I survived my second full semester as a graduate student and left for Costa Rica a mere 8 hours after finishing a 4-hour macroeconomics exam (got an "A" but yuck!). I hadn't packed before the exam so got very little sleep before the trip.
We made up for it over the course of 11 days in San Jose (capital city), La Fortuna (rainforest & active volcano), Monteverde / Santa Elena (cloud forest) and Brasilito / Playa Conchal (little village & beautiful Pacific coast beach). Photos will be posted as soon as I get them back (I still use old fashioned film for non-web applications). At some point, I had dreams of developing a travel log that would capture my trips in detail, but you can see that I haven't gotten very far.I didn't, however, do much running. I squeezed in a short (very sweaty) run at the beach on Sunday morning and did a 5 or 6 mile run last night, but I missed two long runs with the group. Even though we hiked most days in Costa Rica, I'll be counting on residual fitness to get me through my 8-mile run this weekend.