Pretty soon, I’ll be packing up my bags and moving again.  This time last year, I was on my way to Mobile, Alabama.  Now, I’m off to Nashville, Tennessee.

First, let me assure you: I have no aspirations to be a country music star.  Quite the opposite, actually; I am extremely picky with country music.  Of course, I have been reassured that Nashville is much bigger than that, both regarding music and as a whole.

I’m actually doing another year of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the program that brought me to Alabama.  In Nashville, I’ll be working with a re-entry program that helps felons leaving prison.

I’m excited about my work, but I’m also excited to be living in a new city, one that is a bit bigger than Mobile — which sometimes feels more like a small town than a small city.  The New York Times had an article about the food scene in my future neighborhood which makes me hungry and eager to eat out. A lot.

What do you recommend for someone going to Nashville — aside from the country music scene?  I know there’s a lot more out there, and I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts and suggestions!

7 Responses to “Nashville-bound”

  1. LeeB. says:

    Visited Nashville a long time ago so no current recommendations from me. But just wanted to say good luck on your new adventure!

  2. LinnieGaylAAR says:

    I visited nashville a long time ago as well (conference there) and remember a marvelous history museum downtown, as well as some great restaurants.

  3. tracega says:

    Love Nashville, big city with a small town feel. Country music capital yes, but so much more. Some of the best Americana, Christian, Rock, actually across all music genres hail from Nashville. Smaller venues such 3rd & Lindsley, 12th & Porter, and the Exit In may offer something you’d be interested in.

  4. AARPat says:

    Food! Southern food–grits, biscuits, BBQ, collard greens, the works! And pie. Most of it not expensive at all. Happy eating!

  5. Found the link to the museum I visited:

    The conference was at the Opryland Hotel which was far from the downtown. It was a different hotel, but I remember the huge arboretum in it.

  6. Minerva says:

    You are going to love it. I lived in Nashville for about a year. The music scene is fabulous – lots of free or cheap concerts for just about every kind of music. I was an avowed country music snob until some of the local bands changed my mind. There are lots of funky neighborhoods with great off-the-wall kinds of shopping. Don’t even get me started on the food….

    The only downside for me was lack of mass transit. You need a car to get around and explore all the great things in the area and in the city.