You can walk ANYWHERE in Singapore. There are sidewalks on all streets, even the busiest ones. I usually go one of two ways: to the Botanic Gardens or toward Holland Village. The Botanic Gardens are a mere ten-minute walk from my apartment, with pure jungle on my left the entire walk (busy road to the right). In fact, the Sultan of Malaysia had a palace on that land, that was just left to deteriorate. Oh I wish, how I wish, I could get back there to check it out, but instead I resort to pictures found on the internet. If you have a minute, it's completely fascinating.
Also, the two people Jason has asked about snakes have admitted they've had encounters. So at least I kind of have a reason.
Back to the walk. The gardens are beautiful and I will let the pictures speak for themselves. It is so comforting to know that in a big city, I'm so close to this tranquil setting. We took the kids last week and they really enjoyed feeding the fish and turtles, and swinging on the vines. I'm sure Sophia will force me into the rainforest next time. Look out snakes, here I come!!
Additional photos of the Botanic Gardens:
Word of caution, WAIT for the green man when crossing the street. Oh my goodness, I got sick of waiting and almost forgot the direction of the traffic (they drive on the opposite side of the road). Lesson learned and won't do that again.
Here are a couple of pictures on my route. I walk on the main road, then turn off on side streets, just for variety.
Lastly, about a week ago, I took my walk at night (big plus is the relative safety of Singapore, you can walk around at any time) and was strolling by the nearest hospital, when I spotted a pretty good-sized wild animal bounding into the bushes. I estimate it was about 40 pounds, black or dark brown and had a long and thick tail. Because it was running away from me I couldn't see it's face, and I have no idea what it was. Hope you had a good experience at the hospital, mystery jungle animal!
So there you have it, my morning routine. Which of course always ends with a shower. Which is pointless....I will need another in two hours.
Next time - our first trip to Sentosa Island!