Saturday, 25 July 2015

#alivegurlmudik: For Old Times' Sake

Hi, everyone! How’ve you been doing? I hope you are well, if not great. Sorry I’ve been AWOL for so long. But these past couple weeks have been incredible for us. It was great, getting together with the family, as well as exploring our parents’ hometown. My sister and I took advantage of our time in Surabaya to see more of the town we grew to love yet knew nothing about. It was high time that changed. First place we hit up was Kota Lama (the Old Town), which is located on the north of the city. It houses all the oldest buildings in town. In comparison to Semarang’s Kota Lama, this place was a disappointment. It was pretty run-down and uncared for. There were some great alleyways we took advantage of, though, since they consisted of tons of old houses with vintage windows and antique doors.

Urban Outfitters hat // thrifted denim jacket // N.y.L.a. top // May & June skirt // H&M socks (old) // DF Fashion shoes // Kmart purse (Sis's) // photos by Akita

To be honest, it was probably a huge downer because we didn’t really know where to look - unlike our time in Semarang, where we had locals who could tell us what’s what - because the moment we got in a taxi and drove away, we saw all these other amazing buildings that we were too tired to explore on foot. Oh well, maybe a sight for another time. The neighbourhood that we did manage to check out, though, consists of many small factories, like a syrup factory. When we were taking photos, a car stopped by and gave us a thumbs up for taking advantage of the location. The driver asked us where we were from and if we came there for the syrup. If I wasn’t intrigued before, I surely was then. But we didn’t go home with the syrup, mind you. We had other agendas that day - none of which is blogger-esque, so I’m not even going to go into that. Stay tuned for the next (exciting) part!

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