Changhua City 彰化市 feels surprisingly old. Perhaps it was just the moody weather, or maybe the neighbourhood around the central train station is unusually archaic, but every place I went by spoke to my sense of history. This particular hotel, Jīnchéng Lǚshè 金城旅社 on Cháng’ān Street 長安街, caught my eye for some reason. As long as the railways have been delivering goods and people there have been budget hotels in the area. I wonder about the thousands of nights that have unfolded here as human beings layover in transit from one part of the island to the next. By the way, “istirahat” is Indonesian for rest or repose.