What does it mean to be “from” somewhere?

A few nights ago I participated — though mostly as an increasingly attentive observer — to a fascinating discussion between two people I love. For reasons that will become clear shortly, I will call them Analitica and Literaria. The topic of the discussion was the interpretation of the common question: “where are you from?” in a social setting. It turns out that Analitica and Literaria gave me much food for thought…