Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A room with a view

After two weeks of searching, I have finally found an apartment in Honolulu! It's actually a room in a house that has been converted into a duplex (though the staircase between the floors remains). The setup is that both floors have a master bedroom with its own bathroom, two single bedrooms which share a bathroom, a big living room, and an eat-in kitchen. I have the corner single on the top floor. A very nice young Ukrainian couple just moved into the master bedroom on my floor, and the current resident in the other single will be moving out on August 7, and a friend of mine I met when I visited UH in March will move in on the 11th.

The house is just blocks away from campus, less than a mile from the building I'll be working in. There's not much of a yard, though a bit of raking could make a difference (clearly no one has tended the yard in a while). The interior is newly renovated and shiny and the living room/eat-in kitchen has a view of Waikiki and Diamond Head! It's really quite beautiful, which I appreciate a lot after visiting tons of really shabby places (it took me two weeks of searching to find this place). I'm so excited and can't wait to move in. First I'll need a bed, though. For now I'm still sleeping at my auntie's house.

I'll take some photos of the interior once we get the place furnished a bit more. For now, I just have a photo of the view from our living room. Click on it to get the larger view. You can see Diamond Head (an extinct volcano) to the left.


Hezabelle said...

Yay! Quite the view!

Eleni said...

As far as houses that I can afford to rent go, the view is really quite good. And it made me finally learn how to stitch photos together to make a panoramic shot. Really not so hard with adequate software. Fun stuff.

Anonymous said...

Oooo it sounds lovely and the view is beautiful!

Eleni said...

It's pretty at night, too, with all the city lights. I'll have to figure out how to photograph that properly.

Sebastian said...

Tripod (or stack of books?) and long (20sec+) exposure at low ISO (100 or 200) -- bingo!

I had no idea it was so built-up there! High-rise and everything.

Love the palm trees... :P

Eleni said...

Uh, I've got a stack of books... I'll give it a try. See what my little camera can do.

Yup, that's Waikiki. "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot" and all that. Lots of tourists need lots of hotels, and if you build your hotels high enough you can have lots of rooms that overlook the ocean which means you can charge higher prices. Of course, with the economy, there's not so many tourists these days.

The tree low in the center is a mango tree. Sadly, it only has I think two tiny green mangoes on it. We need to figure out how to make it happier.