Turns out I was the only one who had memorized my lines (I don't have thaaat many and its in English! easy!) so we sat around talking over a bottle of wine and little toasts with cheese.
I had the best time sitting around chatting about anything and everything and I never felt like the foreigner, like people were slowing down for me etc. I even cracked a joke!!! No, but seriously I have so many English-speaking friends sometimes I wonder if I could survive without that group. I've often told myself that my friends are my friends because I enjoy their company not just because they are English speakers.
Tonight confirmed that.
I felt so comfortable. I think if my safety-net of this English community were taken away from me I'd be just fine.
Here I am now, gossiping with other friends from my course over MSN just as I would with friends from home.
I have to admit, it feels good.
After 3 years it feels damn good.