Editor’s note: This is a guest article by Nancy, a first year Sociology/Law and Society student. Want to write for us? Submit your idea to email@example.com.
Life as a college student can be quite stressful, what with exams and having to pay insane amounts of money for college textbooks. Sometimes you just want to relax, go out, and have an adventure, which is exactly what I did the other day. My friends and I decided to roam Downtown Riverside and take full advantage of the free bus rides for students. Downtown is beautiful; it has an old-timey vibe that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to some other country. We felt like tourists while we wandered aimlessly wonder-struck by all the buildings. We looked around at the little shops and entered what we thought was a small antique shop.
Source. ”Small” antique shop.
However, we were wrong; very, very wrong. The Mission Galleria antique shop is extremely huge. It has four floors of awesome antiques ranging from very cheap to extremely expensive old furniture and jewelry. There are a lot of surprising things in the store, too. Hungry? There’s a small restaurant inside. Want to go wine tasting? You can taste various wines on one of the floors. Need to get your watch or other jewelry fixed? There’s even a repair shop for that! And if you don’t want to spend any or a lot of money you can just browse and look at all the really cool stuff, like really old magazines from the 50s, old advertisements and even pet rocks (they seriously sell pet rocks for 5 dollars but I’d advise you to just adopt a pet rock, for free, from the ground). There are really inexpensive books too, ranging from one dollar to 5ish.
Books! Glorious books!
The place generally just has a really awesome feel to it. It’s like a museum but you can actually buy the things on display. The atmosphere is very down to earth and the employees are very funny. Look at this sign they posted up.
Buying back a child could get expensive.
The Mission Galleria has tons of neat stuff. You can buy clothes or a Halloween costume there for a few dollars, or even an antique suitcase. The Mission Galleria antique shop is definitely a great place to go when exploring downtown. Some of the really antique stuff is a little dusty but it’s still really awesome.
Clothes and hats galore!
After we explored the massive mission Galleria shop for a long time we got hungry and tried to find a place to eat. A nearby pizza place was packed with people and we didn’t want to wait very long, so we walked down the street until we saw Tio’s Tacos. You can choose to eat inside or outside, and the interior is filled with paintings. The outside has sculptures made from recyclables. The atmosphere is awesome and weird and I loved it. It’s even going to be featured on Food Network’s show, “Weirdest Restaurants”. The food isn’t weird at all though, they sold Mexican food and I got a Milanesa torta that was really yummy.
Source. The outside part of Tio’s Tacos.
After our glorious meal we were content and headed back to UCR after a very eventful day exploring the world outside of campus. It was awesome and I hope to do it again. Anyone interested should explore Downtown, it’s very historic, educational, AND fun. Plus the bus is free…and free things are awesome!