ESL Life Abroad - Crystal Powell
Nashville - The US city I am living now
What is famous in Nashville?
I am living in a medium-size city in the south---Nashville, the capital city of Tennessee, a state in America. It is most renowned as the center of the music industry, which gives Nashville the name "Music City." There are numerous music stars that started their career here, one of them being Taylor Swift. (My husband’s parents were her neighbors up until a couple of months ago.)
Since it is the kingdom of music, various concerts have been held here. Nashville is the Hollywood for music. It is THE MUSIC CITY for singers to perform in. Some of the singers include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Taylor Swift. To be more specific, Nashville is the hometown for American Country music. It also has the annual Country Music Association Awards, which is a huge reward for country music nationally. By the way, there is a new soap opera on TV now called Nashville and they actually shot most of it in the city. Now you know how famous the city is!
Moreover, because of the influence of music, Nashville attracts millions of tourists from all over the world, which contributes a lot to the city’s economy. Numerous music clubs and bars can be found in downtown Nashville. Maybe one day, you will run into a future mega-star in one of them. :)
What is cool in Nashville?
I moved here in September. I had the chance to observe the transition from summer to fall. I have to say, the temperature here is quite similar to Zhengzhou. Hot, humid summers and dry, cold falls are pretty common here. Two weeks ago, I started to equip myself with thick, comfy coats and my favorite scarves. Boots are must for me, maybe not the American southern cowboy boots yet though!
The scene in fall here is definitely breathtaking! Golden, crimson, maple red and green leaves on trees are scattered everywhere in the city, not to mention the views in the suburbs. It is like a painting of Vincent Van Gogh. If you come to America one day, you have to come down here and check it out. I have to admit that Nashville, for sure, has more colors in fall than Zhengzhou.
As for food, if you like meat and barbecue, Nashville is the place to come. If you like meat and hot food, then you have to book your flight tickets to Nashville tomorrow. Hot chicken, hot fish, and barbecue are Nashville’s signature cuisine. I might have gained a couple of pounds since I came here. What can I say? You got to “Seize the day!”
What is weird for me in Nashville?
Before I arrived in Nashville, I had never thought how I was going to commute here. I supposed like everywhere else in China, especially in Zhengzhou, I would ride a bike, take a bus, or walk to travel around. No problem! That’s how I it did in Zhengzhou. However, that is obviously not the case here. People drive cars to go to places. It is very dangerous to ride a bike on the streets, because cars here are a lot faster than the cars in Zhengzhou. Most families own at least one car. Also, I would say it is almost impossible to walk to stores or schools here. Everything is so far apart from each other. Normally, the place where you live is not walking distance to the stores, which means I have to learn how to drive here in order to “survive”. (I will talk about traffic rules in a future column.) I even found that some streets don’t have sidewalks.
Another thing I feel weird about is how much people here are willing to spend on their pets. According to a survey, 85% people will spend over $100 dollars on their pet’s cosmetics, not even including the food or medical care. There are pet hotels and salons. My parents-in-law have two dogs, I love them dearly. One is called Clancy, who is 12 years old and the other is Riley, who is a 1 year old. Clancy and Riley were both rescue dogs. My parents-in-law adopted them from the shelter. Little Riley is passionate about barking for no reason. So we went to a pet chain store called “PETSMART” to find some solutions.
The second I entered the store, I was SHOCKED. I never imagined a pet store could be that HUGE. I am not exaggerating; it is as big as the mall in Zhengzhou. There were tons of things designed for pets from food to clothes, to toys to beds. You name it, they have it! You probably can get lost in the store. It even has dog classes to train dogs not to bark, not to chew and not to use the bathroom on the carpet in the house. They even sell cat’s gloves for preventing them from scratching. They are ten individual caps that cover each of their nails. Can you believe it? This made me wonder if the pets in America are happier than those in China. I still remember the short tiny aisle for pet products in Dennis and Vanguard in Zhengzhou. What a big contrast!
既然它是音乐的王国，各式各样的音乐会都在这里举行。纳什维尔就是音乐的好莱坞。这里是歌星们表演的音乐之城。其中包括 Lady Gaga, Justin Bibber 和 Taylor Swift. 更确切地说 ，纳什维尔是美国乡村音乐的故乡。这里每年都举行年度乡村音乐大奖，这是一项全国性的对乡村音乐所颁发的巨大的奖项。顺便说一下，现在电视上正在热播一个电视剧叫做 纳什维尔，多数剧集都是在这个城市拍摄的。现在你知道纳什维尔有多有名了吧！