Next stop…Surabaya….As it was the cheapest flight I ended up in the second largest city in Indonesia.
Surabaya is Indonesia’s second-largest city with a population of over 3.1 million (5.6 million in the metropolitan area), and the capital of the province of East Java. It is located on the northern shore of eastern Java at the mouth of the Mas River and along the edge of the Madura Strait.
The City itself has not much to offer, but is a good shortcut to Mt. Bromo that I will do in a couple of days. Surabaya is very crowded and seems to be a poor city with lots and lots of street vendors no pavements and thousands of scooters. And if there were pavements they all look like this…
However, I tried to find the beauty of the city, but besides big shopping malls and a crowded scenery I failed mostly.
The next day just ‘walked’ through the city and townships ending up in a ChessClub in the middle of some shanties. I played against twice against one local Indonesia ending 1:1…maybe I should practice chess again.
After my intellectual effort I took a taxi to Suramadu Bridge. The texi driver kindly ask me whether he should wait for me…And after a couple of minutes I figured out why…This is the poorest area in Surabaya…Most taxis avoid the area allover since they fear to being robbed…and especially during the night you won’t find a taxi here anymore. After a 20min stay and lots and lots of people asking me questions in a language that I do not understand, I returned with my taxi driver to the city…
The Suramadu Bridge connects Surabaya and Madura Island over the Madura Strait. Suramadu is an abbreviation of Surabaya-Madura. A 16-kilometer highway will be built from the Suramadu Bridge to Madura International Seaport-City (MIS-C) in Pernajuh village, Kocah district, Bangkalan, Madura at a cost of approximately Rp60 billion (USD 7 billion).
When you travel you see how big and beautiful our world is, but you also see how fucked up it is as well….