The one about the hair…
The area in which we live in East London is different to any other neighbourhood that we have lived. Shadwell is a very diverse area full of apartment blocks, terrace houses, Halal butchers, markets selling the latest shaŗi or hijab fashions, and Bangladeshi and Pakistani grocers. The people are lovely and the area is very community driven, which I really like.
Back in August, after our many months of travelling (and sitting in France), Dan decided that he was in desperate need of a haircut. He joined the queue at the local barber down the road and paid next to nothing for a new haircut. At first it seemed like a decent cut and the length was good. On closer inspection I have come to realise that Dan has acquired a very unique style of haircut that is very typical of Middle Eastern or Jewish men.
Do you know the one? It’s the one with the little fringe straight across the forehead, about 5cm above the eyebrows.
(Deleted – a photo of the hair as requested)
While this may suit men from our area, unfortunately Dan looks a little out of place… (It didn’t stop him returning for a second CROOKED haircut before a job interview in December).
Meanwhile, I have been caught up in a predicament since our arrival in London town. I have not yet been able to find a salon in which to get my own hair cut but it’s not that I am fussy. It doesn’t bother me who cuts my hair as long as it doesn’t resemble Dan’s new hairstyle!
My problem is that I just don’t have the time or the £150 to spend on a haircut when I can always find something better to do in London!
Here is how I spent our first 5 months in London (avoiding a haircut):
1. Booking return flights to Lyon, France, for my favourite Tatare de Boeuf from Cousin Cousine (and to visit my parents, of course!).
2. Buying tickets to the Arsenal V Liverpool football game at Emirates Stadium London on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 (yep, as rare as they are, we have tickets!)
3. Gaping in amazement at the sunrise over London over breakfast from Duck and Waffle on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC1
4. Putting down a deposit for a 14 day tour of Egypt to see the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, then enjoy a felucca cruise on the Nile to Luxor and 3 days in Dahab on the Red Sea. (I am going to try hot air balooning, wish me luck!)
5. Booking tickets to The Book of Mormon from the creators of South Park at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London
6. Sharing a special birthday treat with a lovely lady over scones, museli and a cuppa at the Betty Blythe Vintage Tea Room for a traditional morning tea (http://www.bettyblythe.co.uk/)
7. Spending a (wet) day of excitement and fun on the amusement rides at Thorpe Park, less than an hour south west of London.
8. Spending my weekends with a pocketful of change exploring the markets around London – my favourite include Camden Markets, Portobello Road Markets and Brick Lane Markets.
9. Spending a few days on the slopes at the ski resort of Samoens in the Rhône-Alps in France.
10. Counting down the 2013 New Year from a docked boat on the Thames River opposite the London Eye.