It blows my mind how fast the three weeks I spent in Nashville went. Although I didn't manage to land a job and stay for a couple months, I still did a lot. I got to spend time in Nashville as a local would (kind of), exploring more than just the honky tonks on Broadway. I haven't done such a great job blogging about my daily activities so now I'm sitting at a coffee shop in Memphis and I'm going to summarize my favorite things about my time in Nashville for whoever decides they want to listen [read] to me ramble.
It happened the last two times I've visited Nashville and it happened again. Every time I visit Nashville, I leave with a new friend. This time I met a few worthwhile people who I plan on keeping in touch with.
First of all, of course, there's Adam. I met Adam the first time I visited Nashville and we've been friends for about a year now. Adam spent so much time with me during my visit. He kept me company, took me to shows, fed me, let me use his shower, let me take up space in his driveway, he let me use his car while he was at work, and he... are you ready for this? You're about to think to yourself, "Damn, that's a GREAT man!" He helped me figure out and empty my holding tanks. For those of you who don't know RV lingo, he helped me empty my shitter. He did so much for me and I can't even begin to put into words how much I appreciate him.
Jake. I met Jake at the Franklin Wine Festival. We got to chatting and I told him about my trip. I got more than I expected when he had me download Venmo and transferred a donation to me! He wanted pictures from Texarcana, so I will be stopping there on my way to Austin and he will be the first to see what I'm seeing!
Next, there's Moses. I stopped at a concert in the park and saw a guy in a Steelers jersey. I complimented the jersey and ended up meeting one cool dude. I only got to hang out with him twice, but I am happy that we crossed paths. Moses let me crash in his driveway for a night and gave me a nice hot shower to use so I could wash my grime away. He has the sweetest dog, too! He named him Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes.
Then there's Kelly and Tony. Kelly and Tony were an Airbnb couple from Milwaukee that I had the pleasure of meeting. We spent a night on Broadway together and had an absolute blast. These two have kind hearts and were two of the sweetest people I've met so far. They joined me for breakfast at the Gerst Haus before they headed back home and we agreed that at some point, I will be visiting them in Milwaukee. I can't wait to see them again!
Justin Love. Yes, that's his real name. I didn't really get to spend time with him but he was still a super cool guy! And he was nice enough to buy me an ice cold pop while I was slaving away in the sun, spinning that big old sign.
Eric. I met Eric while we were out downtown. We exchanged numbers at the bar and met up a few days later. He picked me up and took me out for some BBQ. He likes to travel as well so I may have the pleasure of seeing him again when I make it to Vegas!
Robin, Mike, Karen, and Pete. This group is from New Jersey. I was out on the bicycle with the girls and stopped at the riverfront for a little break. Everyone wanted to pet my dogs and I'm glad this group did! They turned out to be awesome people who I had good conversation with and they were kind enough to donate money so I could put the Ramen aside for a night and have a good dinner. Not to mention, Robin got the best picture of me with the girls in their basket! Meeting each other was a mutual highlight for the Monday.
John. I met John at the Goodwill while sifting though picture frames. Not a bad way to strike up conversation with a stranger! I shared my story about what I'm doing and he shared some information about his podcasts with me. When I got home after my trip to the Goodwill, I got a notification that John donated money to my Gofundme account. Thank you, John!
Events I Signed Up For
I said I wanted to volunteer for different things during my trip, and that I did! I volunteered at the Franklin Wine Festival to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Adam joined me for this and we poured (and drank) wine all night. We met some really cool people and got lucky enough to take home the rest of the opened wine.
Adam joined me for my second volunteering gig, too. We went to the Nashville Humane Associated to walk shelter pups. I found this through a Meetup group, Tails of the Trail. Adam and I walked Oscar & Meyer (get it?) for about an hour. They were two little older pups who just needed some good lovin! It felt good to get the guys out and about, considering they're just stuck in a little pen all day. Who wouldn't want to spend their Wednesday morning walking dogs?
The Sights, Sounds, and Food
Nashville is, in my opinion, absolutely beautiful. You've got the neon lights on Broadway, the Cumberland River, Love Circle... there's always something nice to look at! I'll be posting my collection of photos in the Nashville Gallery so you can see some of the sights for yourself.
Like I mentioned before, I explored more than just the Honky Tonks on Broadway this time around. There were two shows that were especially fun for me, both of which were at the Basement East. The first was a Blackfoot Gypsies show that Adam took me to. They are a rock/blues band with a very impressive harmonica player. It was much different than your typical Nashville country band. We had an awesome time jumping around to the music, jamming all night. It reminded me a lot of high school, when I used to go to all of my friend's shows. Good times.
The second event that Adam and I went to was the Halloween Hip Hop Dance party. I stopped at the much picked-over Party City and got raccoon masks and party hats so we could go as party animals. This was just an absolute blast! Blaring music, everyone dancing in costumes, free pictures... I even ran into a cool gal, Lisa, I met at Drifters the previous week. It made up for missing the girls night we were supposed to have. We all danced, threw back a few brews, and then Adam and I caught an Uber home and passed out.
And last of all, I had some really good grub. Edley's Bar-B-Que wins my heart as far as BBQ goes. I had deep fried ribs my first night in town and then some delicious brisket at the Wine Festival (they were serving samples right next to us). Yummy yum yum! For breakfast, the Biscuit House was pretty good, but Charlie Bob's was my favorite. It's one of those little diners that you would typically look right past. We went there twice and both times I had a very, very happy belly. Their special was pancakes with eggs, bacon/sausage, and homefries/hashbrowns. That's my absolute favorite combo and I was not disappointed. Finally, in the pizza category, Five Points Pizza tops my list. It was a simple slice of cheese pizza, but it was one of the best slices of cheese pizza I've ever had.
So that's that, folks. I had a great time in Nashville and would go back any day. Every day I am amazed by the kindness of strangers and am extremely grateful for meeting the good people that I've met. Hopefully my story has inspired some of the folks I've crossed paths with so far! Live on!
I'm a city girl off on a journey to find happiness. My blogs will contain stories that I feel are significant to my voyage.