Author: Claas Garthoff

How a trip to China inspired the launch of COTW

Back in the summer of 2006, my brother (known around here as CG) found himself in Shanghai, looking for a basketball court where he could check out the local competition. Being abroad – out of your comfort zone and in a place where people talk in riddles – makes things harder than you might imagine.

CG: “You’re 100% sure this is the Emperor’s Palace?”
Cab Driver: “Yes, yes.”

The Chinese, overly polite by nature, nod understandingly even if they have absolutely no clue what the hell you‘re talking about. Any question will be answered with a “Yes,” which is reassuring in a way, but doesn‘t get you an inch closer to a basketball court.

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