At the beginning of December we went to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball. There are marines posted in Rome at the embassy, and every year they throw a big formal ball to celebrate the birthday of the Marine Corps. And they certainly celebrate in style.
They rented an amazing villa in Rome, (with impressive security) and arranged a formal dinner and dancing.
On the way in to the villa they had a receiving line with all of the Marines, and they gave each woman a white rose. (Which was super-cute!)
There was a lot of pomp & circumstance, flag processions, cutting a huge cake, giving swords as gifts, speeches … and posing with Marines in full regalia. I didn’t actually pose with the marines, but fortunately, there were two other women at the Marine ball wearing the exact same dress as me. One of them also had her hair done exactly like mine … and she got her picture taken with them:
After the pomp and circumstance, it was a big dance party. The Marines had flown a DJ in from New York to make sure the party kept going. We were there until 1am. It was a lot of fun, and a really cool experience.