In Sydney, love story easy to write

THE BALTIMORE SUN

I love this place. I love the fact that total strangers will walk right up to you and ask if you like their country. And they'll smile when you say, "yes."

I love the grill-your-own barbecue at the press center.

I love the Olympic volunteers who are never without a smile and politely direct you to far-flung arenas.

I love the trains because, unlike the Olympic buses, they don't get lost.

I love the chicken noodle soup at the Vietnamese Noodle Bar, which lies at the edge of a great Chinatown.

I love the kid in the beach dress who flew during the opening ceremonies, which, by the way, lasted longer than my first marriage.

I love Sydney.

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