Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Haircut

I can't understand the Arabic spoken by the Moroccan or Turkish barbers (their accents are MUCH different than the Saudis) and they don't speak much English at all.

So getting a haircut at KAUST is always an adventure - because I never know what I will walk away with. One month ago I had a bad experience - the guy took almost an hour to whittle my hair down to nothing. I think I could have done better with an electric razor in five minutes...

This week I got the Turkish guy with a crazy mullet and sharp streaks of styled facial hair across his chin. I wanted desperately to tell him that I wanted a more normal haircut than he was sporting, but the language barrier only allowed me two options: "short" and "long." After trying to convince my barber of the merits of "medium," and him not understanding, we finally settled on "short-long," which he seemed happy with and went to work.

The only successful conversation (I did try!) we were able to share during the whole operation was:

"Where you from?"



He did a great job with the sides and top, but when it came to the back of my head, my mulletted friend left a lot of hair. I said "cut" and he said "no, this beautiful!" I said "cut" again and, a little disappointed, he finished the job.

I have enjoyed the small challenges that living in KSA has brought. Though communicating with the barber took a bit more work, I had fun. It helps to have a sense of humor here.

In spite of the challenge, and with a modification at home, everything turned out just fine...

... and now I have a small story to share!


  1. تقوم افضل شركة شركة نقل عفش من الرياض الى الكويت الاعتماد على توفير عدد من الخدمات الاساسية التى تساعد فى اعمال النقل من اهم ما تقوم شركة
    نقل عفش من الرياض للكويت بتوفيره الاتى
    - الاهتمام بتوفير العماله الاساسية المدربة
    - الاعتماد على افضل السيارات الخاصه باعمال النقل
    - اسعار مميزة وارخص من اسعار النقل التقليدية
    شركة نقل عفش من الرياض الى القصيم

    افضل شركة ديكور بالرياض


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