Nine months in, this is what I have learned about Nashville thus far…
Each street has at least three names, one of which might be a number. Confusing? Yes.
Nashville is very much about music, and while it has a lot of country spots, it’s not as country as I thought it would be.
There are very few line dancing bars, the ones we do have are as follows:
Wild Horse: very family friendly, they bank on tourism
Whiskey Dix: outside of city center about 35-40 minutes, college bar for the most part, two rooms, country and hip hop, free cover for ladies before 10pm AND free long necks until 11
Silverados: Underneath a bridge about 20 minutes from city center, not in the best neighborhood BUT they play older country until about 10:30 and then they mix some hip hop/pop in, $8 cover and free long necks until 11
Broadway will either dazzle or repel you. Give it some time, a portion of your money (they thrive with tourism) take a drink or two, and you won’t be able to help but love it at least a little.
McKay’s is where you want to be for used books and music.
Finding people originally from Nashville in the city proper is like finding a unicorn, so many transplants here.
There are traffic lights that do the normal, red yellow green thing but then at certain times of the day they just flash yellow. This is not the same as flashing red. I’m sorry to the person behind me.
Yellow to red lights here mean “just a couple more please”, not slow down and stop now.
The HOV/Carpool lane can be used by all except for the hours between 4-6. That one really blew my mind.
Nashville and Portland, Oregon share a lot, and I mean a lot of similarities in the styles and hang out spots of younger generations. There’s a significant show of man buns/long hair, beards, somewhat tight pants, skinny bodies, frayed shirts, microbreweries, coffee shops, thick framed glasses, fedoras and somewhat fancy shoes. Not going to lie, I was looking more for cowboy boots, flannel, baseball caps and two steppin venues. I’m not completely out of luck, just less options than previously anticipated.
Speaking of two steppin… there isn’t much of that happening even at the country bars listed above! They have other partner dances that they seem to prefer more.
It gets cold. I mean, if you’re from a snowing state, then… no, it doesn’t get cold. But if your from the West Coast… it gets cold. It also gets hot. It’s summer and I’m sometimes melting.
Sometimes it does snow, and that one inch might even stick, but it’ll melt by afternoon. Enjoy it, make muddy snowmen, take pictures, breathe it in, and then let it go. Appreciate that you don’t have to shovel anything.
***Then live through icepocolypse 2015 where Nashville was shut down for 2 days and only got up and running completely after about 6 when one to two inches of ice and snow came down and the temperatures didn’t reach above 35.
It’s humid, constantly. I don’t think this is a bad thing, I wish it helped the static that is often present in my hair during winter, but alas it does not.
Being just about 29, single, never married and with no children is not as normal here as it is in San Diego. Being 29, married with children is totally normal and expected here. Never seen so many young parents in my life. Welcome to the South. I want to note that I am not judging negatively on this, at all. I just happen to feel behind sometimes when out on the weekend.
There is one Trader Joe’s. It’s in the worst traffic area of Nashville (in my humble opinion) otherwise known as Green Hills. Don’t go around 1:30-2 when school is getting out if you’re going south after, you’ll end up eating your snacks before you get home.
There are no Starbucks in East Nash.
Potholes can be filled and back again within what seems like a week. After the snow is a rousing game of dodge the pothole on any given road!
Luke Bryan does go out to eat with his family as does Alan Jackson… both go to a restaurant I worked at when I first moved here. Definitely one of the highlights of working there. I. talked. to. Luke. Bryan. I thought I wasn’t a fan girl. I was wrong.
If you go to Broadway and find someone cute, chances are they are not from here. Stick with Demonbreun or Midtown for a few more locals.
Nashville is growing like crazy, traffic is starting to take after San Diego rush hour, mostly because there are fewer lanes here and so. many. people.
I’d be lying if I said I was in love with Nashville. I’m not. I like it well enough, but am I convinced that this is my forever place? No. Maybe I just haven’t found my part yet, I’m not sure. But I’m going to keep trying and exploring.