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  • My husband is a bridge afficionado. He admires the architecture of bridges the way other people admire castles or churches or ancient ruins. I love flowers and landscapes, and would stop everywhere for a little look and a sniff-around.

    But we did not have time to indulge in such passions while driving around, trying to fulfill the latest rally challenge.
    I was half-buried under maps, one hand sticking out to hold the GPS (our holder had broken). I was hungry and thirsty, my back was aching and sweat was trickling down. We had switched off the air-conditioning so as to save fuel. One part of the challenge was to correctly guess our average fuel consumption and my husband had a rather low estimate (did I mention before how proud he is of his car?). We had not even stopped for a toilet break. (The challenge was also being timed.)

    Just then, we see this bridge coming up. My husband begs: 'Please take a picture of this bridge!' From the window, of course, without stopping.

    I fumble around for the camera under the piles of map-work. The camera is small, slow and has a big black blob covering half the screen. I vaguely point it in the right direction and clicked.

    Somewhere inside me, justice is done for all the poppy fields that did not get their own picture.
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