Celebrating my 19th birthday in Rome was a dream. At the hotel, I woke to a knock at the door as the hotel staff surprised me with a birthday cake and champagne. We explored Rome throughout the day, before getting ready for a night out on the town. Wearing heels in Rome is maybe not the greatest idea I have ever had...because the pavement is extremely uneven and full of loose stones (thankfully Kayla switched me shoes halfway through the night-what a real one). We went to a fancy dinner next to the Trevi Fountain where we sipped our wine and indulged in all sorts of appetizers and pasta. Afterwards, we headed to the Trevi to throw coins into the fountain and make some wishes. Rome certainly has this special spark to it. There is so much history, mastery, art, and culture buried deep within its roots that it's hard not to be memorized with everything and everyone. To think how the Roman Empire used to rule the world and now two thousand years later a few American girls could stroll the very same streets as those very same intellects, military masterminds, and architects once did, was a surreal feeling. We then headed to Shari Vari Club next to the Pantheon. Once security let us through, we had the choice of entering three different floors which each had its own theme, music, and D.J. Every room was like entering a completely different party. We danced until sunrise before, luckily, finding a taxi to take us back to our hotel.
The Ice Club in Rome was one of the coolest (no pun intended) places I've ever been. In order to go into the club, we were given thick blankets that strapped around our bodies. Once we entered inside, temperatures quickly dropped to -5 degrees. Our drinks were served to us in glasses completely made out of ice and you could even eat the cup as you sipped your drink. The club was very tight quarters as loud music blared and everyone lined up to refill their ice cups from the single bar. The bartender wore gloves, a winter coat, and a hat...in the middle of the summer in Rome. This place gave us a significant change of scenery from the afternoon's wild heat which was much appreciated :)