Progress happens everywhere – Nieu Bethesda
This was not my first time in Nieu Bethesda but i couldn’t help feel that this might be my last.
I have wondered the streets of this little rural hamlet before, and been captivated by its old world charm, lack of progress and its tucked away in a valley for the world to drive by nature, but this time i could not but help feel slightly jaded by the signs of progress creeping in.
A shop has opened, the internet is available, there seem to be more places to stay and more places to eat. Everywhere, signs proclaim a chance to spend your money.
At the Owl House, which is an inevitable visit whether you have been a million times before also revealed the creeping signs of progress.
Restorations has seen new layers of concrete on some of the sculptures, and from my hazy memory some sculptures are no longer there replaced by newer and different versions sucking the integrity from this monument to the demented.
After a trip to the local Sneeuberge micro-brewery not even their delicious beer and salami could erase the jaded sense that i had been here one too many times before.
Don’t let this post stop you from visiting, Nieu Bethesda is definitely worth a visit and i guess progress is inevitable, it’s just a shame it didn’t bypass this little village.
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