Weekend in Sydney - A Tale of Two Cities

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My view while enjoying my mango smoothie.
Part II: The Good. I awoke at 7a to the sound of construction and the smell of bad Korean food. But I was happy.  I knew that this was all about to end. I decided not to bathe until I got to the Ibis. If you had seen the bathrooms, you would understand and agree with this decision. I took my important possessions with me and decided to follow Mrs Giebelhaus' advice and head to Darling Harbour for a nice breakfast. It was nice. I had the most beautiful view as I drank my mango smoothie. I read the Weekend Australian newspaper and decided to do a little more touring before I switched rooms at 2p. I was close to the Chinese Friendship Gardens and I decided to pay them a visit.
My lovely tea in the Chinese Friendship Gardens.
I was very happy that I did. It is beautiful. There is the sound of waterfall that drowns out the sound of the city. The gardens are a gift from the region of Guangdong, which is twinned with New South Wales. I had a very lovely pot of jasmine tea and looked forward to the new hotel. At 2p, I checked out of the hellhole. They informed me that I would not be getting a refund. I told them that I did not care. I checked into the Ibis and almost cried from happiness when I walked into my room and felt the cool breeze of the air conditioner. I hopped in the shower and suddenly had a horrific pain in my shoulder. I either had pulled a major muscle or had pinched a nerve. It was really bad. I managed to finish the shower and change into clean clothes. I then headed across the street to the little mall and into the chemists. I went up to the chemist and asked for the strongest pain killer she could give me. I am now in love with Nurofen Plus. Its ibuprofen and codeine! It was the best stuff I have ever taken that didn't involve a needle or immediate sleep. Anyway- I felt good enough to enjoy a nice rest. Then the rains started. It had been another really warm day (34C/93F) and so it was a huge storm. No thunder, but tons of rain. The roads became like rivers. I thought it would be nice to stay in my room and watch the New South Wales state election results (also, being an elections nerd, it worked out perfectly). That was how I spent my evening. I loved it. I fell asleep about 11p.
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My view while enjoying my mango sm…
My view while enjoying my mango s…
My lovely tea in the Chinese Frien…
My lovely tea in the Chinese Frie…
My company while I ate.
My company while I ate.
A beautiful view of the gardens. Y…
A beautiful view of the gardens. …
Chinese garden pond.
Chinese garden pond.
Waterfall in the Chinese Gardens.
Waterfall in the Chinese Gardens.
Closer shot of the waterfall.
Closer shot of the waterfall.
I like how the bird was just sitti…
I like how the bird was just sitt…
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