For me it had been over 20 years since being in downtown Alkmaar. After having studied there, I had never been back to the town center.
Recently family of my wife's mother from the US were here, and we had a trip down memory lane for them. It was nice to be back again, and even though much had changed, I still recognized most of the nice streets and beautiful buildings. And the Chinese restaurant we ate soooo many egg rolls in for lunch, was still there.
We had a nice time walking down the old part of Alkmaar (even parts I had never seen before), and along the way many memories surfaced again. Stories of the old days in Alkmaar were shared, both the good and the sad stories of relatives being deported during the war...
One thing I did miss though: what happened to "Magdalenenstraat - Ja Gezellig!"...?