Costa Rica

The company took a trip to Costa Rica together for some team building & sun (mainly sun, because winter in Pittsburgh can be cold).

Though I was a little tired of traveling having just returned from India a few days ago, it was great to spend 4 days lazing around and taking it easy. We stayed at the Westin in Playa Conchal. 

I devoured a couple of good books in my room and ordered a lot of room service (we were staying in a package type hotel, with food & drinks included in the room rate). I also managed to find time to watch the Republican primary debates with my roommate, André.

Though I was tempted to just laze in the room, we were at a beach resort after all. I made time to venture out a few times and enjoy the beach and pool, in addition to participating in the company team-building activities.

This was pretty much one of the only photos I took during the trip (I made it incumbent upon myself to disconnect from email and didn't bring my phone out from the room):

The beach outside our resort.

The beach outside our resort.

But thanks to my co-worker Hideki, I have a couple more great photos:

We took a beginner surfing class. I'd love to do it again someday -- it was a ton of fun. The hardest part wasn't standing up on the surfboard, but getting back into the ocean after surfing closer to the shore. (Photo credit: Hideki)

We took a beginner surfing class. I'd love to do it again someday -- it was a ton of fun. The hardest part wasn't standing up on the surfboard, but getting back into the ocean after surfing closer to the shore. (Photo credit: Hideki)

The resort had many resident creatures. This must be the most adorable thing ever. (Photo credit: Hideki)

The resort had many resident creatures. This must be the most adorable thing ever. (Photo credit: Hideki)