After a few days in Singapore guess where I ended up - yup back in Malaysia! A country I travelled through for 2,5 months, I just somehow fell in love with it. The food, soooo delicious and extremely easy for vegetarians; the culture, which is such a big mix of so many religions and traditions that even the western travellers feel welcome and integrated; and the people, who are some of the friendliest and kindest people I have met, always there to help you out if you need it (and randomly spend you food or tea without even talking to them). It is a country I feel welcomed in, comfortable and safe (this is especially important for us solo female travellers! To read more on which places are particularly safe and which you maybe should avoid click here).
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My Temporary Home and House on Langkawi! I absolutely love it here!
Singapore is not as crazy expensive and futuristic as you might think. Yes, everything (or at least most things are) is Man Made, like the 'a bit too fake island' of Santosa, or the Marina Bay Sands Towers with a Ship (yes a SHIP!) built onto the top, but it is actually quite a nice and calm city to be in. After travelling through Malaysia for 2,5 months, exploring all the different islands and mainland mountains, jungles and cities, Singapore was a nice change without being too different. It is a bit upper class, with a huge business district in the downtown area, close to Chinatown, with all the huge skyscrapers and fancy banking buildings, and it reminds me a lot of a big city in Europe. Maybe a reason why I started to feel a bit homesick (let me tell you, this has been the first time I actually thought of getting on a plane back home), after a whole year of travelling.