Having never travelled outside of North America, I can only wonder what awaits on the opposite side of the globe in my three month stay in Singapore. I can't even explain how excited I am to do really cool algae research at a really hot (literally and figuratively) country (just as a side note, the temperatures average between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit--that definately beats April snow showers here in New Jersey). However, what I can do is illustrate exactly where I will be going sourced from the #1 globetrotter--the Internet.
I will be living in an area called Taman Jurong, which actually translates to Jurong Gardens. At the top is a neat picture of Taman Jurong Park that appears to have palm trees typical of a tropical region--in other words, I should bring extra strength sunblock lotion. I am a huge nature lover, so catching some sun and exploring the different parks and the nature reserve will take up the bulk of my free time. I've already planned out the three months with fun events like the Singapore Arts Festival and the Evolution Garden Tour. As a bonus, I found that the Beerfest Asia 2011 event is on my 21st birthday! Even with pictures and websites available on the world wide web, I still have a lot to learn about Singaporean culture, and that is something that can only be experienced first hand. My mission is to conduct independent research on glycerol production in algae, yet there is something deeply rooted in this small country that has big dreams, and I'm glad to be a part of it as it all takes shape.
Three weeks remaining until I'm off, 'till we meet again! ~P.L.H~