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To move, or not to move. That is the question.

Before you get all worried..No.  I’m not moving back home just yet.  You can’t get rid of me so easily!

That being said, I’m seriously considering moving out of Hamra and into either Monot, Gemmayze, or Achrafieh.   Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE Hamra – so much so in fact, that I hardly ever leave.  But, therein lies the problem!  I think I have become a little too comfortable, and am ready to step out of my comfort zone once again, and explore some unfamiliar territory. …meet new people, try new restaurants and pubs, peek into all of the charming boutiques and mom-and-pop shops, and simply meandering the winding streets and seeing where I end up, who I meet, and what I discover along the way.

Yes, I’ve gone out in Monot, Gemmayze, and Achrafieh maybe a handful of times..but I really want to get to know these ares of Beirut better.  I won’t be in Lebanon forever (well, never say never I guess), and it would be a shame to leave without to getting to really know these parts of the city.

My landlady has done her part in making this decision easy for me.  As of July, she is raising the rent $100, and that just ain’t cool.  But I have to say, I do live on a pretty prime piece of land (right off of Bliss, near AUB, and 5-10 minutes walk from everything Hamra has to offer).  So, I guess I can understand where she is coming from.  But stillll!

What do you say??  What would you do if you were me?  Stay in Hamra, or move to either Monot, Gemmayze, or Achrafieh..and why?  And here comes the all important question.  Does anyone know of an apartment in those areas available for rent?  I know I have to get a move on it, as finding an apartment here literally means going door to door and talking to the “natour” of every building, and with the Summer season coming up, I need to start on this like YESTERDAY so that the prices don’t go through the roof..  Speaking of “talking to the natour,” any one of you fluent Arabic speakers want to help me bargain??  I’m sure your well aware that only speaking English does not help me in these situations. :D

And finally, is anyone interested in a spacious AND furnished two bedroom apartment which includes a washing machine and dryer?  HOLLER back..and I will personally give you a tour of my pimp pad that many would say I’m crazy to give up.  $600 per tenant/$1200 total, not including  utilities.

Help me make my decision!  Stay in Hamra, or move to Monot, Gemmayze, or Achrafieh???!!

HAMRA

Hamra Street

The lively Hamra Main Street. A mere one minute walk from my current apartment..

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Bread Republic Hamra

One of my favorite neighborhood hangouts..and the best breakfast place in Hamra..Bread Republic.

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MONOT

Monot Beirut Lebanon

Beautiful wall in Monot..

Monot Street

Monot Street has it's fair share of awesome pubs and restaurants..

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GEMMAYZE

Gemmayze Stairs

The beautiful St. Nicolas Stairs in Gemmayze..brutal after a long night out pub hopping

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Gemmayze Lebanon

Gemmayze..just beautiful!

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Achrafieh Lebanon

Charming, Old Achrafieh

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Mosaic Achrafieh

Ashrafieh as seen by Krikor's lense

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Another day, another Iftar!

Somehow, I don’t think this is good for my “Pre-Miami” diet.

Basma Restaurant Achrafieh

Iftar at Basma - A new Lebanese Restaurant in Achrafieh..

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Eyes wide shut

Was waiting for some friends in Achrafieh, when I decided to take a moment. and look around..you know, take in my surroundings.

It’s so funny how we can see something, see someone everyday, but never really see them.  You know what I mean?

Quantum Tower Beirut

Quantum Tower

Centrel Sofil Beirut

The staircase inside Centre Sofil

Here’s to keeping my eyes open more often..there’s always something to see.

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Go? Slow down? Stop?

Was driving through Achrafieh last Friday after work, and was seriously contemplating why the traffic is alway soo bad!

And then, I saw this..

Beirut Lebanon

Traffic light in Achrafieh..

Yup, that would be a traffic light..a non functional traffic light at that..I remember my friends telling me that traffic lights are usually turned off on weekends..but during the week..and on a Friday afternoon?

But..Whyyyyy?!?!?

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Palais Sursock

What I love about Lebanon, is how you can discover gems like Palais Sursock, a one hundred year old mansion, just sitting there, watching..as modern life passes it by..

Go up the stairs..

Then go inside..

Greet the lady of the house..

Be entertained!

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