This past Sunday, while sitting down to lunch in Paris (rough life, I know...), the Americans sitting at the next table looked at me and said, 'where are you from?' as they heard me talking when I sat down, and darned if Americans aren't friendly to their own kind when they're abroad! :)
And, thus the dillema began.
When living in the US, 'from' implied where I was originally from-as opposed to where I currently lived. And, as most Americans can still detect a slight Southern accent, my reply, 'North Carolina' isn't a suprise. Since moving abroad however-and especially since fully settling into life in London-I really have no idea how to answer that question. If I say, 'London' (which I did in this case....), I immediately get: 'oh, wow. you don't sound British.' And, then I usually have to follow up with explainig that no, I'm not British-I just live there. I'm most recently from Seattle. Invariably, the Southern accent gets mentioned, and then I have to further clarify that I'm originally from North Carolina.
Who ever knew that such a simple question could create such a complicated response! Maybe I'm just making this more complicated than it needs to be.
So, blog readers....when people ask you 'where are you from?' how do you respond?