There is something very unique about travelling and during this trip there have been moments when I’ve felt like I was in film. Almost as though I’m reflecting on myself being there, living that moment. I feel it at times when I am most relaxed and immersed in the country. I felt it when we were in Raffles Hotel drinking Singapore Slings or when having a great conversation with someone I’d only just met, as though we’d known each other for years.
Perhaps I get this feeling because parts of Singapore have only become developed in the last 30-40 years, you can still feel the history and authenticity behind them. You can imagine the wheeling and dealing, the hustle and bustle of a thriving port that went on there long before there were expats in suits drinking beer. You can imagine it how it was in the old films about Asia. The ones I used to watch as a kid when I would marvel at the richness of life, the colours and traditions. I think it’s also the fact that there have been moments during this trip when I’ve been with someone and no one else in the whole world knows where I was. Even if I called my 50 closest friends and family and told them where I was, they wouldn’t know the place.
Modern Day Exploring
There’s something very liberating about that. It’s modern day exploration. How often in our lives do we have the opportunity to feel this way, to go somewhere completely new on our own and make new friends? For me, travel is the epitome of freedom. Having the opportunity and ability to explore the world and learn from it is something I do not take lightly and very much appreciate.
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