I grew up in a tiny village not far from Nijmegen and I’ve pretty much visited this city on regular basis for as long as I can remember. Shopping with my mom when I was little and occupying photo boots all afternoon with friends when I was old enough to go by myself. I still have those very VERY shameful pictures somewhere, which I keep hidden (even from Leon, that says it all). Even though I did study in another city for a brief period of time, I ended up getting my masters degree at the University of Nijmegen.
But these last few years I kind of fell out of love with Nijmegen. Mainly because the stores can’t compete with Amsterdam (or online shopping, hallelujah for online shopping!), but also because I think I’ve been here for far too long. Would love to pack my bags and leave the country, but since I’m a wuss ànd we have a house (buying a house does restrict you somewhat…), I thought it would be best to rekindle. I took my bike and tried to see the city with a fresh pair of eyes. And I have to say: Nijmegen is winning back some of that long lost love!