Claudia, Peter, Lasse & Sil discovering the world


We took the bus from Melakka to Singapore. The border crossing was something special. Leaving Malaysia we had to get out of the bus to get our passports stamped. Back in the bus, on to the Singapore border. Here we had to get out again, this time with our entire luggage, which was scanned as if we were travelling by air. New stamps in our passport, back in the bus en on to Singapore city.

What we immediately noticed is that Singapore looks like one big, gigantic garden. Everything is so neatly maintained, no litter or debris on the streets or in the parks. It looks nice, but the down-side is that it is achieved by heavily enforcing numerous rules onto the people (littering - 100 SP$ fine, crossing the streets next to the designating crossing area - 50 SP$ fine, and so on).

We stayed one night. The afternoon of our arrival we enjoyed the streets around our hostel, ate dinner and went for a nightcap while Lasse and Sil were working themselves into a sweat on their borrowed skateboard. On the next day we went to the city-centre, with all its skyscrapers and very nice architecture. We visited the botanical garden, which was a bit boring, and were really low on energy, so we ‘enjoyed' a fast food lunch on the stretched-out lawns. Back to our hotel to pick up our luggage, a last drink, a last trip on the skateboard and into the metro to the airport.

We were so early that they could not even give us a gate number at checking in. We did not know what to expect with the earthquake in Christchurch - our destination - so we allowed some extra time. Our tickets had to be changed to allow for an extra stop-over in Auckland (later we learned this stop-over was to re-fuel the plane, as fuel was short in Christchurch). We checked our luggage, had dinner and bought Lasse a new mp3-player, as we lost his somewhere along the way.

In the end we had to hurry to be in time for boarding - New Zealand, here we come!



Svetlana & Family

Guys! Stay safe in New Zealand. Hopefully there will be no new Eathquake. Unbelievable how quickly the time flies, your trip is slowly going to the end (2 more months to go?). A whole year goes by so so quickly. Thanks for all the updates! I enjoyed reading them a lot, you write then are so nicely. How about to put it all in a book after you are back, with some pictures in, and travel guide tipps on the locations you visited (list of "unknown" sleep in places, cafes, interesting places to visit, secret drive roads, tipps on crossing the boarders, etc) that travellers like you (world trippers :-) or travellers like us :-) (with just a trip to one country at this stage) might find useful. It should get to the bestseller list :-)! And I can sign for a copy right now to be your first buyer (I did not get to read all the blog news, but can do that then in a book). You might even recover some travel costs with this! Big hug and greetings from Berllin from us four. Alexander started walking and thus keeps us all very busy :-). We don't get to writting you much, but we think of you and virtually travel with you! Thanks for keeping us updated! Enjoy NZ! And come back home safely. Looking forward to seeing you then at some point in 2011! Love , Svetlana

stefan, sabine und kids

hi, ihr lieben. sitze gerade bei (noch) eisiger kälte am (arbeits-,ess-etc)tisch und geniesse die frühlingssonne, während sabine in ams microsoftet. immer wieder erfreuen mich/uns euere tollen reiseberichte, die ich -die zeit rast vorbei!!- ja nun schon fast ein jahr lang mit grosser leidenschaft lese und die bilder (bisweilen doch etwas neidvoll) betrachte, während wir hier momentan leider noch nicht über die planungsphase (wohin und wann und welches projekt?) hinweggekommen sind...naja. wird schon noch! geniesst nz und was immer noch auf dem programm steht! bleibt gesund! ganz liebe grüsse an lasse und sil! und lasst bald wieder von euch hören!gruss stefan,sabine,lina und leon

Loes en André

Hallo buren,
Ondertussen zijn jullie Amsterdam waarschijnlijk bijna vergeten, maar toch even een oud nieuwtje: als jullie terugkomen (nog maar even niet aan denken), zijn wij hopelijk met zijn 3en. Loes is zwanger van een jongetje.
Verder blijft het leuk om jullie verhalen te lezen, met m.n. in Azië ook veel herkenning!
Enjoy New Zealand,
Loes en André

Bruni & Norbert

New Zealand, 27.03.2011 [Europe, 26.03.2011]:
It´s Peter´s Birthday!
Congratulations, Peter - ad multos annos!

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