Today I was in Dordrecht, an old city south of Rotterdam. My colleague Paul rents a bridge operator’s hut that’s no longer in use, and uses it as his office. It’s the bridge keeper’s hut at the Engelenburgerbrug, from 1911 in its current form (but a bridge has been there since the early 16th century). It’s right in the old city center just steps away from the Dordrecht Minster (built between 1284 and 1470). The weather today was very nice, so we sipped coffee and enjoyed lunch outside in the sun while we worked.

Because the bridge still is in use, Paul gets approached regularly as if he is the bridge keeper. Hence he routinely wears a t-shirt with the text “NOT the bridge keeper” and has the same text on display in the windows.

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