Unfortunately my time here in Rome is slowly coming to an end. I have just finished my last final. Luckily these courses are only pass/fail for me. lol. Tonight is the farewell banquet at a restaurant on the Tiber. I have invited Niccolo as my guest! My mother will be arriving tomorrow afternoon. Sunday we leave for our trip through northern Italy and Switzerland. We will be visting Venice, Florence, Verona, Pisa, Bologna, Turin and Milan. I am very excited!
Although I am sad to leave, I have definately been taking advantage of my last week in Rome. Daniel has taken Katia and I out everynight this week and each night has been better than the last. We've had delicious dinners at the best restaurants in Rome, went swimming at the Hilton--with the owner, and sampled fine wines at lavish parties. Last night he even took us to a fashion show on top of Castle Sant' Angelo. Before the show Katia and I went out for manicures, pedicures and new outfits so we were dressed to impress! We arrived at Castle Sant' Angelo right around sunset for the cocktail party before the show. The view here was breathtaking. I think we all took about 20 pics in every direction before even having a drink! The show was quite impressive, (although Katia and I looked better than any of the models) lol. Afterwards we walked around in the castle and looked at all of the showcased fine gems and jewelry. All of the pieces were amazing! After drooling over all of the gems we left for a party at the Hilton! We met Felix, the owner at the door and he grabbed us a table at the front of the stage. Tonight they were hosting a party for the launch of a new energy drink made with sugar cane from Venezuela. There were Italian actresses and actors everywhere as well as several rappers. It was very impressive. I was speaking with Felix about the hospitality industery and commenting on his wonderful hotel. I also mentioned that I work for Mandarin Oriental in DC. He was very impressed with this news and told me that if I ever come back to live in Rome, I will have a job at the Hilton!