April 27th, 2009 - I made it to Surabaya (Java) intact though grimy and a bit tired. I decided to splurge and get a nicer hotel room. It was an excellent decision and I am now so clean you could eat off me. Right next door to the Tunjungan Hotel (where I'm at) is the Tunjungan Plaza Shopping Center. What a place. I am not sure I have experienced such a profound sense of culture shock as I did when I entered this mall.
Most of these scenes were dominated by poverty and a very low standard of living. Suddenly I come to Indonesia’s second largest city and I find myself in a mall that rivals any I’ve seen in the First World. It was extremely difficult to wrap my mind around.