5th September - 7th September
05.09.2011 - 07.09.2011
Nash Nash, Nashville!
Instead of talking about greyhound on this blog, the amount of stories and craziness ive already seen deserves its own page so http://www.davidtodd.co.uk/greyhound.html
I arrived in Nashville in the late evening, without any phone battery and the rain pouring down I struggled to recall the directions the the hostel! 5 minutes’ walk out of town is something I remembered but I must have been too eager as I turned to early and ended up in circles trying to find it, (reminisces of Atlanta already!) after a quick burger king for me to recharge with a burger and for my phone to recharge, I found the road and the hostel in no time!
It was a great sight to see as I arrived, it looked welcoming with flags and pictures, it just seemed like a chilled out place and as I sit here writing this the best example I can give you of that is the three people singing in reception with guitars and the piano, along with ten more outside round a fire!! (review at the end for more details)
I moved into my room and immediately got some much needed washing on, and with a jumper on (as the rain was heavy, check the weather reports, the most rain and the coldest Nashville has ever been since records began!) Obviously I don’t mind a bit of rain!
The walk wasn’t long, just into tow, Nashville even in the rain still seemed pretty lively, as I arrived back, I was greeted by a couple of fresh faces, my new roommate from California, a south African, two aussie girls (one of which works at Disney Florida which I immediately wanted to know everything about!) and a kiwi, we chatted for a while and then decided to play taboo…. Which is not a bad game and very good for chit chat (a nice leisurely evening!)
Morning saw me wake up with another of my roommates who seemed to shower more than he slept, up at 5 as he was getting a shower, I assumed he was leaving, but no just making sure he was clean before getting back into bed again, 6am and everyone else was up, unsure of the mans intentions as he dried off (second shower) and got back into bed! 7am and he was at it again, but to save my already confused mind, I decided I’d run before he got out!
Still raining, although I like running in the rain, makes me feel like rocky, like someone who has to train! Took 36 mins to do 4 miles which im proud of so therefore im putting it in this blog! I had cheerio’s and made an omelette with some turkey, My omelette making skills are improving, in Atlanta I made one but it came out in horrible small uncooked lumps of egg and sausage although I ate it all the same!
Around 11 I headed out with the Calfornian, and the south African (haven’t thought of a shorter version, maybe safrican!, that’ll do) We walked down to the river front which was worth a look even in the rain, and through and round up to the Capitol building which, we found out later on was the second largest that is still in operation in the country!
Lunch was found by safrican, in his lonely planet guide he found a diner called arnolds…
- if your reading this heading to Nashville you need to eat there
It was packed, and the atmosphere was amazing, although it was a little walk out of town it was worth it, I had some juicy ham with veg, (very healthy) then tried some spicy chocolate cake, which is one of the tastiest things when it goes in your mouth but slowly makes you cry with the spice, it wasn’t amazing so I left that to somebody else to have! (I don’t mean I sneaked a bit and then put it back on the shelf, Im not that type of guy! There was a slice for everyone to take a bit off!)
Afternoon saw us three head into a place called the wild-horse saloon,
- turn left of Broadway, onto second avenue and its on the right!
They had free pool, table football and a game called shuffle board, which is a cross between bowls and … a game where the further down the table you get the more points you score! (im sure there is a game like that I just can’t think of it right now! Look it up and see for yourselves) we had beers called a blue moon which had orange in it, which tasted amazing and it was a good afternoon all round, made even better by horse statues posing in human-like ways at the bars and tables! (see pictures)
We walked back and left Californian as he went on his way to another part of Tennessee, changed and headed back out to the same place to meet the Aussie and kiwi girls, to do a spot of line dancing!
- free every Tuesday at the wild horse saloon! 5.30pm and 7pm!
It was basic but the steps we learnt formed the dancing we would be doing for the rest of the night, we were the only 5 doing it so it was funny to think that has we not been there, this woman may have come in for nothing
We then went to countless different bars along Broadway and 2nd avenue, all of which has live music all night long which for me is genius, they all work for tips so entry into the places is free and drinks are cheap if you buy the right stuff,
- PBR is in a can and tastes good but for a small price compared to most others, plus its traditional for the south of north America!
The night then consisted of going into each bar, enjoying maybe one song before doing our line dance and then leaving! I think we got worse as we went on but I didn’t see anyone fists clenching in the audience so I’ll take that as a job well done, The night also included safrican and me doing a body shot in coyote ugly which is possibly too graphic to describe (pictures!) a trip to some karaoke bars (obviously I wowed the crowds) (plus by coincidence I met two fantastic women from Grimsby so spent a lot of time chatting to them, they are also the ones who have changed my route plan again! Gotta love spur of the moment decisions!) and a strange trip to hooters in which both myself and Safrican felt a little too confident and tried some smooth moves with the ladies who undoubtedly hated us both!
One person who didn’t hate my lines was Miss Disney, (who by the way is a massive smiler) we decided that even though everyone else was going home we should stay out but in our more clumsy states, couldn’t find the bar we had just visited for some karaoke so has to stick to just live music instead, country music is a good genre to listen to on a night out, I need to download more!
Disney and I got home a little later on, we gave each other more to remember than just words as we said good night and went our separate ways and went to bed!
Morning and it was my own alarm that woke me as frequent shower man had left the day before, More cheerio’s and sing songs in the day, a very easy morning, said good bye to Disney and her group as they went on down to New Orleans, and then more sing songing before heading to greyhound, as I say greyhound deserves a page of its own, http://www.davidtodd.co.uk/greyhound.html
- The Music city Hostel is small but that creates a great situation to meet others and talk to as many people as you want to, the kitchen area is well equipped and there is always free food to be had on the shelves and fridge, located just outside downtown Nashville, it is 25 minutes to walk in, staff are casual and extremely helpful and friendly. Definitely worth $25 a night!