Kanji character [寿] (Kotobuki) is always used in greeting cards for New Year or any other celebration, for this single character means “Best Wishes” or “Congratulations!” in Japanese. I create new designs for [寿] every year and offer them for free download. For 2017, the year of the bird in the Chinese Zodiac, I made a design with a flying bird.
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New year postcard design with three GDR-Birds.
These brass decor birds (seagulls) are hung on the wall in the 1950s in the GDR. We can find them at flea markets in Berlin. They are always in a set of 3. In my apartment, the biggest one is flying in my work room and then in the bathroom and the balcony.
So, the second photo from the top is of Okinawa (Tsuboya pottery street in Naha).
What a resemblance… Although I couldn’t even pronounce this town’s name, Koprivshtitsa, a picturesque town 110 km from Sofia.
In short, Sofia is a very affordable Berlin (The price there is nearly half of that in Berlin). A city to live in, rather than to make a short visit: safe, “procrastinations”, full of graffiti, remaining tastes of communism, trams, vegan cafes, amazingly kind people despite low rate of English speakers.
They Bulgarians describe themselves as always being late and always procrastinating, from which I got a bit extreme idea: The nature of procrastination might be linked to the nature of tolerance? Procrastinators are those who are tolerant of both themselves and others, and those who are able to accept the current situation?? They have procrastinated to make a brutal decision and saved lots of lives in their long history. And now, there is an unique square in central Sofia, with four close neighbors of different religion. An Islamic mosque is just one block away from a Jewish synagogue. Then a catholic church and an orthodox church. You’re hearing Azaan from every other church. Well then, procrastination is not so much a bad thing…?