Last night I went to downtown Nashville to see a concert at the Ryman Auditorium. It was a cool band I like called The Neighbourhood, and of course the historic Ryman is always an awesome venue for a show.
At the last minute, literally – the day before, I decided to make a night of it and stay in downtown Nashville for the night.
While I was researching spots to stay near the concert venue, I came across the Nashville Hostel and I thought…
Hmm. 🙂 That sounds like fun!
What could be cooler than bunking with a bunch of random strangers for the night?!
Normally I’d stay somewhere like the Hilton, but I decided to be adventurous… so I booked a night at the Hostel. 🙂
I had no idea what to expect, outside of the photos on their website, but it turned out to be way cooler than I imagined. There were people in and out from all over the world, and they had a really nice commons area set up for hanging out. You can see just a part of it in the picture below but they also had a TV area and a community kitchen – it was a neat setup.
The rooms had 5 bunk beds and slept 10, with a shared bathroom. It was co-ed, so just a random group of women and men bunking together. It wasn’t at all awkward like you might think. It kind of reminded me of being at 4-H camp when I was a kid.
I loved it. What a NEAT experience! Definitely something I’ll do again…
I parked my car as soon as I got there, and walked the rest of the night.
I also danced nonstop through the entire concert 🙂 so I got in TONS of steps in a few short hours!
It was a rainy night – just a light drizzle though, nothing major – so I wore my favorite rubber flip flops and just hiked my skirt up and splashed through downtown Nashville enjoying the city!
There was tons of music, lots of neat places to step in and out of, and at one point I sat down and had a coffee and just did some people watching. 🙂
The concert was great! I had a ticket for one, an awesome seat, and danced through the whole thing. There’s something really cool about being part of a crowd that’s so into the moment, and just BEING in that moment. Everyone singing the same song, everyone dancing, everyone there to have a great time.
It’s hard to feel “alone” in FUN crowd, even if you go out by yourself.
I met some really neat people last night, including a skydiving instructor! So yes, that is now one of the next things on my list of fun adventures. 🙂
The whole night left me feeling inspired. It inspired me to keep working hard toward getting in amazing shape, to keep getting out to experience the world, to keep meeting new and interesting people… and to keep exploring while I figure out what this next phase of my life is going to hold. Which is A LOT, I imagine. 😉
Have you ever stayed in a Hostel? Would you?
Earlier this week I bought another ticket for an upcoming concert, and now I’m thinking I may just hunt down a hostel in that area! Not only are they super cheap, but it’s definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced.
It’s so much more social than your typical hotel, and a really great way to meet and spend time with interesting people from all over the world.
Adventure is good for the soul. I highly recommend it…
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