When my husband and I go out for a cocktail or dinner, we often run into other expats and most of the time after we all confirm our expat status, we hear the laments of “there is absolutely nothing to do here if you aren’t into high-school football , country music or flea-markets”, or” why aren’t there any really great restaurants or bars here”? This is usually said with hints of longing for our past life in the city.
This made me wonder. Is there a way to enjoy what East Tennessee has to offer when one comes from the sophisticated and endless entertainments of the large cities? I will try to answer this question by exploring my own adopted hometown and state, experiencing it through the eyes of a person who loves art, architecture and history and really appreciates good food and drink along the way. Up until now I have been among those who felt starved for the old life. Surely I can find that life here also? We'll see!