Singapore was not initially a country we had planned to visit on our journey, but since Elises 20th birthday only happens once in a lifetime, Jørn bought two tickets there to make it a birthday worth remembering.
We had quite a “wow” experience when flying into Singapore, as the sight that met us was tall skyscrapers, green parks, and sparkling clean sidewalks.
Before we got there, we had arranged to stay with a Chinese couple we had contacted through couch surfing. This gave the opportunity to meet some fantastic people and it also saved us a lot of money since accommodation in Singapore is very expensive.
The five days we spent flew by quickly, since there were so many things to do and people to meet. During the days we strolled around, seeing the Marina Bay Sands (tall shopping center and hotel with a huge ship on top of it), the Singapore Flyer (the worlds biggest Mary-go-round), taking picnics in the parks, and visiting Sentosa Island. The main attraction on Sentosa is of course the theme park Universal Studios. If you visit Singapore, this is a place you should not miss out on. We had a fantastic time there, and people of all ages seemed to enjoy it just as much as we did. Outside the theme park you can find an indoor skydiving center called iFly where you can be weightless in a wind tunnel. For some it might be a high price to pay, as a normal “flight” only lasts for 45 seconds, but for us it was well worth the we paid for our two “flights”.
The last days we felt almost at home, as we were invited over to the Norwegian Seamen’s Church for a proper Norwegian meal (potetball, røykelaks og pinnekjøtt) with family friends from home. They also invited us over to their appartment, to stay an extra night before leaving to Kuala Lumpur.