SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016
This was the only day that we had a legitimate agenda in mind, but that was only because we discussed it before we went to bed. For most of the trip, we just had ideas of what we wanted to do, but we didn’t really have a plan. I loved that about Nina and Erica – that they were willing to just go with the flow for the trip. Honestly, I don’t know if it would have been as fun otherwise (actually, it probably would have been because doing anything with them would be an absolute blast).
We woke up early on Sunday and enjoyed complimentary breakfast at the hotel again. We all quickly got ready because we were excited for a day full of adventures, but we had to pack it in tight because Nina was meeting a friend in Knoxville and had plans to leave at 2 pm, and Erica’s flight took off around 5 pm.
Our first stop was to 12th South – basically one of my favorite streets in Nashville because there’s so much to do! We went to Frothy Monkey, and I got a peppermint hot chocolate, because they still had the winter drinks out. We walked over to Sprinkles, and went to the cupcake ATM. I went to my first cupcake ATM in Chicago last year, but Erica and Nina had never seen one before, and I think we all went a little nuts.
Afterward, we took pictures in front of Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James. It wasn’t open at the time, but the outside looked so cute! The doors were navy blue, and the walls outside were painted with light blue and white strips. So adorable. Next to her store, there’s a wall that says “I believe in Nashville.” We couldn’t resist having a mini photoshoot.
With the weather being so beautiful, we went to the Nashville Zoo! It’s easily one of my favorite zoos that I’ve ever visited for two reasons:
1) There’s an area where the goats are just roaming around, and you can go up to the goats and pet them and be their friend. Erica kept trying to pet them, and they kept running away into their little feeding area. At one point, she was petting one, and it started pooping, so there’s that. We took some selfies with our new friends before doing more exploring.
2) Even better than goats roaming around is KANGAROOS ROAMING AROUND! Yes, you read that right. There was an area where there were a bunch of kangaroos just hanging around out of their cages, and you could go pet them. At first, they were all sleeping, but one of them went over to the side and we got to pet it. Her name is Ima, and she’s our best friend.
There were so many lovely animals to see at the zoo, including meerkats, which I’ve always said our my inner animal. I mean, we have so much in common, right? Just call me Timon! Except don’t because in the words of The Ting Tings, “that’s not my name.”
After sadly watching Nina drive away (to the gas station next door), buying a $2 Christmas has at the Super K-Mart and eating a French onion soup bread bowl at Panera with Erica, I was off for an adventure of my own. One of the things I wanted to do while in Nashville was visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. When I pulled into a parking spot, a lady walked up to my window and told me I could take hers. It cost $28 to park, and the spot was good until 7:19 pm, so I happily took the spot. After I left, the museum, I paid it forward, and gave the spot to someone else and then I got hit up by a supposedly homeless woman that I gave $5 to.
The County Music Hall of Fame was amazing. Even though I’m not really that into older country, I still enjoyed myself. It was neat to go through all of the exhibits and learn about different artists. They had a Keith Urban display that really enticed me. It was one of the changing displays, and I read through his life, and looked at all of the things (artifacts?) that they had in his exhibit. Every time I saw anything related to Taylor Swift, I got embarrassingly excited. I had fun listening to music and learning a little bit about each artist. I love that they had a good mix of older country and more modern country. Since I like the more pop country artists and songs, I had more fun browsing the displays that featured artists like Carrie Underwood, Maddie and Tae and Lady Antebellum.
Nashville was such a fun adventure (obviously, since I had to break it up into three different blog posts). I can’t wait to go back and explore the city even more.
A full Nashville vlog is coming soon, but in the meantime, check out a little bit of my trip in my Everyday Bliss vlog series: