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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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Apartment shopping…

So, I’m in the market for an apartment..if you know of anything available in Hamra, holllla back.

The only way to find anything here is to hit the streets..there is no craigslist, or any really reliable source of information about available apartments..well aside from an online directory called e-waseet..which, in my experience, hasn’t yielded any worth mentioning!

What does this mean for someone like me who doesn’t have any wasta (connections/hook ups)?  Well.. it means I have to literally go building to building, door to door, caretaker to caretaker acquiring about available apartments..

Probably not the most relaxing way to spend an afternoon, but definitely an entertaining one!  I’ve been going on these apartment hunts for a few weeks now..but as is the case when living in Lebanon, I never seem to get very far..as I either run into people I know, or decide stop for a coffee, some gelato, a meal..or even sometimes all three!

It was during one of these excursions that I hit my all time high for the number of times I’ve eaten out in a single day.  5 times!  Bread Republic, University Sage, Buttermint, Bar Bar, a gelato place (I forget the name), and Napoletana..a girl’s gotta eat!

Anyway,,here are some of the nicer apartment buildings in Hamra..of course they are wayyy out of my price range..but still nice to look at!

Apartment building in Hamra

A REALLY NICE apartment building in Hamra..

My days spent apartment hunting aren’t entire write offs, as I often encounter interesting things worthy of mention…

For example..this electrical phenomenon..

An electrician's worst nightmare..

And these two bathrooms below…

Where exactly are you supposed to take a shower?

No space for a bathroom sink? Put it OUTSIDE the bathroom of course!

Ahh..everyday is truly an adventure! ;)

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Sights from around Hamra..

Flowers being sold for Mothers day...here its on March 21st..

Barrrr Barrrr! Best shawarma..sorry Malik el Battata

AUB - American University of Beirut

AUB - American University of Beirut

Satellite TV - just a cable away!

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