous. Many Trump supporters in the crowd cheered to this which made me feel unbelievably uncomfortable, however please note that this ignorance is not reflective of Libertarianism. Overall the talk gave me a good insight into the minds of American citizens in regards to the upcoming election.
After a long day, we ate at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant which was amazing. We then ventured off into the night. We walked a long way through many different parts of Vegas. The areas appeared to be vastly different, however one thing remained the same, the amount of casinos and slot machines. We eventually arrived at ‘The Stratosphere,’ the tallest building in Vegas. After waiting a while, we went on a ride which took us away from the safety of the building and spun us around whilst we overlooked the beautiful city. We then went on a free-falling ride which made our stomach turn.
Saturday was just as enjoyable. We ate a buffet Brunch before attending seminars in the afternoon. After that we got changed and attended the farewell dinner which was filled with great entertainment and delicious food. We even managed to get some wine. After that we rode the city rollercoaster and headed home.
FreedomFest was such an amazing experience and I learnt so much about Libertarianism, the global economy and the US Presidential election. I really cherish the opportunity that Mannkal have given to us and would like to thank them for their amazing generosity and support. My experience so far has been life changing and I cannot thank them enough.