Singapore has a bad rep. The city state is generally perceived as nothing more than a hub for finance and shopping. But step beyond the CBD (Central Business District) and you can find some of the most vibrant ethnic neighborhoods in the world. During my four days there, I celebrated my first Diwali in Little India, ate the best Babaganoush in my life on Arab Street and explored a historic teahouse in China town.
The fact that Singapore is a former British colony, which becomes apparent around 4 pm when everyone breaks for tea, only adds to the country’s cultural amalgam. All of this is on the backdrop of one of the most clean, modern, borderline futuristic cities I have ever visited.
However, all stereotypes are based on a grain of truth. I spent four days in Singapore and did not feel I needed more. Given its limited tourist attractions but fantastic food, weather and public transportation, I would say that Singapore is a better place to live than to visit. Nonetheless, the city’s beauty is definitely more than skin deep.