Friday, June 6, 2008

Haircut for Baboo


This is the Hole in the Wall Barbershop

When it comes to getting your hair cut in Kathmandu there are lots of options. First there is the open air variety. Men just set up shop by the side of the road consisting of an upside down bucket to sit on and their bag of tricks (scissors, mirror, shaving paraphernalia etc.). Sometimes you are just driving down the street and there is Jo Nepali getting his cut and a shave! I keep telling Bill he has to try this. Option two is the hole in the side of the building with a curtain variety of barber shop (see above) or "saloon". (Should I clue any of them in on this? Or does it just mean you can get a beer with your cut?) These usually have actual mirrors in them with rough hewn wooden high chairs. There is only natural light available so keep that curtain open. Option three is one of the fancy hotel barber shops/salons (someone has already told them a salon isn't a saloon). A Hair Cuttery or Chi Chi Georgetown Salon you ask? No no no.


So my little guy (aka "Baboo" around here) desperately needed a cut and he has had some truly heinous hair cuts at the hotel barber shops. I am not one of those wondermoms who can cut hair, (I can hear it now - "oh that poor child, what happened to him?") so I decided that we were goin' local and trying one of the hole in the wall places. And here you are.




Oh I'm cute, but I need a haircut.



Baboo thinks Edward Scissorhands is pretty funny.



Almost done.

Chaotic shot but the little man is proud of his new do.

It takes a lot of people to get a good haircut.


Namaste,

Laurel

51 comments:

Lisa said...

Great post. Really shows that life in Nepal is like life over here in the states. No matter where you are, a hair cut can be good, or it can be really bad. I found you site on "Secret is in the sauce". I will be returning.

American in Norway said...

Ok.. now I seem like a stalker because this is my 3rd post in 1/2 hour... but I LOVE your pictures... After having 3 years of Bad Hair cuts here in Norway, I am just wondering where you get your hair cut?

Laurel said...

Not that you'll come back to see this but I go to "the Japanese Lady". If she is sick or out of the country I do without - the other options are just tooooo bad! I don't envy european prices for you though - ouch. Your haircut looks cute in your picture!

Melissa Lester said...

He's a cutie before and after!

Vicki said...

He is a cutie. I bet you guys are stopped all the time to check out your blonde locks.

What A Card said...

Great post, and great pictures! Boy, I wish my kids were that happy to get a haircut! I need a combo salon/saloon for myself to survive their haircuts!

Tami said...

I was soooo excited you're the feature SITSta today :)

Enjoy your day in the sun!

I'm glad you guys traveled safely this summer....I can't remember if I left you a comment or not....I've been in a bloggy/comment funk.

Creative Junkie said...

how funny that getting a haircut there is very similar to getting one here ... you never know what you're going to get.

Kathi said...

Wow! This is so interesting. What a difference from the US! The haircut looks great. :)

Jen said...

That last picture is so cool.

Nik said...

I just love that group of pictures!! Thanks so much for letting me have a little taste of a different area in the world. I love the charm you find in every little aspect of it.

thotlady said...

What an interesting experience. Your son is adorable...but I bet you get than a lot.

So sweet.

Congratulations on your SITS day.

Casey's trio said...

Adorable! Happy SITS day...looking forward to browsing your blog.

Rhea said...

His haircut look great! I'm amazed at how many people are in there. It does look crowded.

How funny about the three types of places you can go for haircuts. I loved learning more about where you are. thanks for sharing!!

Katy Lin :) said...

soooo cute! what great pictures!

Cheryl Ann said...

Happy SITS day! Cute cut. Love your site!

Party of 5 said...

He is so adorable!

Enjoy your day.

Rela Pantaleon-Manigsaca said...

Hi Laurel! It's great that you ventured local. You'll never know what you will discover that works for you and your family!

Baboo is sooo cute! And looks like he enjoyed the local treatment too huh?

EmBee said...

