Turns out barbers are barbers all over the world. After we managed to convince each other we understood each other, things went pretty smoothly. He did a decent job, the expected problems with my cowlick notwithstanding.
While I was there they had a soccer game on TV, Oman vs. Kuwait I think. The first thing I noticed was that there wasn’t anyone in the stands. There might have been a couple of hundred people there, in a stadium that seated thousands. After watching for a while, I knew why both teams really suck. Granted, the last match I saw was between two of the best teams in the world (Manchester U vs. Arsenal) but really, this was pathetic. I like watching sports, but I hate watching sports played badly.