Points travel is about living an upscale lifestyle without paying for it. Sure, I would like to drink Krug everyday but I cannot afford it. I also would like to go to a barber for a proper shave and haircut instead of cutting my hair in a hotel (see Fair Or Foul? Cutting Your Hair in a Hotel Room), but I can’t rationalize $20 for the buzz treatment.
When I travel abroad, I seek out authentic barbers that keep me looking good on long journeys and do not overcharge for doing it. The first installment was when I went to Marseille (see Haircuts Abroad: Marseille Edition). This is the second.
Random street in Saranda.
Cut & Shave
Barber shops are the place where you meet locals and where, for a moment, you believe you are part of the community. You don’t have to speak the language. You don’t have to say anything. You just have to sit back, relax, and hope your hand gestures made it clear what sort of cut you were looking for.
I enjoyed going to the barbershop in Albania and will seek out the next obscure country I visit for a similar experience and will continue to blog about it. If for some reason you don’t find these posts entertaining, please see a clip from my favorite barbershop: