Let’s view the world through the eyes of an artist.
We are delighted to bring you the art and world view of this year’s Solo Traveler Artist in Residence, Marie Pottiez, a visual artist and traveler. On her blog, Miles of Happiness, Marie illustrates her journeys, inspiring people to travel beyond their comfort zone. Seems like a good fit to us. Here is Marie’s perspective, sharing her travel experience and a series of images of Singapore. Marie’s illustrations are also available for purchase on her blog.
Images of Singapore
It’s not my first visit to Singapore. I came a couple of years ago. Honestly, I found it too neat and very impersonal. The tall buildings that all look the same, the city center with no authenticity and no charm, the people all wearing the same black-and-white suit… Today, I am back to explore the city deeply–and hopefully, to change my opinion.
So here we are. Little India. I was expecting a couple of Indian restaurants, but it’s much more than that. It’s an atmosphere. People wear traditional dresses, incredible smells – from curry to incense – waft out from the stores, the houses are extremely colorful, we can hear some Indian music from the back of the shops. I don’t even know where I am anymore – it’s a whole different world here. I see an immense noisy place full of people. It’s a food court – dozens and dozens of tiny restaurants next to each other. It’s peak hour. People are hungry and hurried, and I’m here, in the middle of this mess, sitting with my lunch tray, observing them. The mix of people is incredible: there are Indian people, business men, backpackers, families of expats, and local couples on a date. The fusion offers a great vibe. Actually, anyone could feel like they belong here. I can’t wait to continue my exploration.
A dhal later, I’m off to the Arabic district. I see fewer colored Indian dresses, and start to spot some sublime oriental dresses. Then it’s here, stately, at the end of a charming alley bordered with palm trees: the mosque. Awe inspiring. I take a mint tea on a terrace and enjoy people watching. I cannot believe this is Singapore. How could I have missed this?
My day finishes in Marina Bay, strolling around the luxurious Gardens by the Bay, then enjoying the view from the rooftop. The city looks so quiet and still. Now I know it abounds with life, colors, markets, flavors, and traditions. And I know I will come back to Singapore.