7.02.2012

room with a view.

(the view from our new living room)

I grew up in a landlocked state, and didn't see the ocean until I was 15. Since then, my ocean experiences involved scrambling down the sea-sprayed cliffs of Ireland, lazing on the beach in Santa Cruz, waving at boats in the Boston Harbor and hopping through Monterey tidepools in search of purple starfish.

You might say I've spent the last few years making up for lost time. But even with all this make-up, the ocean has always seemed a bit threatening. Maybe it's because I never learned to swim beyond a half-hearted dog paddle. Or it's in the way the sea is unending to the eye or the way that, when upset, the sea can annihilate entire villages.

And today, at 26 I live a few steps from it. Granted, it's the Persian Gulf and I'm not entirely certain that counts as "ocean".

But regardless, now that the sea and I are neighbors...it's notably less scary.

28 comments:

  1. I seriously can't comprehend not seeing the ocean! I was practically born next to it!! Thankful for New Zealand!

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  2. Oh my goodness! What a lovely neighbor you have now! So happy you are out of the ghetto, you have a much better view now! Hehe (:

    xo Kayla

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  3. I like you - grew up landlocked on the plains of Manitoba! My first ocean experience was in my 20's! Since then I've only had a few other experiences. One of which where we stated in a cabin on the coast of Denmark (in Lønstrup) with my husbands family. I literally lived on the patio with a cup of coffee, listening to the waves and taking in the smell. So jealous of your view!

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  4. I cannot imagine being so far from the ocean your whole life! I'm glad to read that you're making up for lost time. You will learn to love it and it will be hard to part from it. I feel anxious when my travels take me inland - away from the ocean, so it's typically among my first stops when I get home.

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  5. So glad you got a new place. What a lovely view you now have!

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  6. I grew up only a few hours from the Pudget Sound, but I still feel ocean deprived. I hope to live next to it someday--crossing my fingers that we'll be stationed in San Diego or South Carolina at some point. I love the waves & water. Beautiful picture, love your writing, as always.

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  7. you have an absolutely gorgeous view! yay :)

    - lauren

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  8. and it's beautiful! how picturesque

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  9. Oh. My. Goodness. Glad you found a beautiful new view!

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  10. What a gorgeous photo! Totally jealous of your new view. Congrats :)

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  11. It's so beautiful! You guys should go to the beach in Egaila, or down at Khiran (Pearl City) - it's so lovely to go swimming in the Gulf! :)

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  12. Enjoy being near the water. I hope the new atmosphere will help create a wonderful new home. : )

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  13. It must get more beautiful every time you look at it. :)

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  14. So lovely!!!!

    Goodness, I would be sitting there for hours looking out that window if I were you.

    I can count on one hand the times I've been blessed to be near the ocean. I hope that someday I'll need both hands to count the amount. =)

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  15. Beautiful view! :D

    It's the Arabian Gulf in Kuwait. They are sensitive to the whole "Persian Gulf" thingy. :P

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  16. Beautiful! I'm so glad you have a new, comfortable place to live with your husband! I can't even begin to imagine the stress of moving and realizing the unspeakable horrors happening to your paycheck... :( But you always push through! Enjoy your time near the ocean. Water has always been where I feel most comfortable and I hope that will be true for you too!

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  17. That's beautiful but can you take advantage of it ? xx

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  18. That's beautiful but can you take advantage of it ? xx

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  19. Congrats on the new apartment - the view is amazing!!!

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  20. i'm so happy you've found such an awesome new place! the sea right outside your window AND keeping that $12k? that sounds just about right :)

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  21. Seriously? Seriously! That is one phenomenal view!

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  22. Beautiful! I hope you are happy in your new place!

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  23. oh what a view! Lovely, wonderful, enjoy

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  24. So happy for you that you have such a beautiful view!! Growing up in Hawai'i, it's hard to imagine not having the ocean around you, but being here in Nebraska, I appreciate the ocean so much more. I'm so happy to hear that you have this time in Kuwait near the ocean. There's something really special about it, and I'm glad you have this beautiful view of it from your living room!

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  25. That's your view?! That's so amazing. I love the ocean and the beach. It's a must when you live in Brisbane.

    P.S. I'm glad your housing situation worked out. x

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  26. Beautiful post and such a beautiful view! So happy for you x

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