The past three days I have been spending alone in Nashville during a break between two obligations here. You all know that I was here this past weekend for a Bachelorette Party, and then tomorrow begins 5 days of attending a conference for work. Instead of flying out and back twice in one week I decided just to stay in the area, remote work, and see parts of Nashville that I wasn't going to have seen with the groups.
Well, Mother Nature had different plans for me. Did you know that Nashville is one of the top 30 'allergy capitals'? Neither did I. Apparently the topography, climate, and flora all combine to create deathly allergies for anyone that is even remotely affected by seasonal allergies. Mine have been getting worse over the past couple of years because DC is no walk-in-the-park either, but I have NEVER experienced anything like the past two days.
My throat started feeling a bit scratchy Sunday afternoon and I woke up Monday it's like my whole head was inflated like a ballon and an elephant was sitting on my chest. I tried going out and about as planned during the day, but was back in my room by around 4 and in for the night. I spent all of Tuesday in my room and the only interaction I had was with the nice woman that brought up my room serviced soup. Fortunately in being bed-ridden I was able to get a ton of work done because i am still fighting through remote-work because I don't want to waste any of my sick days on some silly allergies. Well I found out after going to Urgent care that I actually have strep on top of my allergies, but at least I've now gotten a ton of work done, received meds, and I'm on the mend!
My original plan was to hit up 3 different coffee shops in 3 different neighborhoods Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday so that I could see each of those neighborhoods after work and check out some of the really cool coffee shops that Nashville has to offer. I was also going to go to different studio fitness classes each day to keep up on my workouts. Well, very little of that happened besides a couple hours in the 12South neighborhood on Monday so I've decided to at least compile my planned itinerary so that if you're well and able during your time here you can still mirror it!
Monday: 12 South
So I was able to do a few things on my list of visiting 12 South. The first was to telework from the Frothy Monkey cafe, which went as planned! I got the signature monkey mocha, which is actually chocolate-banana! I was very skeptical about that flavor combination in my coffee, but o my Lord was it amazing! I didn't have much of an appetite but everyone's food looked killer! The atmosphere was amazing and the staff was extremely friendly. Definitely be sure to check it out.
From there the plan was to walk a few blocks over to 8 South st. to visit a few shops and eventually walk my way down to Party Fowl to meet a friend's friend for dinner as a way to socialize while here instead of being 100% solo. I made it over to the street, but the humid walk and fresh cut grass put my allergies into overdrive and I had to tap out. I ended up grabbing an iced tea from 8th and Roast coffee shop and from what I could tell the cafe is a definite to check out. I also made sure to grab some Nashville Hot Chicken as an effort to clear my sinuses. I grabbed the chicken from Hattie B's, which is the quintessential place to do so, and headed home for a night in.
If I had stayed out I would have definitely checked out more murals in 12South and gone vintage shopping in 8South. Next time....
Tuesday: The Gulch
Tuesday is where my plan really failed. Around 2am I left my room to go to the desk for some medicine, but never left my room after that. I spent the day in bed, on my laptop working, which is far from what I had planned for my day in The Gulch.
The Gulch is a trendy neighborhood just southwest of the downtown/broadway area. It's lined with boutiques, gyms, cafes, restaurants, and houses the infamous wing mural that everyone who is anyone posts pictures of. My plan had been to telework from Killbrew cafe, have a random stranger take my pictures with the wings, attend a PureBarre class, and finish off the night bopping in and out of shops.
Sounds like the perfect day, right?! Well... I couldn't do it, so be sure to follow this day's itinerary so I can live vicariously through you!
Wednesday: East Nashville
To be honest, I hadn't done much research on East Nashville, I had just heard through the grapevine that it was a place I needed to see. My plan was to do some research during my remote work/coffee shop days Monday and Tuesday, but I quickly realized going out and about on Wednesday was also not in the cards so I never fully decided on an itinerary.
Fortunately I found a blog post that walks you through a perfect day in East Nashville so you can use that for your guide!
So, here I am, sitting in my hotel lobby feeling productive for simply getting out of bed wishing I could have accomplished all of those things. I made sure to include some pictures of the things I actually did, and you'll just have to do the rest to capture memories for yourself. Tomorrow starts a 5-day/12-hour-per-day conference so I'm just going to rest up so that I have the energy to do that and to excel in my professional endeavors. Stay tuned for more on that!