Shana and Emma have landed stateside. It’s hard to believe this morning (yesterday?) we were still in Singapore enjoying three cheese toast, kaya, and kopi before we hopped a plane. We both agree that the people we met while in Singapore are the reason we had such an amazing time.
One thing we learned is that Bowdoin College Polar Bears are everywhere, including Singapore! Our last breakfast we met up with Kristen and Jackie for a mini alumni Bowdoin reunion!
We then ventured to Little India which was an adventure…many of the people on Sundays in Little India are men as they are in the country on 2-3 year labor work visas. Therefore, on their day off, they recharge their phones, grab a beer, and hang out in the area. We felt like we were constantly on display and in complete culture shock. We did enjoy some incredible Indian food though (arguably not the best idea before a 30 hour flight? When in Little Indian…).
Our last day (Sunday) was the celebration of Singapore’s 50th year as an independent country. There was a parade and a huge celebration downtown including fireworks! We spent the evening with Brian and Robin and their family having coffee and gin and tonics and watching the celebration from the top of Yale NUS – no complaints!
Sara and Jackie took us to the airport for another coffee and a tearful goodbye. Our adventure home began with security confiscating our kaya jam, but at least we were in good company and homeward bound. A final thank you to EVERYONE we met in Singapire. From students to administration to locals, we were so inspired by all of you and can’t believe how quickly time flew. Thank you for letting us share our work with you and we are looking to you to keep the conversation going!