Courtney’s Vicarious Journey...
By Courtney DeSchepper
Hello from Singapore! While I was only in this port on March 22 I was
still able to see so much of the city. The weather was a little humid
and warm with the temperature in low 80’s. However, this was the first
country that it really rained in during the day. Even through the rain
it was still beautiful.
While in Singapore I visited China Town and Little India. In China Town
I was able to go and see a Hindu Temple. This temple was beautiful. It
wasn’t quite like the ones I had seen in India, but it was still
beautiful. I also got to experience a small taste of what China was
going to be like in a few short weeks. I look forward to getting to
compare China Town to China. In Little India it was interesting to
compare it to India where we had just come from. I saw so many other
tourists who had never been to India thought that Little India was so
authentic. It was actually nothing like India. I was able to walk
around these two small sections of Singapore for part of the day. Most
of the day though was spent enjoying all that Singapore had to offer.
I spent part of the day looking for a statue called the Merlion. The
Merlion is a fountain like statue that spits water into the Indian
Ocean. This half lion half mermaid statue symbolizes Singapore. The
statue is half lion and half mermaid because the founder called it the
lion city and the mermaid because it is an island. It is a very strange
but unique statue that Singapore takes great pride in.
My favorite place in the city was the Orchid Garden. There were over
1,000 species of orchids and over 3,000 blooming plants at any given
time. There are an innumerable variety of colors of orchids. There were
tiny orchids and orchids almost as tall as me. It was an incredible
sight. It is amazing that nature can be so beautiful all around the
world. I was able to spend quite a bit of time exploring the
gardens and looking in amazement at the orchids, each one unique in its
The city is much like the orchid garden; very unique. Much of the city
is very futuristic. There are buildings seventy-three stories high,
buildings that look like they are floating midair, and so much more. I
could have spent an entire day just exploring downtown looking at how
each building is different. This city is much more sustainable than any
other city I have ever seen. I look forward to seeing if the states
begin to make advances towards more sustainable life like Singapore
has. I will definitely be returning to Singapore in fifteen years or so
to see the differences between now and then.
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