Solo travel diaries: Getting lost in the city

Third day– all plans got cancelled. Plan A: CHVRCHES concert. I ran out of tickets but the concert venue offered me 2 tickets worth 200 bucks. For me, it’s just not worth it. Plan B: Niagara Falls Tour. Alternative plan was to go there via commute but guess what? It rained hard! Now, I’m left with a whole day free time but I’ve got nothing to do. But since I don’t wanna waste my time, I decided to revise my itinerary. And of I went to Kensington Market, Little Portugal, Little Italy and Little China.

First, I ate lunch at the Lakeview Restaurant, which was about a 9-minute walk away from the apartment I was staying. Thanks to Google Maps for being reliable during that time. Joanne, the owner of the apartment, told me that it is the oldest diners in Toronto and is open 24 hours. Plus, they’ve got big servings with a very affordable price. And yes! She’s right! The food is just too perfect for the hungry me.
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The Majestic burger: thick beef patty with stripped bacon, melted cheddar, onions, pickles and lettuce with fries as the side dish. So sinful! And the fries tasted very good!
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Deep fried Mars bar with vanilla ice cream and strawberry
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Koko Beware: Chocolate and strawberry milkshake with Rum. There is another container for… more milkshakes!
The Lakeview Restaurant is located at Dundas St. It is already part of Little Portugal so I never had a hard time looking for the place. Little Italy was also a few minutes away. The said areas are primarily filled with local businesses but there are also lots of restaurants and cafes to choose from. Since I was still full, I didn’t bother checking the restaurants anymore. But the architecture of both areas are very vibrant and very European so I was still left in awe. (I love everything European!)
Little Portugal (Photo courtesy of www.torontozones.com)
Little Portugal (Photo courtesy of http://www.torontozones.com)
Little Italy (Photo courtesy of torontoshopoholic.com)
Little Italy (Photo courtesy of torontoshopoholic.com)
Just a 5 minute ride from Dundas St., take a street car to Spadina St. Walk for a couple of minutes and you’ll already see Little China.

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I did a lot of shopping here for my family since the clothes were so cheap! But I didn’t stay there for long cause I already went to Kensington Market. And Kensington Market is just beyond awesome! What can I say? Everything is just magical. My eyes were so delighted that time. Aside from thrift shops, restaurants and cafes, the street itself are filled with art and graffiti. Not to mention the eclectic boutiques I saw and the art shops scattered around the area.
Vintage.
Vintage.
Chewbacca! Haha something I found in an art store called
Chewbacca! Haha something I found in an art store called “The Good Egg”
This is just so cool! The associate also told me he can just be kind to give me a discount. Haha funny!
This is just so cool! The associate also told me he can just be kind to give me a discount. Haha funny!

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I feel so close to my dream destination: AMSTERDAM <3
I feel so close to my dream destination: AMSTERDAM ❤
My dilemma actually started when I was about to go home. I followed Google Maps but this time it gave me a hard time. It made me walk for 30 minutes (with shopping bags on both arms). Then I took the wrong route when I finally decided to ride a street car. Afterwards I gave up and took a cab. But then, it’s not bad cause I only paid for 10 bucks! It’s fun getting lost in the city. I think I also passed by the Entertainment District but didn’t bother to roam around since I am so tired already lol.
Even though I haven’t seen CHVRCHES or Niagara falls, I am still very happy on how my day went. Getting lost, exploring the city made me feel like I am now a certified traveler. LOL. As much as I don’t wanna leave this place, I have to go back to the reality cause yeah, I have school and work left in Edmonton. But I promise, I will be back. There are still so many things to see!
(PS. D, Now I know why you just disappeared and chose to go back to your city. It is very beautiful and one of a kind! I am still in awe up to this very moment.)
XX

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