When we travel Charlie and I like to do things like the locals. In Paris we both got haircuts.
In Havana Charlie got another haircut.
He was talking to our host in the Vedado section of Havana and discovered this mostly bald man got his hair cut for 45 cents directly across the street from our lodgings.
We walked across the street to the “salon” and it was closed. A few hours later the young lady was shaving a man’s head totally bald. Unfortunately she said she was all booked up but looked again at her schedule and told Charlie to come back at 5 p.m.
Charlie asked how much the cut would cost. When the barber said 5 CUC (equal to $5) he was taken aback since our host had estimated $1 to $1.50. Charlie negotiated the price down to 3 CUC and sat in the barber chair.
She started with the clipper and lots of hair fell to the floor. Charlie was a bit worried because he usually gets a scissor cut.
She cut the back and sides with a clipper, scissor-cut the top, and finished the back of his neck with a straight razor with a brand new blade.
The fun part was that this lovely barber told us what to beware of in Havana, where her favorite restaurants were, and the story of her entire family.
When the cut was finished Charlie looked a little more Cuban and ultimately paid 3 CUC plus a 2 CUC tip.
When you travel do you go native?