The weather has been like this for a while now. Wednesday was a public holiday and a popular activity is watching the Dragon Boat Races. We went again this year to Stanley Beach to cheer on the teams. It was cloudy, but bright most of the day with the occasional rain. I didn't mind the weather so much, but what really made the day less enjoyable was the state of the beach.
Maybe I have been spoiled by the beaches in California (which I don't even go to that often), but even standing ankle deep in murky brown water with mysterious black shreds and non-sea foam foam floating all around was highly unsavory. And to think I had been hoping to take a swim in that water. I spent most of the day trying to wash away the black pieces from my feet and flip flops, and wishing that I was back at the beach in Maiori, Italy. I've been to beaches in California, Sydney, Nice, but I have never seen water as clear as at the beaches along the Amalfi Coast.
We take for granted access to clean water. Back in Berkeley, I hardly ever bought bottled water. I just filled up by Brita from the faucet and refilled bottles if I needed water on the go. Located throughout campus were drinking fountains and some even had an extra filter built in. When I moved to Hong Kong, I thought that I could just continue using a Brita filter, but was told that even the filter wouldn't clean the water enough. If we do want to drink tap water here, we have to filter, boil, and cool down the water. It was a hassle compared to the ease of drinking tap water in the US, but after seeing various bodies of water in Hong Kong, I understand why tap water is undrinkable. I've read some sites that say the water is drinkable, but because most residential buildings are so old, rusty pipes contaminate the water. I wish there was a way to make tap water drinkable, but sadly only a complete plumbing renovation could resolve that.
Anyways, instead of seeing the unappealing Stanley Beach, enjoy some of my favourite photos from my Italy visit last summer.
Wearing: H&M tank blouse and denim shorts, Havaianas flip flops
All photos except the last one taken by my mom.