After having the luck we had, thanks to karma, on our way to Surabaya, we had almost two days spend in this huge city! Now this wasn’t my first time in Surabaya, many times my girlfriend and I would go to Surabaya to spend the evening, have a drink in a bar (as our city, Mojokerto, didn’t have any) and go back home in the evening.
This, however, doesn’t mean I knew my ways THAT well around Surabaya. I knew how to get to places, I knew how to ask for directions, but still I’d easily get lost, especially in “kota Surabaya” (aka downtown) as it looked all the same with one way streets!
We had our two nights booked in an amazing hotel in downtown, less than 500 meters away from Tunjungan Plaza, the biggest mall in Surabaya, and so, the first evening we spent walking around the mall and doing some souvenir shopping with our new found money, then on the way home we stopped in a bar and had a couple of drinks before going to sleep.
The next morning, after the huge breakfast in the hotel, we went back to the room to pack so we won’t waste the night, then decided to go out and explore. We walked, and walked, and walked more, not knowing where to go. I remember when I used to get lost in Surabaya; I used to see some amazing building, beautiful water fountains and good looking streets. Not on foot, no. We still stumbled upon some nice street art and graffiti, amazingly decorated squares with colorful flowers, but not as much as getting lost on the scooter. At one point there was a sign pointing to a street saying “flower market”…We were both interested to find this flower market, but were directed instead to just a few shops selling flowers, not the market we had imagined in mind.
At around 2 pm we were exhausted! Walking in Indonesian heat, even in the rainy season (Surabaya doesn’t get much rain and is usually sunny and so hot!) is an energy draining task! We decided to have lunch. And that was when we resorted to our newly found bar – honestly, we were crossing the street over a pedestrian bridge, and it was there, welcoming us!
After the cocktails, we had “lunch” in Tunjungan Plaza in a dessert place (it’s a blast not having a mother to say this isn’t a healthy lunch!) For lunch, we had the biggest chocolate fondue I’ve had to this day!
After the afternoon cocktail, lunch and a quick nap we went out again, walked around the hotel, and then decided to treat ourselves to some fancy dinner in Tunjungan Plaza mall. We went there, walked through ALL restaurants, thinking what to eat, it had to be something Asian, not specifically Indonesian, but not sushi as we have had sushi in these restaurants almost on weekly basis.
We settled down in the end for a Chinese restaurant that looked fancy yet with decent prices. The menu over whelmed us, we didn’t really understand half of the menu, but decided to get wild. We ordered some kind of frogs in a weird sauce: Delicious, some dumplings: Oily, and for the main course we had Beijing duck; it is an understatement to say that this is the most delicious duck I have ever eaten in my life!
On a funny note, after 10 minutes of eating, and without us asking for it, one of the Chinese waiters decided to get us forks and knives. We obviously were making fools of ourselves without noticing. But that didn’t make the meal any less delicious.
In short, our stay in Surabaya wasn’t eventful, we didn’t go out to see “places to visit” in Surabaya, but as a “last 2 nights in Indonesia” stay, they were a blast for us! I definitely enjoyed using my little Indonesian for the few last hours!