Where Are You From

It seems I can never illude the question, “Where did you come from?”

I always get this question or something very similar. I always stumble around looking for the appropriate answer. Or maybe I’m just looking for the answer that someone actually wants to hear.  Because the truth is very simple and actually complicated at the same time.

Let’s get something straight, I came from my mother. Sounds innocent and simple enough doesn’t it? And whomever asked that question to begin with, already knew that answer. But that’s not what they want to hear. And why is that?

I have given other answers that are basically half-truths, but they just lead to more and more questions.

Born in Germany

I used to answer, “I was born in Germany”.  Which inevitably leads to the response, “Oh so you’re German?” I don’t know, you tell me? Does where I am born define who I am? If it does, then I guess I’m German. But I don’t live in Germany. I don’t speak German. And Germany didn’t even want to give me a passport.

Grew Up in the USA

The next answer I started to give people was, “I travel on an American passport”. For some reason this also leads to more questions. “So you are America. Where are you from in the USA?”

“Well, I’m from everywhere and nowhere at the same time”. I did grow up and spend my formidable years in the USA. But I lived everywhere from California to Massachusetts, and I’ve been to 48 of the 50 states so far.

I live in the Dominican Republic

It’s always fun to tell people “I’m Dominican”. They look at me, confused, and just don’t know what to say!

I’ve lived here, in the Dominican Republic, more than any other place during my life. I’m immersed in the culture and call this place my home. I’ve never identified the word “home” with any other place that I have ever lived, besides here. Legally, I’m Dominican.

I associate with being Dominican the Dominican Republic being my home, more than anything else. (Although I’m not from here.

Citizen of the World

This it’s so cliche. However, it’s probably closer to the truth than most of the other answers I’ve given above.

I’ve always been a vagabond, a wonderer, an explorer. I’ve traveled to over 70 countries so far, and see no signs of slowing down in the near future.

However, I am starting to repeatedly visit certain countries over and over again. I’m not here to collect stamps in my passport. I’m here to explore the world, meet people, and learn about different cultures everywhere that I go.

So hopefully you’ll want to follow along and join me on my next adventure. Wherever that may be!