I was staying with my friend Rukha, and I was expressing my frustration with the common question when travelling which is “where are you from?”.
I don’t really have a great answer for it, in the way that my first response it to just spout off crap about the town I grew up in. However, I haven’t really lived there for several years now, so I don’t really love that answer.
Rukha pointed out that most of those questions are really just a person trying to convey “tell me more about you”, which does seem quite true.
(So now, in my efforts to be awkwardly straight-forward all of the time, I will be replacing many of my questions with just “so…tell me more about you”, in as non-creepy a way as I can devise.)
Anyway, aside from all of that, I mentioned that recently my answer has been some variation upon the theme of “right now I’m travelling.”
It works pretty well for me.
But then, Rukha said something that I thought was pretty magical:
“When I get to where I’m going, I’ll know where I’m from.”
And that, I like more.