Navigating Nashville

So if you saw my last post, you know I'm spending a couple of days in Nashville for vacation hayyy a professional conference. I've always wanted to see the city, and NJ has grown quite stale {I've recently realized I haven't been on an airplane since my New Years trip to San Diego to ring in 2012!}, and I've never been to the South at all {Florida — especially Disneyland — doesn't count} so I've been thrilled to bits to finally take this trip.

Day One brought about quite the  SQUIRREL!


in me, so for your reading pleasure time-wasting assistance, I present to you:

My Initial Thoughts on Nashville, in Order

  • Did the pilot really just say it's 58 degrees here? Holy shit, that sounds like a tropical paradise compared to the 17 degree-weather I left back in NJ!
  • Oh man. First thing I hear stepping off the plane is Luke Bryan's voice over the airport sound system. I like this.
  • Second thing I hear is Hunter Hayes' voice over the airport sound system. I like this too.
  • Oh, this woman and her delightfully done hair and chipper southern accent makes finding this hotel shuttle information absolutely pleasant. 
  • I think I really, REALLY needed a break from New Jersey.
  • Even the highways in Tennessee are more interesting than those in NJ.
  • Wow, have I been in a rut.
  • I want to move here!!!!!
  • Oh look, there's the Grand Ole Opry House! I should really do some Googling and find out exactly what the deal is with that place.
  • HOW DID I NOT KNOW UNTIL JUST NOW THAT THERE'S A TIME DIFFERENCE OMG I'M SO SMART WHAT?
  • A little live country music by a fab looking duo with my dinner? Sure, I'll take it.
  • I normally despise this Katy Perry song but with a country twist it ain't so bad. Rock on, country singing duo.
  • GLUTEN-FREE FOOD MENU OH THANK YOU JESUS I DID NOT WANT TO HAVE TO EAT SALAD THE ENTIRE TRIP!
  • So, downtown Nashville is basically two blocks with as much neon as you can possibly fit on two blocks.
  • JESUS TAP DANCING CHRIST rent here is insanely cheap {relative to NJ, of course}.
  • East Nashville is supposedly the "hipster side" of the city, or the Bushwick of Nashville, according to a resident... Pretty sure Bushwick consists of more than one intersection, but sure, you can go with that, East Nash.
  • I think I swear a lot more than anyone else I've talked to here, including the NY/NJ transplants I'm with. #JerseyGirl :( 
  • OH LAWD you can smoke in bars here, God help me.
  • I know this is snobby, and as an almost-ex-smoker I shouldn't be so high and mighty, but I can't help but have a little bit of a bad attitude toward cities that still allow smoking indoors. It just seems so retro or something, but not in like a bell-bottoms/stirrup pants kind of way. More like a duck-and-cover/racism-is-like-whatever kind of way. Probably because NJ and NY started treating smokers like lepers when I was still in high school....
  • Am I the worst person ever?
  • 5:1 girl:guy ratio in bars... Pretty sure I've legitimately never seen that anywhere in my life.
  • This bar has at least 8 different kinds of hot dogs on the menu. I haven't had a hot dog in 6 years but right now I'm honestly thinking about it a little bit. The #struggle is #so #real.
  • Is there ever not country music playing in the background?
  • That's totally not a complaint.
  • EL OH EL remember when I used to despise country music?
  • Okay, I probably won't ever live here. But this is definitely a pretty cool city.

I've got a few days left and plenty more to see and do {including working! I swear! I'm doing some things actually related to my job!}, so please note that this list is subject to change.

What are you up to this weekend?
Have you ever been to Nashville as a visitor? What did you think of the city?

Comments

  1. Haha, this list is great! I'm visiting Tennessee in a few days and am definitely excited!

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  2. Nashville is one of my favorite places. I love it so much. I have lots of family there, so I've done all the fun touristy stuff & lots of things locals do too! The best bars are down by Vandy. I mean Broadway is a blast, don't get me wrong. I love me some touristy bars, but sometimes a bar where you can sit & not have to shout is nice! I'm going again in May for a loooong weekend & I cannot wait!

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