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Hotel "De Wereld": A hotel at the end of the world
In the district capital Nieuw-Nickerie there are several hotels, but we did not try them. Instead we stayed the night over in hotel "De Wereld" (meaning "The World") in Wageningen and we did not regret it. Wageningen lies 39 km east of Nieuw-Nickerie. The town was founded by the Dutch as a centre of mechanized agriculture, and was named after Wageningen in The Netherlands, home of the dutch Agricultural University. For some time Wageningen was world leader in rice cultivation, but after Suriname's independence the project went into decline until finally the SLM (Foundation for Mechanized Agriculture) went broke. Wageningen remains as an almost-dead town. Some of the fine 'bruynzeel' houses built for dutch agriculturists are deserted and decayed, but others are in good repair and inhabited by people who work elsewhere.
All the streets of Wageningen are named after streets in its dutch counterpart. Likewise is the only hotel in town named after hotel "De Wereld" in Wageningen-Holland, which is famous, because it was the site of the capitulation of the German troops in The Netherlands. On May 6, 1945, the German general Blaskowitz surrendered to the Canadian general Charles Foulkes. The generals negotiated the terms of surrender in hotel "De Wereld".
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We were the only guests, and were served by the manager, mr Vlijter. We saw no other employees, yet the hotel is in fairly good repair and clean. Mr Vlijter said that he sometimes gets groups who come for a meeting, his hotel is big enough for that purpose. There are plans for renovation.
The restaurant of the hotel shut down a long time ago. But mr Vlijter has made an arrangement with mrs Sam Rosenberg, who lives on the other side of town, to prepare breakfast and dinner for his guests. So we were invited to her home and had dinner in her kitchen, and breakfast on her verandah.
The price for a spacious room for 2 with AC and TV and bathroom is SRD 83. Dinner was SRD 12,50.
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