When I first moved to Nashville, sixteen years ago, I tried to learn the city by forcing myself to find new routes to places I had to go - I would never come home from the store the same way I got there - even if it was just cutting over a few blocks, or picking the interstate vs. a surface street - I tried to find multiple ways to get where I was going.
That was a decent strategy, because I know Nashville reasonably well, now. And I can even look back at places I struggled to find early on in my time here that are old hat, now.
That's not to say I don't occasionally mess up. There's a bagel place, a new one, on 17th and Broadwayish, and I occasionally fall prey to the one-way street conundrum getting to and fro. I definitely don't know East Nashville, but I am starting to learn where things are, in orientation to other things.
When we first moved to the new building, I struggled a little. Honestly, I did pretty well up until then. Once, while we were still in the Brentwood building, I overshot my exit like I was going to my previous job. That it happened once is a miracle. In the new building, there are three times that instead of taking the exit, I kept going like I was headed to the airport. Old habits die hard, y'all.
But you have to keep reevaluating. After the ban on coming into the office was lifted, I was back to my same route.
Over the last month or so, though, I've been noticing that "the usual" wasn't as great as I had remembered it.
Basically, there are two ways (via highway) that you can get to my office: (A) up/down and over, or
(B) down/up and over. See image below: