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Port and beer don't mix well..My epic 21st birthday on an airport floor

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Mark couldn't resist buying this...

It was only hours away from my 21st birthday and I was stuck in Rome Ciapino for the night...with no open bar! I passed an hour or so by reading more of Eat Pray Love (amazing book-ironically I was on the part where she lives in Rome) until I was kicked out of the dining area. Sad about the idea of spending this life-changing birthday alone and sober (in the States the drinking age is 21 and its a huge deal) I took a look around the new waiting room they put us all into, and Viola! 4 American boys! (3 named Mark) I quickly made friends, and once they found out it was almost my birthday, they whipped out their last reserve beer for me, and when I had successfully downed that, we made a new friend out of a lone Parisian traveler, and started playing this drinking game.

My downfall of a card game
Now, this game is my nemesis-I sucked hard core. What you do is put a stack of cards on top of any longneck bottle, and try to blow off as many as you can without blowing all of them off. If you do, you have to drink. I managed to either blow none off (drink to this also) or all.

They say (and I usually agree) that everyone is a winner in drinking games-if you "lose", you get to drink! Sounds good, right? However, apparently port and beer don't mix well! Before I knew it, I was sick on the bathroom floor, shortly after they sang happy birthday to me at midnight. The guys were so sweet and brought me a bag of pretzels and a bottle of water into the women's restroom. In my drunken still camera happy state I decided I should take a picture of this epic toilet and my "feel better snacks," which I though was hilarious when I looked through my photos in the morning.

I ended up falling asleep huddling with the Parisian on the cold airport floor for warmth. Then in the morning, crazy hungover, I headed back to London for...more drinking! Oh no...

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Mark couldnt resist buying this...
Mark couldn't resist buying this...
My downfall of a card game
My downfall of a card game
New friends!
New friends!
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