Vacations mean more to me that just travel. They create a space for me to clear my mind, to reflect on my current choices, and make peace with my impending future. Vacations also typically mark an important transition time: Ireland after finishing graduate school, Tahiti after getting married, and San Francisco before more graduate school! I picked San Fran because it is more budget friendly than Peru (our second choice) and because I’ve had a life long fantasy of moving to California (doesn’t everyone?).