After 4 days in New York i was off to Nashville.
I was going on my own and I knew no one there.
Not sure quite what I was thinking.
I had booked my stay on airbnb and it turned out to be great.
I stayed with a guy called Jim in a lovely house in East Nashville and I had the coolest bed ever...
I spent 4 days in Nashville trying to soak up as much country music as I could.
I visited the country music hall of fame and the Ryman Auditorium and my favourite part, I saw a live gig at the Bluebird Café with Chip Esten among others.
I loved Nashville and I really want to go back, but I'd be lying if I said going somewhere completely alone wasn't challenging.
I've travelled a lot, but never have I been in a brand new place so far from anywhere with anyone who knows who I am and what my name is.
I'm glad I came though. I feel like I learned a lot. I learned how to be okay with just me and my brain and that I'm capable of a lot more than I give myself credit for.
As I said above - Chip Esten at the Bluebird Café.
It was something they call "in the round".
4 musicians sat facing each other in the middle of the venue taking turns to play their songs.
The 3 who's song it wasn't would improv and help out and play to the person who's it was.
The level of talent in that room that night was magical and I was completely in awe.
For those of you who know me, you'll know that I have a minor obsession with the
Seeing Chip Esten in real life was a BIG DEAL.
I was lucky enough to be sitting at one of the closest tables and after I got to meet him and take a picture. I don't have any memories of what I said but I think it went something like...bleafufehj.