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Cowboys and Huasos

Yesterday Javi and I spent the day as tourists in our own city. We went to Room in the Inn for a couple hours to do a tour of the new building – Macarena is a social worker in Chile and was hoping to take some of the ideas from RITI back to Santiago. It’s such an incredible place – if you’re a Nashvillian and haven’t heard much about RITI, please take a look at their website and check out all the amazing things they are doing in our city.After RITI we went to Javier’s office to give his family a tour of the building where he works. Country music for the most part doesn’t make it all the way to Chile, but Paula and Maca are certainly familiar with Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum (in fact, Lady Antebellum is Maca’s favorite band) so it was fun to show them around the CMT building. After CMT we took a pit stop at Jacks – you really can’t have the whole Nashville experience without at least one meal at Jack’s barbecue on Broadway. His mom actually remembered Jack’s from their last trip to Nashville so she was especially excited to get back to try the bbq sauce again. After lunch and a trip to various trinket stores where they bought all their Nashville gadgets, we had planned to go to Robert’s to hear some music but we decided to come back at night instead to hear the Don Kelley band. One of the best things about Nashville in January and February is that there are hardly any tourists downtown, especially on weeknights, so we were able to grab two tables up front easily for the music. The Don Kelley band plays a mix of everything but mostly covers of songs from the 50s and 60s. Their guitar and slap bass players are just incredible – it actually felt really weird that we were watching them in such an empty Roberts – usually when we go see them the place it totally packed. Again, it’s definitely the off-season for Nashville tourism. Ayer Javi y yo pasamos el dia como turistas en nuestra ciudad. Fuimos con la familia a “Room in the Inn” – por un par de horas para hacer un tour del nuevo edificio – Macarena es una trabajadora social en Chile y queria tomar unas ideas del RITI para llevar a Santiago. Es un lugar increible – si eres de Nashville y no has escuchado mucho sobre RITI, por favor vayan a su sitio de internet para ver todas las cosas impresionantes que están haciendo en nuestra ciudad. Despues del RITI fuimos a la oficina donde trabaja Javier para dar un tour de su edificio a la familia Rodriguez. La musica country por la mayor parte no llega a Chile, pero Paula y Maca conocen la musica de Taylor Swift y Lady Antebellum (de hecho, Lady Antebellum es el grupo favorito de la Maca) asi que fue divertido mostrarles el edificio de CMT. Despues de ese tour, fuimos a Jack’s Barbecue – no se puede tener una verdadera experiencia de Nashville sin por lo menos un viaje a Jack’s en Broadway. Su mama recordó Jack’s de su ultimo viaje a Nashville asi que ella estaba especialmente emocionada por volver a probar la salsa de barbacoa de nuevo. Despues del almuerzo y un paso a las tiendas para comprar cositas de Nashville, queriamos ir a Robert’s para escuchar a la musica pero decidimos regresar en la noche para ver la Don Kelley Band. Uno de los mejores aspectos de Nashville durante enero y febrero es que no hay casi nada de turistas en el centro, especialmente durante la semana, asi que fue muy facil para nosotros juntar dos mesas en el frente para ver el show. La Don Kelley Band toca de todo, pero la mayoria de su musica es canciones de los 50 y 60. Su guitarrista y bajista son simplemente increibles – fue un poco raro no tener mas gente para aplaudir – normalmente cuando ellos tocan el bar esta completamente lleno. De nuevo, es definitivamente invierno en Nashville.
at CMT
Javi
at Robert

The whole day was centered around living the tourist Nashville experience – up until now Javier’s family has done basically everything with us that we normally do on our own. This day was a day to do the things we only do when guests come to town – and it’s good for us to go out and enjoy the music every now and then on Broadway. All in all a great day! El dia entero fue enfocado en pasar el dia como turistas – hasta ahora hemos pasado el tiempo haciendo cosas que Javier y yo normalmente hacemos nosotros mismos. Este dia fue un dia para hacer cosas que solamente hacemos cuando tenemos huespedes – y es bueno para nosotros de vez en cuando ir a Broadway para escuchar musica. Otro dia lindo!
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