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#58 Singapore – A whiff of the West

After some time in the less organized parts of Southeast Asia, Singapore was a welcome change. Our friends Mischael and Annika who have been living in the city for almost a year welcomed us in their beautiful home, a flat on the 64th floor with a view over downtown and the harbour. We would spend six days there, poor them. First order of business: go to the supermarket and buy all we need for a breakfast with proper bread like we didn’t have it in months.

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Yummy
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Downtown
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View over the harbour
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Reflection
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Harbour by night
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Our hosts Annika and Mischael

Of course they had to work during the day, so Barbara and I went on to discover the city on our own but met up with them in the evening for dinner and drinks. While original cultural input might be limited, the city certainly doesn’t lack dining options; from good value street food in the many hawker centers to high end cocktails in stylish rooftop bars Singapore has it all. And we tried it all.

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Marina Bay Sands from Harry’s Esplanade bar
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Marina Bay skyline view from the Esplanade

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Hawker center with Annika’s work friends
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Truffel Ramen

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Famous Chili Crab
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A messy business

For the sightseeing part, Singapore is an easy candidate. Many of the sights are within walking distance and for the ones that aren’t, public transport is cheap and efficient. The area around Marina Bay with it’s modern skyline, the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel and the Gardens by the Bay is definitely worth spending some time in.

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Chinatown
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Marina Bay
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Marina Bay

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Supertrees of the Gardens by the Bay

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Flower Dome
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Cloud Forest
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Cloud Forest
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Supertrees lighting up after sunset
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…and by night

Singapore was Barbara’s last stop before heading back to Europe. She went to stay with her sister Gaby while I would continue travelling for another two months. Of course I was sad to see her go at the end of the week, but the prospect of what was still in front of me was nevertheless exciting.

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