An (un)expected reunion in Singapore

Although I was a bit sad about leaving Bali again after only two days, I was also looking forward to Singapore. But most of all, I was looking forward to meeting Stine there, who was the actual reason why I traveled to Asia in the first place. I arrived late in the night, so as soon as I got to the Quarters Capsule Hostel, where I stayed for the last two nights, I took a shower and then went straight to bed.

The next day, I woke up early and, after breakfast, I walked from Chinatown, where my hostel was, across town until I made it to Merlion, the symbol of Singapore. Later, I visited the lower Dome and Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay. While I was particularly impressed by the Cloud Forest, it is definitely worth visiting both. Plus, the ticket allows you to re-enter both on the same day so you can also go there at night. Afterward, I finally met Stine, and we strolled through town, went on top of Marina Bay Sands, had lunch at a food market, and enjoyed that we got to see each other on basically the other side of the world. However, I only got to spend one afternoon with her and had to say goodbye shortly after again.

Walking across the city made me realize how clean it is everywhere and that Singapore was surprisingly green. Back at the hostel, I only wanted to sleep. But Stine highly recommended seeing The Garden Rhapsody at the Gardens by the Bay in the evening. So, I got out of bed and walked all the way there again. And in the end, it was also worth it as, this way, I saw the whole city during the nighttime as well. However, after walking nearly 22 kilometers in my Birkenstocks that day, all I could think of was finally going to sleep.

On my second and last day in Singapore, I visited Haji Lane in the late morning and then met Tilde again, who coincidently also went to Singapore the day after I left. So, together we walked down Orchard Street, Singapore’s main shopping street, stopped at some shops, and then took the gondola up to Mount Faber. There, you not only have a nice view of Sentosa island and the harbor of Singapore but can also ring the bell of happiness. Afterward, we hopped on the gondola again and got off at Sentosa Island, which looked more like a ghost town during this time of the year. 

Anyways, we got back to the gondola station right in time for sunset and could watch it from up there. And then it was already time to head back to the city again since I still needed to grab my bag at the hostel before heading to the airport again. When I got to the airport, which was probably the most beautiful one I’d ever been to, I was sad to leave Asia again since I had such a great time and met so many cool people here. Shortly before midnight, I left Singapore on an Airbus A380 back to London again and landed there after a 14-hours non-stop flight. After a short transfer there, I made it back to Vienna again – with many great memories and impressions in my bag and a nice tan on my skin.

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