Detected an accent. Asked her how many languages did she speak.
English, French and Spanish?
No, English, Armenian and Russian.
I was born in Armenia. Then there was the earthquake in 1988. We stayed in Armenia until 1994, following independence in 1990. No running water. No electricity. Lots of none. Then my parents were able to stay with relatives in Moscow. You know that Armenia was part of Russia?
I went to University in Moscow. One of the best universities, at that time.
And now I am here.
Didn’t know, didn’t know.
All these particular experiences and perspectives, looking both outward and inward.