Fridays, for me, are always pretty cool as I get to see customers that have the same slot every week. We hang out, chat, and generally have a good chilled day. Two Fridays ago about 10pm I get a call from my friend in London. He had recommended me to one of his clients that was on holiday in Mykonos and wanted me to fly out there to give him a haircut on the Sunday.
I provide my services, on location, on a weekly basis. I often travel to see my clients either at work, at home or wherever they want really. One of my favourite trips to date was when I was flown out to Ibiza to see two customers that were holidaying there. I get on really well with these two particular customers so I even managed to squeeze in some down time with them and enjoyed a great night out having dinner etc.
The guy that requested my services in Mykonos wasn’t one of my clients and I had never cut his hair before but the prospect of flying out there was far too good to turn down. Plus, it was my usual days off that he wanted me to go on so I wouldn’t have to rearrange my work around it. So, I agreed to the job and the guys PA booked my flights and told me my accommodation was all sorted too. I would fly out on the Sunday, cut the clients hair then have time to relax in the evening and then fly home mid afternoon on the Monday. Everything was sorted quickly and precisely. Jen dropped me at Manchester airport on the Sunday morning and I was away.
When I started this job as a 17 year old lad I knew that barbering all over the world was what I wanted to be doing. I was never too sure how I’d get there but I stuck to my guns and always promised myself that I would remain honest. I feel honesty and trust are a big thing as, at the end of the day, these people are allowing me inside their houses, or taking me to their holiday destination, generally letting me into their lives.
I arrived in Mykonos at about 8pm, was greeted at the airport by the clients driver and I was told it was only a short drive to where we were going. The heat was immense. We were in an open topped Jeep Wrangler and even at 8pm it was easily 28degrees, a welcome change from the rainy cloudy Summer that we have been having here in England.
I arrived at the clients villa and he was there to greet me. Straight away I knew I would get on with him as he was really chilled and down to earth. The villa was incredible, it had an infinity pool and an outside bar area. Inside was just as cool, it was laced out really minimalistic and modern. I was shown to my room and invited to relax for a bit before doing the haircut.
It was about 11pm before I actually cut the clients hair and we used the outside bar area to set up my cutting area. To cut hair in these surroundings is mind blowing, it is something that I massively enjoy and the client was loving the experience of having a haircut with a lovely evening view over Mykonos. I don’t get nervous about cutting peoples hair on location anymore, I used to worry that I wouldn’t be able to provide as good a service that I do in the shop but i’ve been assured on loads of occasions that my clients enjoy these scenic haircuts.
After I finished the service, the client was really pleased and he said he loved what i’d done to his hair and beard. This is one of the best things about my job…. Client satisfaction! I must have really done a decent job because he invited me out for dinner with him and his friends. I shot back to my room, had the quickest shower, got changed and was quickly taken to Hakkasan in Mykonos town for a 1am Dinner! Apparently everything happens later in Mykonos. After dinner we went to a great club called Moni, they were playing some really cool deep house tunes when we arrived and the atmosphere in there was great. We had our own area of the club so I took a seat and soaked up the atmosphere. I never really like to drink when i’m away on a work trip, I enjoy a few social glasses of wine but it stops at that. I couldn’t be seen breaking out some heavy dance moves and acting leery when i’m essentially still on work time.
We got back to the villa around 6am, I’m definitely not used to late nights anymore so I was made up to climb into my bed. I woke up about 9.30am after a solid 3hours sleep!! I felt ok because I hadn’t had a heavy night of drinking and I figured the best way to start my day would be a dip in the pool. When I walked outside the villa I was blown away by the view. I had only seen Mykonos in the dark, by daylight it was a different story. It was stunning.
The pool was cold but really nice, it took me about 10seconds to adjust to the temperature. Once my shoulders were in I was happy. The sun was blazing down, and I couldn’t have been in a better place.
After a good half an hour in the pool I decided to pop into Mykonos town before I left for the Airport. The clients driver offered to take me and then pick me up once I was done which was really handy. Mykonos town is incredible, it is just as I had hoped it would be. There are narrow, cobbled streets lined with white painted buildings and lots of really interesting little shops selling things that you would typically associate with Greece amongst really nice independent jewellery and clothes shops.
I stopped for some food at a local greek style restaurant and filled my boots with about 4 dishes from the menu. I thought it would come as small plates and I was really hungry but it turned out I think I ordered 4 full sized meals!!! I sat and admired the view of the port and enjoyed my favourite way to pass time, people watching whilst enjoying my food. After my food I went for a walk around the port and took some photos before going to meet the driver to take me to the airport.
Mykonos airport is one of the smallest airports i’ve been to. Whenever I fly somewhere I always like to be on time, I’m no good in a situation where I feel rushed. I got the driver to take me to the Airport 2 hours before my flight. When I got to the airport I realised I probably could have got there half an hour before my flight and not been rushed! I walked into the departure hall, through a door where there was one scanner and two security guards and that was it. I was in the departure gate, literally the size of a school assembly hall. There was a little ferrel cat mooching around which I found crazy… how did he pass through security?
My journey home was three flights- Mykonos-Athens. Athens-Munich. Munich-Manchester. It took about 8 hours all together but I welcomed the chance to rest after only a few hours sleep the night before. I needed to be back for Monday evening to be back to work on Tuesday and there were no direct flights out of Mykonos on the Monday.
So that was my 20 hours in Mykonos! I really enjoyed the experience and made some great contacts whilst I was there. I’m now looking to plan a short break there with Jen so we can explore it properly.