Surabaya, Indonesia: Home Sweet Home? Vote Now


Voting is underway for where TPOL should move in December. Wherever readers say I should go, I will go. Each week I’ll feature two cities, one ranked the highest according to Nomad List and the one ranked at the bottom of the list.

Near the top were two cities in Bali which looked peaceful enough. Near the bottom of the list is Surabaya, Indonesia. Part of the fun of this crazy idea of having readers decide where I should live is learning about new cities that may be worth visiting. Last December, I went to Jakarta, Indonesia. Even though it was a fun time, I couldn’t imagine being stuck in traffic for four months. Not wanting to spoil the surprise of what adventure awaits at my new home, I do not do extensive research. However, a quick Google of Surabaya resulted in the following headline: “Surabaya is a port city on the Indonesian island of Java. A vibrant, sprawling metropolis, it mixes modern skyscrapers with canals and buildings from its Dutch colonial past. It has a thriving Chinatown and an Arab Quarter whose Ampel Mosque dates to the 15th century.”

That sounds awesome! I’d vote to go there. Will you?

The traffic can’t be worse than Jakarta


    • oh i dont think there’s a way around this one, sounds like i’m tirana bound. next time it will be a more purposeful list. i dont mind going there for a few months but it doesn’t do much for my law practice…

  1. I’ve spent a lot of time in Surabaya in the past year. It’s a cheap place with reliable transportation. Traffic is pretty bad. You’re going to have a social life revolving around going to some of the city’s mega malls. I know of at least one US attorney who lives in Surabaya.

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