SINGAPORE: The Republic welcomed a special visitor on Wednesday afternoon (Apr 15).
She is Australian Sandy Robson, who is paddling her way from Germany to Australia in a kayak. She embarked on her journey four years ago and arrived at Raffles Marina Yacht Club this afternoon. She will rest in Singapore for a few days before continuing her adventure.
Robson was inspired by German canoeist Oskar Speck, who went on the same journey in 1932. He reached Australia seven years later, just after the start of World War II.
As for Robson, she set off from Germany in May 2011 and has made her way past the coast of India and Bangladesh. After her pit stop in Singapore, she will continue kayaking through Indonesia and Papua New Guinea before finally arriving in Australia.
Reflecting on her journey, Robson spoke about her encounters with dangerous sea creatures and problems in getting permission from countries to pass through their waterways. She also shared with us some highlights of paddling through Asia.
"India was pretty amazing,” she said. “Going through the Sunderbands in Bangladesh where the Bengal tigers live, that was pretty exciting. Beaches in Thailand and Myanmar, and arriving in Singapore that was pretty cool."