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June 16, 2015

A Room Or A Tent, It’s Complicated … And It Shouldn’t Really Be.

Filed under: Accomodation,Nijmegen,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

On our way to dinner in the Golden Tulip Hotel Val Monte restaurant, Himself and I see an exhibition that includes a bamboo bicycle and a photograph of a tent, Himself stops and takes a look.

At first he is really enthusiastic, the deal is that the customers pay a Euro 75,– donation to an organisation called Shelterbox and sleep in a tent in the grounds instead of one of the hotel rooms for one or two nights.

It wasn’t really clear if the idea was that there would be a Euro 75,– donation per night or if that amount covered two nights, and Himself had a laugh and said that had we been there in the summer months then he would be really keen.

I told him he was on his own on this one, when I book into a hotel I rather like the idea of having a toilet on hand should I have to go in the night and whilst coffee works or some, I’m not particularly human until I’ve had a shower in the morning.

They advertise the breakfast as being “free” but if you’ve just aid Euro 75,– for a night in a tent then breakfast isn’t exactly free.

I’d rather take a proper hotel room and just donate Euro 75,– to the cause.

According to the information board, it costs Euro,– 750 (that includes transport costs) to get one Shelterbox to a family in need somewhere in a disaster zone. Also according to the information board, 130,000 boxes have been donated in 200 disaster areas in the last ten years.

Himself was getting really enthusiastic when I spotted another line on the information board: “ neem uw eigen slaapmat en slaapzak mee” which translates to: “bring your own mattress and sleeping bag with you”.

I was speechless,  I don’t get how they expect people to bring half of their own camping kit to a hotel… or is it just me?  This line did kind of take the wind out of Himself’s sails too, and we decided that maybe it would be better if we stuck to paying for a normal hotel room and donating to the charities we feel we want to.  Later in the week I looked  up the ShelterBox website (link at the bottom of this post). They look like a wonderful organisation that are doing excellent stuff… I felt that the hotel “advert” for them didn’t really do justice to their cause.  It seems to be so much more complicated than it needs to be. I’d still rather donate than camp though!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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