The days that make us happy make us wise. ~ John Masefield

I took this picture on my birthday ten years ago and still remember how happy I was. When I worked in Lhasa, my favorite pastime was to circle the Barkhor with my camera. Drinking, smoking, and gambling large sums of money over mahjong all night with Sichuanese Han or Hui from Gansu didn’t entice me and there was little else to do for fun. That didn’t bother me; outside was always more interesting. In the days before online printing was common and with my Nikon D80 in hand, my first digital camera ever, I took countless photos and developed them at the best quality Kodak store I could find, organized them into albums and either sent them to my mom by airmail or inundated friends’ inboxes.

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