Singapore Botanic Gardens – Perfect Oasis for Free

One other great thing about Singapore are botanical gardens that are the only ones in the tropics to be UNESCO World Heritage Site. After spending several hours there we could perfectly understand why. The plant variety is incredible and so is attention to detail. Little statues and sculptures emerge in every little corner to complete the picture. They also are free to enter – very nice addition in a very expensive city like Singapore.

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Dresden – a Beautiful City of Baroque Architecture and Funky Art Scene

Few things to mention before getting to Dresden. The convenience of flying within Schengen zone – this becomes even more apparent after travelling outside Europe where we spend many hours queuing in border checks. Now we flew from Helsinki to Prague – so smooth, absolutely zero minutes wasted in clearing immigration. If only people would remember this when they talked about European Union.

Second it is nice to be back to Europe where things are familiar, organised, and predictable. You should have seen the delight on Markus’s face when we arrived at German autobahn and he could hit the gas pedal. The joy of driving over 110km/h. Also seeing an old Trabbi got him quite excited.

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We did our day trip the smart way. We stayed at the cheap “pension” close to the border on Czech side and then drove 45 min to Dresden thus avoiding high accommodation costs in Dresden. Read More »

A Journey in Numbers

Since we’re back in Europe for a couple of weeks, I thought it’s time for small résumé. Being a mathematician, the only way I could think of was doing it in numbers…

5 months on the road

We left London on December 6 and touched down in Helsinki on May 8. It’s not even been that long, but our time in London already feels like a different life in the distant past.

10 countries visited

Namely: Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand. Granted, Hong Kong and Macau are special administrative regions of China, not sovereign countries, but they handle their own immigration, which brings me to my next point. Read More »