In what can feel like another lifetime ago, I spent several months living and working in an East African city whose name translates from Arabic into Haven of Peace. Although Dar es Salaam and Hong Kong can seem like they have nothing in common -- not least on account of their being located on different continents and thousands of miles away from each other -- it's worth noting that, at the very least, they both are home to beautiful and historically useful harbors, natural havens for ships and boats, and also have some pretty beaches!
In addition, there's a place in Hong Kong that also has the word 'haven' in its name. Also known as Pak Sha Wan (trans.White Sand Bay) in Cantonese, Hebe Haven is a harbor in the southern part of the Sai Kung Peninsula that's home to the exclusive Hebe Haven Yacht Club and the also Shelter Cove section of the prestigious Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club that's one of the few Hong Kong institutions to keep the "Royal" prefix after Hong Kong's return to China in 1997.
One day last fall, I went sailing with three friends in Hebe Haven. Two of us were obvious landlubbers but the two others were folks who had grown up sailing boats and obviously enjoyed doing so. Fortunately, the latter didn't mind doing the bulk of the work on board. So aside from occasionally taking the till, I had plenty of opportunity to sit back, look around and take photos!
Even so, I have to admit that what with the boat bobbing and tilting about and such, sailing's not quite my cup of tea. Instead, I feel much more at peace while doing such as strolling about one of Hong Kong's many beaches -- even while higher land are even more natural havens for me (as can be witnessed by my hiking preferences)!
Getting back to the subject of Dar es Salaam: the most beach I most often frequented there was Oyster Beach. I have photos of the place -- but pre-digital ones, so won't be sharing them on this blog. But rest assured that if I did, they undoubtedly would have something yellow in them just like all three photos at the top of this entry. So even without trying all that hard, it really was easy to combine Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunt themes this week! :b