The other day a man on the bus welcomed me to his country. He said, "Sir. You're not from here are you? I would just like to welcome you to my country." I said, "Thank you for that. But I'm actually from here. I'm from Santa Fe." He thought I was of some Middle Eastern descent. Then he said I should shave my beard and so he doesn't mistake me for some other nationality. Quite funny.
Why the heck do people think New Mexico is all desert and it is always warm here and we all speak Spanish. I wish I spoke Spanish don't get me wrong, but we are part of the United States. Sure the Spanish came here in like 500 BC, or whenever it was, so we do have lots of history with Spanish speakers, but after the Spanish left we became part of the United States--English speakers. We have cars, we have airports, we have mountains, we have forests. We also have deserts. Yes, and we have burritos, and everyone here likes them.