Now the funny thing here was that we were academics, but the atmosphere was very different compared to when we were in the lab discussing language processing.
I learned that one of my professors has a sensitive soul. I learned that one of my other lab members experience emotional turbulence sometime. And I was able to give my adviser a big N400, and the other people noting it as the best face of the night so far.
I drank beer again, after a dry period of 7 months. I just didn't feel like drinking alcohol and enjoying it for the past 7 months. I had a bottle of Kirin Lager from Japan. And for once, I enjoyed it.
The Indian curry was great, with yoghurt and peanuts, coupled with a varied selection of chutney. I didn't realize that the professor I work with also cooks well.
So yeah, it was fun. The food was fun, the people were fun, the atmosphere was fun.
Now I need to go back to work.