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Sightskipping #3: Get a Haircut

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This idea of sightskipping came from T+L and it is so much in sync with the way we do travel that I decided to feature it- and to change it a bit. The idea they had is that there are these untouristy approaches to travel that actually connect you with the locals. Too many people just settle for canned tours or tourist spots. My passion is to experience less travelled places and to help others do the same. People love our trips that result from this approach.

Get a Haircut

So my number three is “get a haricut”- or a maincure or a shoeshine. Just go out and do something you need to do and do it like the locals do. Don’t wait to get home: it will probably cost you more and definately be a lot less fun.

When I land in Chihuahua City my first move is to go that little allyway in the market and have Laura lower my ears. She always has a joke and some local gossip. Then I head out on the little plaza and have one of the guys brush up my Rockford shoes. It makes for some good people watching and I catch the chit chat of the shoe shine dudes.

As the teachers union strikes raged in the street, I got the firsthad take on it from locals in a barbershop- sightskipping at its best!

As the teachers union strikes raged in the street, I got the firsthand take on it from locals in a barbershop- sightskipping at its best!

Mexico City Sightskipping

I was recently in Mexico City working on our Puebla Trip and I needed a walk. So I took off headed through a neighborhood asking locals where there was a barber shop. I ran right into one of the large demonstrations by the teachers unions that hit the country last fall. Right then I saw this hair cuttery so I ducked in. It was old style- like a husband wife team, old chairs, and the place was full of locals. As they snipped me up (they even used an old fashioned straight razor on my neck) they gave their opinoins on the chanting throng of union people outside. This is authentic travel.

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