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Ten years on TE

Budai is a Chinese folkloric deity. His name means "Cloth Sack", and comes from the bag that he is conventionally depicted as carrying. He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname in Chinese, the Laughing Buddha.His figure appears throughout Chinese culture as a representation of both contentment and abundance

With this smiling face I wanted to celebrate my anniversary here on TE, although I am rather pessimistic.
27th August 2007 I posted the first picture on TE (it was Perito Moreno in Argentina and I got 10 points). That day there were 32 pages of photos.
Stephen, Mesut, Jean (Jemaflor) Chris, Silvio, Lucas (Galodoido) Gert (also 10 points for Gamla Stan :)), Roland, Jorge, Terez93 also posted the pictures, so they are older than me :). The next year on the same day there were 27 pages, and in 2009 again 27. after that there was hard decline - in 2010 there were 13, later 9, than 9, then 8, 7, 6, 4, and now usually there are not full 3 pages.
So, looking at this trend, I am not sure if I will celebrate the next "birthday".

These ten years were wonderful time, I can say that my life has changed, something I could not expect. I got many inspirations for my travel, but first of all I met so many friends. I hope that I will meet more. Thanks you all that are still present and I missed the friends that are not anymore with us.

Smile and be happy like this Budai :). Thank you all for the friendship!

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13019 W: 139 N: 33696] (153724)
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