Before I left camping Waterhout, I gave the owner a flyer with information about the Reach Out for Bubaque student project and my fundraising cycling expedition to the North Cape. The lovely lady immediately decided to exempt me from the rent for the luxury lodge I had been allowed to stayed in after the thunderstorm of the evening before.
After I had taken her picture for the materials sponsor’s blog, we had a nice talk and she told me that her camping was to be demolished after the coming summer season because a building society was to build luxury dwellings on the plot of land. All the beautiful trees, hedges, lodges and trekking huts will be taken down to make room for a ‘big money project’, including the social tissue of campers who return to their favourite camp site every year.
The camping owners remain optimistic and plan to move their camping to a new location somewhat further. They hope to reopen on 1 April 2019, but the municipality has not yet granted them the necessary permissions…
I sincerely hope they will succeed.