Friday night there was a party at the house where I'm staying. Chris is essentially in charge of Catholic youth and young adult ministry in Wellington, and he was hosting a Christmas party for all the people (mainly young adults) who had helped out with various programs throughout the year. It was a lot of fun, and I met a bunch of people around my age, which was nice. And last night I went to the young adult mass, with some of the same people in attendance, followed by a discussion session, which was interesting and sociable and reminded me of youth group meetings back when I was involved in that. So that was good too. And today I went to the movie with Rebecca (a girl about my age who works in the office with Chris), and her sister and a friend of her sister. All of this is to demonstrate that I've been doing some actual socializing and meeting some people, about which I am pleased.
It's starting to feel like summer here, with the hot sun and the blue sky. It's exciting. But it doesn't feel like Christmas.