Via The Daily Bell
Where are you from?
Seems like a simple question. As I have been traveling recently outside of the U.S. it has come up a lot.
When someone asks me where I’m from, I want to rattle off some stats. Where I was born, where I moved to; I name the broader regions and the closest cities.
I am from Massachusetts, outside of Boston, but I moved to Florida. No, nowhere near Miami or Orlando. On the Panhandle, basically lower Alabama.
My answer was never the U.S.A. because that is too broad. It doesn’t give much information. Most people asking where I was from assumed I was from the U.S.A. and were curious to know from which region I hailed.
Los Angelos is 2,700 miles from New York City. It would take you two full sleepless days of constant driving to reach Miami from Seattle. America is a large country with vast cultural, geographical, and economic differences. The regions, cities, and people are unique.
And it is not just America where people refer to the region or city instead of the country. Everyone I met who has traveled Asia referred to city names and not the country. …read more