Five minutes walk from our house is the Alun-alun selatan-a small walled ring road with a field in the middle. By day, neighboring elementary schools use it as a sports field but by night, the place turns into a man-powered carousel. Teenagers and families rent lit-up golf carts and tandem bicycles to cruise round and round the field, bumping to the sounds of Lady Gaga.
On the outer perimeter, push-cart hawkers serve ronde (a gingery hot liquid with peanuts and other accompaniments), chicken satay, and boiled corn. Inside the ring road, people laugh at their girlfriends or boyfriends wandering around blindfolded in (often unsuccessful) attempts to split the two banyan trees that protrude from the grassy landscape. Good luck comes to those who can pass between the giant banyans (without peeking).