Between 2008 and 2010 I frequently visited Singapore, and between 2011 to 2014 I lived and worked in this multicultural city-state, primarily at the Centre for Quantum Technologies. Here I share some information that might be useful for fellow tourists and expats, focusing on practical information rather than stereotypes along the lines of "Disneyland with the death penalty".

A few days ago I received a much belated letter, 23 years to be precise. I should already have received it in 1987 at the age of six, when I was staying in Berkeley, California with my family for nine months. During that time I started the hobby of collecting stamps (long since discontinued), so I ordered free souvenir pages of the US Postal Service with some stamps. At the time the letter arrived at our house in Berkeley, however, we have already left the US and returned to Germany.

This article aims to provide some advice on how to conveniently travel between London (or nearby Oxford) and Paris.


1. Between London and Paris

The choice between plane and train is an easy one. With the high speed Eurostar train you can travel between London and Paris in just over 2 hours. This is not only more comfortable and environmentally friendly than flying, but usually faster and cheaper as well. The Eurostar runs from St Pancras station in London to Gare du Nord station in Paris. Booking your train online is very convenient, but in order to get the cheapest tickets, you will have to do so a few weeks in advance. Then you have to pay less than £100 for a return journey. There don't seem to be any student deals, but if you're under 26 you can get a youth ticket. If you want to avoid the £3 credit card handling fee, you can pay with a debit card (Solo/Maestro).

So I had my first weekend-long snowboarding trip in Japan last week. You can't fail to notice some subtle differences if you're not from anywhere around there.