Monthly Archives: July 2015

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Nowhere is Singapore’s futuristic architecture on better display than at Gardens by the Bay, a large botanic garden that showcases plants from around the world in a mix of natural and manmade wonders. Two giant glass domes cover the indoor gardens, while the outdoor space is dominated by towering metal “supertrees” covered in plants, which are the… Read More

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo

Singapore is home to one of the best zoos in the world, known for its realistic habitats. Highlights for us were the white tigers, the surprisingly feisty giant tortoises, and the primates—especially the orangutans, baboons, and chimpanzees, who were able to live and play in large family groups. Read More

Singapore Street Scenes

Singapore Street Scenes

In search of cheaper hotels, spicy food, and a less antiseptic experience, we stayed in Singapore’s Little India neighborhood. There, traditional Chinese shophouses (like those we saw in Malaysia and Phuket, Thailand) have been brightly painted and repurposed to serve the thousands of southern Indian and Sri Lankan workers who live in the neighborhood or… Read More

The Ancient Town Next Door

The Ancient Town Next Door

Haderslev, Denmark, the town nearest to where we’re housesitting, deserves better. It doesn’t receive a single mention in the Lonely Planet guidebook for Denmark, and the friend we’re housesitting for gave the impression that it’s a fairly uninteresting place. So we weren’t expecting much Read More

At Home in Denmark

At Home in Denmark

We’ve settled into our housesit in Denmark, in the hamlet of Over Aastrup (a collection of houses and farm buildings, a community meeting hall, and an old church) a few miles outside the town of Haderslev in southeastern Jutland. The house is small and rustic but pleasant, Read More

On Being an American in Vietnam

On Being an American in Vietnam

One thing people have asked us about our travels in Vietnam is whether we experienced any hostility because we’re Americans. The answer is basically no. Sometimes, on asking and hearing our nationality, people would noticeably bristle Read More