8 Reasons Why Nashville is a Good City for an Expat

There are a lot of sides to Music City USA that I continue to discover. It has been a little over two years and I have been slowly but surely warming up to this place. Not everything is great (point me to the place where everything is and I will pack my bags) but overall: Nashville is a rather nice place to be. Of course there are downsides like constantly rising rent/house prices, people who forgot the Civil War happened, drivers who get scared every time it barely rains but I have come to love it here. And I will tell you why.

1. The climate 
Although Nashville is technically The South it gets cold here too. And trust me: you feel it. The summers are excruciatingly hot but hey, your chances of wearing shorts and t-shirts for Christmas are very high. And I don’t know about you but I will take this over a lot of things.

2. There is a river 
Yeah it is a little dirty and unless you want to lose a limb you will be strong enough to swim in it. For this girl, however, water is everything. I know I can’t just jump in but it is so calming to look outside my work window and see the water glistening in the sun. Total Zen.

3. You can continue to be a snowflake
Although Nashville tries to be as international as it possibly can, this town has some growing up to do. Walking around the streets of downtown Nashville you will probably not hear Ukrainian or Russian. I didn’t. This one has a flip side too - sometimes you feel totally alone but people take interest in you! Well, those who know where Ukraine is.

4. The city is very ambitious
You are surrounded by talented artists (mostly musicians) who are trying to ‘make it’. It is infectious to be friends with someone who is invested in their dreams and are working hard to achieve them. Makes you kind of look at your life and get depressed. I mean, re-evaluate.

5. Transport
To start with: the transport system in the US sucks and we all know it. However, if choosing your place of living strategically you can actually get around on buses with minimal to no damage in Nashville. If worse comes to worst you can always spend 4 hours at the DMV and get your driver’s license. You know, it is up to you.

6. It is a party city aka welcome to Nashvegas
and all that this entails. There is no time to be down in this town - this is Music City USA and we mean it. Live music starts at 11am and goes into the night. You can find your country stuff on Broadway or go to East Nashville to enjoy a different music scene. I can’t stress it enough - if not in cultures Nashville is hella diverse in music.

7. The hidden gems 
I knew about a Ukrainian store (alright, alright, it is Russian and Eastern European market but I choose to call it a Ukrainian store ‘cause it is owed by a Ukrainian family. There you have it) and that was a nice bonus of moving here. However, I recently discovered a kickass Asian market (which sells Ukrainian chocolate…?) and I am sure there are other little spots I am not aware of as in now. Isn’t it exciting?

8. The city is a little blue dot in a red state Not to get political but it is nice to be surrounded by open-minded people who know that love is love is love is love. My own little island of sanity of like-minded people. Diversity is at this party as well. It is pretty rocking.

1 comment

  1. I love this post! I was always wondering what's so special about Nashville that all the musicians and art people in general are so attracted to it?) Maybe you know why?


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