I’ve mentioned that Brad was accepted to the doctor of nursing practice program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, well tomorrow is his first day! The way his program is designed, he attends class in Nashville a few days out of the month and the rest can be done from Birmingham online. His first block is this week and it just so happens that I’m still on a break before school starts back next week. So here we are, Brad, Sunny, and I, in Nashville for the week! We’re staying at Home2 Suites just a couple blocks from campus. It’s a beautiful extended stay hotel that offers special rates to Vandy’s distance students. It comes equipped with a kitchen, which is great for lunches, and a complimentary breakfast. BUT the best part is that they are completely pet friendly! Checking in was a breeze and Brad, Sunny, and I wasted no time heading out to explore the campus and downtown.
Our first objective was to find Vandy’s nursing building. Walking down Division street and 21st we were blown away by the number of awesome looking restaurants with popular patios and live music, and we haven’t even checked out Broadway yet. At this moment I’m trying to Yelp us a food plan for the week. We found the nursing building no problem and set out across campus for the bookstore. Vandy’s campus is smaller than FSU’s but all the red brick work and walking paths really reminded us of undergrad. With all the greenery on campus I can’t wait to see it in the fall!
After the bookstore we headed across the street to check out Centennial Park. The park was huge and seemed to have tons going on. We saw LARP-ers, an ultimate frisbee game, puppies, picnics, and food trucks. After consulting a map we decided to head toward the dog park for Sundance. Along the way we got to see the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original in Athens, Greece. Nashville’s moniker, the “Athens of the South”, influenced the choice of the building in 1897 for Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition. It looked pretty awesome in person.
Behind the Parthenon you can see the Nashville city skyline!
Sunny had a great time and made lots of friends at the dog park. We decided to head back as the sun started to set and after the 2ish mile hike back to the hotel Sundance is completely tuckered out. She inhaled dinner, claimed the bed by the air conditioner, and hasn’t moved since :D. I’m excited to check out some of the cool places we saw tomorrow! Any suggestions out there? 🙂