When people ask me where I’m from my first response is usually a dramatic sigh. “Not this again..” is what I’m almost always thinking. “This” being the endless double-takes, puzzled looks and assumptive questions guessing at where Trinidad and Tobago might be.
So you’ve met someone from the Caribbean, wait, some people don’t even know where that region is, so…let’s go with close to America. That gives a person a little more than “Somewhere on Earth, possibly Africa.” to go on. How else do I direct them geographically if no phone with data or wifi is available?
I use some sort of object like a napkin or a book or failing having any of these, my own palms. I have the person imagine North, Central and South America to the left of what I’m using. I ask them to imagine Central America as having a sort of “C” shape. I then say that the Caribbean, which has a lot of countries, is in the ocean a little further out from that “C” shape and that Trinidad and Tobago can be found all the way down, next to a country in South America called Venezuela.
It’s all well and good if the person speaks English. In the eventuality the person does not, I just say Mars. Why, because…….(I really wanted to write “YOLO” but I’m too dignified for that mess…)
Or am I?