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4 December

Okay, now on to today. I felt like it was time for some culture so I decided it was time to check Chinatown, Little India and Arab street out. 3 cultures in a day, oh yes I actually made it.

I went out, with my umberella ready to take action. I was lucky, it was cloudy and no rain for the moment. It's December and it's over 30 degrees, I'm so not used to this. I spoke to my parents and heard that there is still no snow back home yet.

Anyway, I managed to take the subway/underground train to Chinatown, I feel proud. I mean like I have gone by subway in Stockholm before, but as said (did I say it though?) I'm from the countryside, this is like a new world for me.

The more of Singapore I explore, the more I realize how beautiful this city is, for real. And Chinatown, no expection.
I have realized that Marina Bay, where my hotel is, is more of a ”buissness area”. Clean. Kind of bare. I should really go to other places of the island, the north for example.

I walked around the streets for a while and got really hungry when I felt all the scents from different resturants around every corner. I decided it was lunch time and found a resturant and had a great meal.

Chinatown really left me amazed and I think I will pay the place at least one more visit during my trip. Compared to the stores at Marina Bay Sands, I found the smaller cute market-kind-of-shops that, I don't know about others, but that I myself looks for abroad. I spent some money on for instance a refridgerator magnet, a souvenir I always get when visiting a new place. This one will look great next to my others at home.

Next up was Arab Street!
As the name reveals, it's a street and I decided to walk along it. I later found out that ”Arab Street” can also refer to other streets such as ”Bagdhad Street” or ”Sultan Gate”. I got to the street by taxi so I could get to the exact place that I had looked up at Google Maps.

Guess what the first thing I see is? Arriving to Arab Street the first thing I see is a Swedish flag. I had to look twice, my mind wasn't playing me tricks, there was a Swedish flag hanging there. I then notice the Swedish word ”fika” on the sun blinds. Turns out I had stumbled across ”Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro”. Of course I had to check this out, as a Swede this felt like a duty.

The place served indeed, ”fika” but also food. When I told them that I'm Swedish they got really excited and spoke to me very friendly. I found out that the place was founded by a muslim woman who married a Swedish guy and had a major interest in Scandinavia. Today she is known for doing the best Halal meatballs in Singapore. Unfortunately I had eaten lunch not long ago so I just had a ”chokladboll”, a Swedish popular pastry.

I said bye to ”fika” and continued to walk the Arab Street. They sell alot of different fabrics but also other typical ”market stuff”. Then I got to the place that I came here to visit; The Sultan Mosque.

Suddenly I felt like I was inside an Aladdin film. I let the picture tell, I can't really describe it with words.
I took a guided tour inside the mosque, and I learned so much! Religious places speak to me personally since I'm religious myself, and I'm interested in different religions.

When the tour was over, it was already late afternoon and I still had one more place to visit. Luckily Little India wasn't far away from Arab Street. Just like Chinatown and Arab Street, this place had lots of ”market shops” (this has become my new word), I really enjoy the atmosphere in all of this places. I made some more shopping and then I found a nice resturant to have dinner. At nighttime there are beautiful lights everywhere.
Unfortunately Little India was my last stop so I was a bit tired and didn't stay too long. I took an taxi home because it felt easiest for the moment. Today I have really seen and learned a lot.

Okay I'm not good at do good endings in my posts. But I'm off to sleep now so night night! Z z Z z

Posted by travellingsofa 13:05 Archived in Singapore

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