So I did a greyhound trip. There was not much sleeping and damn was I worried that I was on the right bus every time that bus driver was opening his mouth... The bus said "Dallas" but I am not in Dallas for another3 nights... So I am just hoping that this bus is taking a looong detour to get to Dallas....and fortunately it did. I arrived at Nashville greyhound station at 8.30am.
Walking to the apartment (as I do) I was surprised at all the people on the street greeting me. "How you're doing?" one dude wanted to walk with me even :) I like the friendliness but where does it stop? This morning it was freezing (10C) and I actually had to get out my yellow coat... Only 30min to tonights accommodation and my first impression was :oh my god, I don't wanna stay here. Reason for that was that the host looked (really sorry about this as he is really nice) creepy and he had to shove the mess out of the way to let me into the apartment. I then was greeted by Halloween decorations and the hosts' partner- yes in that order. Afterwards I was introduced to a big fluffy dog (like from the never ending story) a kitten and a small dog. The big one I am already friends with ;)
Walking to the parthenon I really want to then take bus- yes a bus, to the Johnny cash museum. However at the Parthenon there is a little market with live music and some mid twenties playing football (American). As is has become warmer again, I am staying a bit longer enjoying music and view before moving onwards
I'm in downtown. I walked... And I don't like downtown. Like temple bar in Dublin really, It is so crowded and you cannot really enjoy the music as you can hear almost everywhere 2 playing at the same time. And then all those tourists - like me but talking. The fact that I am overly tiered and not really in the mood to go to an overcrowded bar to drink some water isn't helping.
By now I've been in the museum. Some cool stuff, some weird stuff and Johnny cash was a terrible actor. Glad his main profession was to be a singer. I have seen the Nashville Capitol and a few great graffiti. It is now 3pm (another hour back) that means I have been walking around way to much again. I am back in the park on a swinging bench surrounded by squirrels listening to some live music again. Those little fellows have lost all sense of danger and come humans awfully close.
While I am writing this I am worrying again about tomorrow. It will be my first flight between states. I'm not sure how early I need to arrive and I haven't checked in yet. Check out at my Airbnb is at 12pm I believe. My country hall of fame tour starts at 9 and the RCA Tour starts at 11.30 my flight is at 19.45. I'm hoping I can leave my luggage until 3pm and then walk to the bus station to the airport. Otherwise I would have to take my luggage with me at 8.15am to the tour.... That would suck...
When I was arriving home thinking that I would not see any live music I heard this girl outside my window and spontaneously went outside to drink a homemade lemonade while listening to the music. (Video posted on Facebook)
While I was sitting there I noticed that I did not use sunscreen this morning and might have the results to live with now... :( but I was asked today if I am from England! So the first country that comes to mind when hearing me talk in not a German speaking one! After 5 years of sounding Austrian I am at least English! Happy days.
Boy, this was a good night. I don't think I have moved even once during the night. The bed was so comfortable. If I would not have to leave at 8.15 I would sleep even longer. Best Night in the trip so far.
Also a small note on the site: they have a "European" toilet seat. That different countries have different toilet seats was no news to me but the American remind me of train/plane toilets rather than a proper toilet you would have at home...
I did not need to worry about my luggage- that is how great my hosts are. And music City Country Hall of Fame is Great. I came here by 9am and am only on the middle floor. I have to stop now to get to the RCA studio b tour at 11.30. But I will come back afterwards.
The RCA tour was only one hour but the tour guide knew everything about the Nashville music industry. Regardless of what question was asked. The group was all American but me which was not the case in other tours by a long shot. Did you know that music or tourism is not Nashville's biggest industry? Apparently it is mainly healthcare followed by some banking or insurance stuff...
Back at the museum there was a whole exhibit of Blake Shelton... His X factor appearance makes him way too popular.
Fun feeling when you pass by a gallery of 2015 biggest artist and you notice that you have seen them all live: Luke Bryan, Sam hunt, Chris Stapleton (one of my current favorite singers), little big town, Zac brown band... So missing for me to see are only lee Brice and Kenny Chesney and Shania twain... Though I am a bit surprised that all of these are considered to be the top country acts 2015... But if it's in a museum it must be true ;)
I picked up my stuff at 3 and walked downtown to catch the bus to the airport. Unfortunately I missed in by a minute. Now I had to wait 90 minutes on the next one. I thought about walking around but decided against it. Imagine missing that one too. Than I would actually get into trouble from a time point of view...
At the airport I will upload this, so I see you in New Orleans...
I won't continue with the campaign thingy... Way too boring ;) so unless I find something interesting to report about election I will not bring it up again.
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