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From the pages of Monocle: In the slipstream -- Surabaya

High-rise construction sites provide a backdrop to Dutch colonial buildings in central Surabaya. (Photo by Muhammad Fadli)

On a sunny Sunday in Surabaya, crowds of people are enjoying a day off in Taman Bungkul, a compact but verdant park in the middle of Indonesia's second city. Since this is the middle of Ramadan, the vendors manning the food stalls are waiting until nightfall to sell bowls of rawon, Surabaya's famous black beef soup, and rujak, a sweet-and-spicy fruit salad. Later in the evening, on the Jalan Yos Sudarso thoroughfare, families can be seen queuing to get into Zangrandi, an ice-cream parlour that has been serving its popular tutti-frutti since it was opened by an Italian family in 1933.

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