My first big mistake there was walking all the way down from the train station to downtown. I don’t know how I checked the google map but I was 100% sure that it’s 4 kms. That would have been fine, even with two backpacks. But after 1 hour of pretty fast walk I still was nowhere close to the waterfront and I knew at that point that something was wrong. (later on I checked google again and it turned out that it’s 7 kms, not 4!!!) The suburbs were interesting to look at for maybe first 5 minutes, then every street and house looked more or less the same (not to mention it all looked familiar to me from the movies and media).
When I finally got to the center I was expecting some amazing, old buildings of historic value. And again my mistake, I was still thinking in European standards. Important or not, Kingston’s architecture didn’t feel all that old to me. It was interesting to admire the Neoclassical town hall built in the middle of XIX century where Kingston was the capital of Canada, it was really lovely to walk around the residential area in downtown. The college was a lively place that definitely has a soul and the waterfront was a perfectly enjoyable spot to walk around (even if really destroyed by modern condo buildings). Altogether it was a really great mix. I just didn’t really feel it on that day.
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I also think the timing of my visit wasn’t very good. I arrived to Canada the previous afternoon and I was pretty jetlaged hence slightly annoyed plus exhausted after the insane walking. If I visited Kingston at the end of my trip I might have liked it big time. Now, from the time’s perspective I can see it wasn’t such a bad city after all, I just couldn’t appreciate it at that moment. I wish I could have given it a second chance, with a different attitude this time. But if someone asks me if it’s worth going to Kingston I’ll definitely say yes!
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