The City-State of Singapore

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After four months backpacking through South East Asia, Singapore felt like an oasis. The impeccable streets, the lack of tuk-tuks, the ordered traffic, and the honk-free driving felt like a dream. We only stayed for three days as a layover for our flight to Nepal but we made it count—especially the large amount of food we ate!

Singapore_Singapore_Viaje_Asia_2014-2015_IMG_5797_Simon_Uribe-ConversMasjid Sultan Mosque

Singapore_Singapore_Viaje_Asia_2014-2015_IMG_5800_Simon_Uribe-ConversMuscat Street, great place for food and drinks

We had the luck of staying with Kevin and Jade, friends of a friend, who were kind enough to open the doors of their home. We had a great time! Singaporeans are known for their love for food and Kevin showed us why. First, we went out for dinner to try the famous Singapore chilli crab, listed at number 35 on “World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go! If that wasn’t enough, we had a late dinner (or supper) of chicken wings, chicken satay, and stingray followed by ice cream made with local fruits. Everything was absolutely delicious, so much that we forgot to take photos of the food! Oh well, at least you get to see one of them.

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Singapore_Singapore_Viaje_Asia_2014-2015_IMG_5881_Simon_Uribe-ConversThe famous “Merlion”

Singapore_Singapore_Viaje_Asia_2014-2015_IMG_5837_Simon_Uribe-ConversThe three towers at the Marina Bay Sands

We spent our days walking around the city, enjoying the modern architecture, the many parks, and the interesting mix of cultures. Overall a great place to visit to try all the amazing food in the country and to escape the madness of other Southeast Asian countries.

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Singapore_Singapore_Viaje_Asia_2014-2015_IMG_5806_Simon_Uribe-ConversThe National Library

Singapore_Singapore_Viaje_Asia_2014-2015_IMG_5831_Simon_Uribe-ConversThere is even Christmas decorations in Singapore!

Finally, no visit to Singapore is complete without exploring Changi Airport. Complete with free movie theaters, free massage chairs, various gardens (including a butterfly one), and the tallest airport slide in the world, this place is amazing. We came two hours earlier than recommend for our flight to have enough time to wander around. Totally worth it.

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Singapore_Singapore_Viaje_Asia_2014-2015_IMG_5917_Simon_Uribe-ConversProbably the best view of any toilet I have ever been to