Having traveled over 90 nations, IF you asked me where to go in December … near bottom of the list would be Toronto, OnTerrible. 😀
Yet for reasons I’m too embarrassed to relate, I ended up staying in a downtown hostel for 5 nights.
ON THE UPSIDE, the Planet Traveler Hostel in Kensington Market is excellent. I knew the eclectic Kensington neighbourhood from the Canadian television sitcom which aired on CBC Television from 1975 to 1980.
Waxman died in 2001 — but there’s a statue of him in a neighbourhood park. Crowded by homeless tents.
I really did enjoy funky Kensington, however. Weird shops, cafes, and restaurants.
I went looking for the #GardenCar. And found it.
There’s a lot of bad graffiti. And some excellent art.
My best meal was slow cooked ribs and brisket from Hogtown Smoke. I brought it back to the hostel where the wine was cheap. 😀
What do you do in a big city during wet, dark winter?
MOVIES. MUSEUMS. STAGE PLAY. WALK. WALK. WALK.
First stop was an immersive van Gogh exhibit.
I attended my second NBA game ever. Toronto defeated the defending Champion Bucks — who were without their MVP Giannis that night.
My first visit to the Royal Ontario Museum was a surprise. Expensive. But excellent. The space compares well against the Prado in Madrid, for example.
Next December? … Hawaii. 😀