I love walking; it’s one of my favorite past times, especially when exploring a new city. Walking gives me fresh air, exercise, and a chance to see things at my own pace. I think to truly appreciate a city’s unique vibe a person must walk through its streets, at least once, preferably without a destination in mind. It gives you a chance to look people in the eye, stop and smile, smell the food, fumble through your repertoire of words in that language, and glimpse down side streets that might just provide your next adventure.
When I visited Singapore I knew it was above my overall budget for my trip, especially compared to the rest of Southeast Asia, but I just had to see it. When he was a sailor, Joseph Conrad used to pick up his mail at the Fullerton Hotel. Somerset Maugham and Ernest Hemingway used to frequent the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel, which also invented the Singapore Sling. As a bibliophile, that was enough to peak my interest to travel here. Sadly, I couldn’t even afford a glass of water in the Raffles Hotel, let alone a Singapore Sling, but I did take a wander through the building.
As a result of the high price tag on everything in this impressive city state, I spent the majority of my time in Singapore walking the streets, enjoying the views of the river, photographing the beautiful old buildings, and hunting down cheap hawker food.
A simple walk around Singapore won’t disappoint. There’s a Merlion (or three), free art and sculptures everywhere, a boat straddling the tops of three mighty tall buildings, beautiful parks, and memorable views of the skyline.
And if you are feeling more adventurous you can always take a ride on the cable car or a walk through the notorious neighborhood of Geylang.