Most visitors to the East Javan capital of Surabaya soon escape to the hills for the peaceful national parks and stunning mountain views.
But despite its reputation as a fast-paced, business-minded sprawl, there are pockets of local life in this colonial port city that are well worth uncovering.
Illustrator Nita Darsono takes her watercolors and her sketchpad to the ancient Arab quarter of Kampung Arab to capture its maze of alleyways, vibrant Middle Eastern architecture, buzzing markets and street food stalls.
Let her brush strokes be your guide on your next visit.
Illustrations: Nita Darsono