Friday Favs: Wish You Were Here

We both love to travel and explore new places. But just as with everything else, our personalities come out in the type of places we visit and trips we take. This past week, we were both out of town, on opposite ends of the country for two very different trips. One was a short trip to San Francisco for sight-seeing and an eSports world championship, the other a peaceful four days in Key West exploring art galleries, shops, beaches, and eating a lot of food. 

Here are just a few of our favorite things from our respective trips:

KEY WEST | TIFFANY

1. A sunset champagne cruise: Ten people on a boat enjoying champagne and cheese and fruit while watching the sky turn pink as the sun sets over the ocean? Sign me up. Only downside: turns out, I get seasick. Oops. The last half an hour was a little dicey as I turned ashen, and the night ended pretty quickly for me when we docked at 8:00 pm. Still worth it. Note to self: remember these next time.

 The sun setting on another beautiful day in Key West

The sun setting on another beautiful day in Key West

 Hemingway House

Hemingway House

2. Hemingway HouseThis was one of the best guided tours I've ever been on. Our guide was the perfect combination of hilarious and informative and sassy, I learned so much about one of America's favorite authors (who, as it turns out, was a great writer but not such a great person), I got to explore a beautiful house and its tropical grounds, and also (most importantly) I met a lot of cats. Apparently, Hemingway believed that six-toed cats were lucky, and he had over 70 polydactyl cats on his property during his lifetime. Now, there are just over 50 cats that are descendants of Hemingway's pets that live on the property. While I was there, I saw around 30. They ate, they slept, they bathed themselves, they interrupted guided tours, they ignored everyone. And I loved every one of them. 

3. A massage at Isle Style: Self-care is very important to me, and I have learned over time to make my health and well-being a priority. Spa treatments are not the only or the most important way that I do this, but they are certainly one of my favorites! I booked the appointment long before I landed in Key West, and I found this particular salon through google searching and a dash of luck. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. The salon had a courtyard in the middle shaded with palm trees and punctuated with the sounds of a soft fountain, and I had my massage outside in this garden. There was a private tent with fans and a cool breeze that was the perfect combination of outside beauty with all the inside amenities and comfort. By the way, the massage was the best I have ever had, and not just because I was in paradise. The staff was amazing and very talented. Highly recommend.

 Views of Fort Jefferson from the air

Views of Fort Jefferson from the air

 Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson

4. A seaplane adventure to the Dry Tortugas: This was the part of the trip I was least looking forward to. I'm not a comfortable flier on normal planes, so I was wary of a ten-person, one-propeller sea plane flying low over the ocean. But I'm trying this new thing where, when I'm scared, I say yes and figure it out later. So I agreed to this, and I am So. Glad. that I did. The plane brought my group and one other to the island hours before anyone else arrived, so we had the place entirely to ourselves. It was a surreal experience to walk through Fort Jefferson down halls that were built in the 1800s and see the effect that centuries of time took on the structure. We explored, we snorkeled, we relaxed on the beach, we walked along moats and stared across the ocean. But despite how amazing these hours were at the Dry Tortugas, the sea plane flight in and out was my favorite part, surprising no one more than me. The flight was smooth and gentle, and the views we had of Key West, Fort Jefferson, and all the ocean and islands in between were unbeatable. 

 Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson

SAN FRANCISCO | EMILY

1. SFMOMA: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is easily in the top ten museums that I've ever visited and was my favorite part of my trip. From Alexander Calder to Elsworth Kelly to Andy Warhol, the SFMOMA features breathtaking work from the modern masters in an incredible, newly designed space that reopened in May 2016. I left the museum feeling inspired, happy, and overwhelmed by the creativity around me. If you get the change to visit, I highly recommend using the new SFMOMA app, which has revolutionized the museum audio tour through engaging content and intuitive indoor-positioning technology.

 The Living Wall at SFMOMA

The Living Wall at SFMOMA

 Alexander Calder in the entry of the SFMOMA

Alexander Calder in the entry of the SFMOMA

2. Anchor Oyster Bar: This place changed my entire outlook on seafood. I've never liked seafood, and more recently when I have attempted to eat it, I've become incredibly ill. Anchor Oyster Bar changed it all. I ate seafood chowder, oysters, and prawn pasta and LOVED IT. Even the hour wait to be seated (it's a very small place) didn't diminish the experience; their servers brought out warm bread and chowder to everyone waiting outside and I got myself a delicious hot tea a couple of shops down, all of which made passing the time feel like nothing.

 The view of The Castro from outside Anchor Oyster Bar

The view of The Castro from outside Anchor Oyster Bar

 2016 League of Legends: Worlds, Group Stages

2016 League of Legends: Worlds, Group Stages

3. League of Legends - Worlds: So the actual purpose of my trip was to attend the Group Stage of the League of Legends World Championships with the group of friends I had travelled with. I have actually never played an online MMO game, and baaaarely understood the mechanics of League before attending, but it turned out to be a fun experience and gave me a lot of insight into the world of eSports. And, I can actually tell what's going on in a League game now.

 The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

 Never without my camera (:

Never without my camera (:

4. Golden Gate Bridge: To be completely honest, I expected to be totally underwhelmed by the Golden Gate Bridge and assumed it was going to be just another touristy must-see. But, wow, I was wrong. The Golden Gate Bridge really is a sight to behold, and the views were incredible and clear when I went. There's something indescribable about the greatness of the bridge and its surrounding environment. Totally worth it.

We believe traveling is an important part of our work/life balance. How does traveling fit into your life? What are your favorite memories and experiences?