When my mom and I visited Leeuwarden at the end of January for an exhibition, we couldn’t resist checking out a few shops in the city center too. My mom was born and raised in Leeuwarden and when I was little we regularly went shopping in the Frisian capital. Back in the days Nieuwestad was the place to be in Leeuwarden, and maybe also Naauw and the Voorstreek. At the Voorstreek used to be a small shop where you could buy magazines: my parents always let me choose a magazine and that would often be an American one. My English wasn’t great back then (I was around 12/ 13 years young), but I loved learning about actors and actresses from all of my favourite tv shows. It was a great way to improve my English (I also watched MTV a lot to get better at it).