There wasn’t anything to do after we returned to Toronto on Sunday because the rain was pouring down all the time. So instead we stayed at home and relaxed. Which was nice as well, having nothing to do and just hanging around at home.
in the evening me and my host then went to her husband’s workplace, a bistro/restaurant downtown. That place was awesome. The food was brilliant. I had a great steak which tasted wonderful and the whole atmosphere was very relaxing indeed. It was fun to sit there and have a lot of the waiters and waitresses come over to greet my host, everybody was very friendly.
The next day I did nothing except helping with the German homework my host’s husband had to finish. So instead I enjoyed a quiet day at home and in the evening we went out for dinner again which is something you just have to do when you visit Toronto, it seems. There are so many different restaurants from just as many different cultural backgrounds which make it hard to choose one for the evening. We settled for an Indian restaurant where the food wasn’t so spicy. Once again very tasty and delicious. By that time I thought my trip had become more of a gourmet tour than a normal vacation. Which was completely okay.
On my last day we once again went out for a walk and headed for the markets downtown. The markets are on big hall with two levels and lots of different stands where food is sold. On a Tuesday most of them are there on a regular basis but each weekend there is another big market across the street in another huge hall in which the farmers from all around Toronto sell their goods. We had huge (and I mean HUGE) Italian sandwiches there for lunch and then headed once again the husband’s workplace where I got a small tour of the restaurant and the “backstage area”, if you like. He showed me the wine cellars with bottles as old as 1941.
After a beer at the bar we went to the harbour front which in Toronto is rather small if you keep in mind that the city is home to almost 2.5 mio people. It’s nice to walk there, but there is not one straight walkway right next to the lake. But the weather was brilliant so who am I to complain?
We then went to an LCBO, the Canadian liquor store chain, which, I believe, is state owned and sells everything from beer to hard liquor. Pretty interesting for someone who is used to buy his booze from small shops which are spread all over the city and are open until late at night. Back at home we had dinner and then my hosts took me to the airport to drop me off there. They left soon afterwards because they had to pick up the husband’s parents who came back from their vacation at the same time. I was a bit lost at first but then found out my flight had been switched to Air Canada and I arrived safely at Frankfurt.
So now I’m back in Cologne with a cold and I can’t do anything, but it has been a very pleasant and enjoyable trip!
Pictures can be found on Flickr, feel free to take a look.