If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’ve always had a strong passion for travel. If you don’t know me at all, keep reading and you’ll find out soon enough. I’ve spent hours staring at maps and globes, thinking “this world is huge, how can I possibly see everything there is to see?” I’ve done my best – this is now my 3rd time studying abroad! (#1 was London for a 2 week winter session, #2 was a semester in Salamanca, Spain) and now I am in Singapore!
If you’re like most people I know, you may not be exactly sure where Singapore is. You are not alone! Singapore is a city-state (one of 3 in the world!) meaning it is a city and also its own country. It is not in China. It is not, as one of my friends guessed, in Africa. It’s actually in Southeast Asia on the Malaysian peninsula. If that means nothing to you, just think about India and Australia, and it’s somewhere in the middle there.
So anyway, I took my passion for travel and adventure and got on a plane to take me halfway around the world. Which brings me to the beautiful city of Singapore!
I didn’t know what to expect, but luckily I had some lovely people with me to find our way through Taiwan and collectively complain about the 20+ hours of flying it took to finally get here. (Tip: if you wanna avoid dehydration and some horrible jetlag, drink lots of water. And if you wanna drink lots of water, get an aisle seat). It was a long journey but so worth it.
So after all of that, we had exactly ONE full day to explore the city before jet setting off to Bali, Indonesia! (another blog post to come). With our glorious few hours, we explored one of the most famous streets in Singapore – Orchard Road – known for its incredible shopping scene. We weren’t disappointed. Our day included Katie trying on an almost $4,000 Tiffany necklace and witnessing a parade of Ferraris revving down the street.
After shopping til we almost dropped, we headed over to the most iconic part of the city – the Marina Bay, home of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just google Singapore and it’s sure to come up. Or look above at my featured photo for this post. It is truly stunning. What I love about Singapore is everything is above and beyond what you would expect. Bigger and better than the photos and your already high expectations. For example, we were walking through the gardens and there was a stone walkway. A normal place would just have a stone path with some steps. Singapore decided to add a waterfall down the middle of the path, and then on top of that some rock sculptures erupting out of the waterfall every few feet. Amazing.
The main cool Singaporean thing I did was try an ice cream sandwich. I know this doesn’t sound all that adventurous, but it’s very different from an ice cream sandwich from home. Just take a look:
Yes, that is a piece of bread. And it was delicious!! 10/10, would recommend to a friend.
We basically did a quick tourist pass through on our first day, seeing the Marina Bay Sands, the ferris wheel, the famous Merlion fountain, and the Gardens by the Bay all in just a few hours. We’ll have to come back to see these amazing things one by one to truly appreciate them. But for now, it was a short and sweet visit to our home for the next 4 months! Stay tuned for new adventures!
My new crew – much more about them in the next post.