It's often the normal every day things, I wouldn't even consider taking into account when I think about living abroad.

Getting a haircut would be one of those things.

See, this is why I love reading about bloggers living abroad. It open my world to new experiences AND makes me grateful for the simple things I take for granted.

Thanks!
:-)

sassy stephanie said...

I think he is ADORABLE with that long-ish hair! But, I understand. I am the same way. When it starts to fly away from the head, my little man goes in too!

Live.Love.Eat said...

I love the little fly away too in his long hair. He is adorable. What a difference experience over there!! Congrats on being featured today!

Ronnica said...

Neat. I got to watch a couple of friends get cuts and shaves at a Turkish barber shop. And yes, you get drinks while you're getting your haircut, but just tea.

Jenni said...

Oh how something mundane now sounds so exotic! And he is very cute.

Brenda Jean said...

Oh my, he is cute before, but I love the haircut and the laughter! He looks like he had a grand time:)

Becky :) said...

Isn't it amazing that usually the hole in the wall places are so much better than the big fancy expensive places.... He is very cute and the haircut is great. Everyone looked like they were having fun.

Michelle said...

Oh too funny! I was going to ask how many people were there (I can tell some are reflections in mirrors) but you already mentioned that. I love the flip before the haircut!

nikkicrumpet said...

Heck...with a face that gorgeous who cares if he gets a bad haircut!! HE'S A HANDSOME LAD!

Be-Frazzled Mom said...

Oh, he's so cute! I bet he gets all the attention there with that bright blonde hair!

EmmaP said...

ok - the overturned bucket on the side of the road reminds me sooo much of when i was in the philippines. too funny!

cricketphx said...

Great story! Wow, my life is boring! Cute pics!

AJ said...

Great story... and Baboo is a cutie!

lynn said...

Congrats on the SITS feature. Love your pics. He's so adorable!

mrsmouthy said...

With dimples like that, who's going to notice his haircut one way or the other? You can't go wrong!

Debbie Y. said...

Baboo is too cute for his own good, pre- and post-haircut. It's a wonder he didn't get self conscious with all the onlookers.

Happy SITS day.

Rhonda said...

I LOVE that second one! I mean, he's pretty cute regardless, but OH how I love that second picture!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Boy.. I'm so loving Great Clips right now.

Happy SITS day!

Melanie said...

Great post. I love seeing how some things are the same no matter where you live.

Tracy P. said...

That natural lighting made for some beautiful pics!! I love little boy haircuts, but I have to say, his curls would have been hard to see go. HAND-SOME!!

Happy SITS Day!

greedygrace said...

So cute! Great post! Happy SITS day!

WheresMyAngels said...

That is alot of people there! How funny, all for a haircut.

Looks like a great job!

Mekhismom said...

He got a nice cut and sometimes going local is the best option.

mrsbear said...

He looks great. I love the photos, especially since I'll never get to experience it first hand.

Kat said...

Oh, yes! Go native for the haircut. What geat pictures - and I love the design on the walls.
Are there many ex-pats in Kathmandu?

Stacie said...

Oh my gosh!! How adorable!

Dee said...

I love the "drive by" haircut idea, would suit many men I think.

At Home Redesigns said...

Opean air haircuts! So interesting reading about other cultures. Cute boy, too!

Heather B. said...

they did a fab job! He is quite precious! What a great experience!

Hot Air said...

I am such a fan of your photography! It's pretty, and not snobby-trying-to-hard-to-be-artsy.

They came up with a pretty nice do by the end, huh? :D

Sunshine said...

Oh...that was so fun to read! I love the pictures! Does *everyone* smile there? Wow! Everyone looks soooo friendly!

And your son is ADORABLE...before and after the haircut! Adorable.

verygoodyear said...

Oh my gosh, he looks like he will be a little heartbreaker later on in life! All of your kids are adorable, I love the pictures in your sidebar.

Anonymous said...

aww.. you son is sooooooo cute..