Saturday, December 24

 
Sydney sans Violence Part One

As many would have known...the intrepid traveller (albeit unwillingly) in me has covered 3 states in 2 weeks...a week in the sunny beaches of Gold Coast...back to my port of call in Melbourne for a refuel...and to Sydney for a 'to please the girlfriend' trip...

To be honest...Sydney didnt look appealin at all to me...the escalatin racial riots and violence in the precedin weeks have given the city a really grim and gritty aura to it...perhaps it's the media...who're only too keen to exploit events such as these to sell their papers or news space...

Havin spent 4 nights there and returnin home in one piece...i can
safely assure everyone that the whole shebang has been grossly overated...sure in certain areas of Sydney the tension is so taut one could cut it with a penknife...and i was witness to several racial arguments...heated yes but nothin of the brawlin spectacular that the world has come to associate Sydney with...

Sydney's a hell lot bigger than Melbourne that's for sure...as it has been 10 years since ive visited Sydney i made it a point to go out of my way to explore the Sydney most tourists wouldnt venture into...the inner suburbs...yeah that's the underworld stronghold...the police cant do anythin to flush them out as they're stronger than the police in terms of firepower, manpower and cohesion...yeah hard to believe aint it?

And how else to venture into the heart of Sydney but a trip to the world famous Krispy Kreme donuts in the western suburb of Auburn! What you Americans, Europeans and folks in New South Wales take for granted we Victorians worship...like the Holy Grail...i'd previously written
back in May on the peculiar abnormality that Krispy Kreme exists only in NSW...i tell ya it's bout damn time the government had given us Victorians some leeway here...where's the equality you dogs?!

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The Sign Says It All
micheLe and i travelled 2 hours...askin around for directions...and we finally found it! Wow they even have drive through Krispy Kreme...lol...The Holy Grail! Woohoo!

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Large Eatery
I'd always thought Krispy Kreme was just a donut takeaway kinda stall...how wrong i was...they come in 'sit-down-and-eat' restaurant style...wow...

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So Many To Pick...
Mindbogglin array of the best donuts in the world...miles and miles of pure sweetness...ooh my sugar level's not gona like me this month...

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Like Treasure Boxes
We spent A$65 on 5 boxes of donuts...i honestly dont remember the last time i spent so much money on bread and sugar...actually it has never happened...how extremely overpriced...and how extremely tasty...hehe...

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Complex Network
Sydney's train network...heaps bigger than Melbourne's alright!

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Buttons To Press
The ticket dispensin machines in the train stations are just one big confusion of buttons and words...Sydney sure like their buttons...

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Double Storey
One thing Melbourne's train system should think about is the way Sydney's trains handle their passengers...2 levels of passengers in one car...that's double the capacity...that might reduce the need for an increased frequency in Melbourne's overworked and outdated system...

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Where To Go?
I really do like the whole idea of 2 levels...simple and efficient...

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Seats
Similar to many SUVs these days...seats in trains can be arranged by passengers to give them the option of choosin which way they wana face on their travels...just push or pull the backing and voila more legroom!

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Central Station By Day
The hub and biggest station in the city...picture taken after lunch time...that explains the desolate look...

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Central Station By Night
For all its little namesake...Central Station resembles a ghost town at night...i walked past the station at 11pm...

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Platforms
Sufficiently lit...the Central Station's so big...a labyrinth of tunnels connect the platforms to one another...i got home on platform 19...i remember seein a platform 25 *voice trails off*...

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