Monday, February 05, 2007

White Dragon, Golden Bagel

This is where i've spent much of my free time for the past 5 years. I used to be skeptical of the strip-mall martial arts schools, because popular culture promotes the idea that traditional martial arts are learned in remote temples on misty mountain tops. But i've learned that in China any space that's available is adequate, and it's not unusual to train in, say, a restaurant after closing hours.

The shop next door is a cafe called The Golden Bagel. I'm amused by this accidental pairing, more so than probably anyone else. The school moved this past weekend, across the parking lot, into a much larger space. I'll always have a sentimental attachment to this place though, even when they turn it into a taco shop.

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