Everywhere I go, it happens the same thing.
It happens in Germany, it happens in Italy, it happens everywhere.
When I talk to new people and I have to introduce myself, I normally say what is my name (people struggle a lot to say “Pere”), and I am normally asked if that is a real name. Yes, it is a real name. And I am not a fruit! (Pera/pere in Spanish and Italian are the names of the fruit pear).
After saying my name, I normally say how old I am and following this I normally say where I am from. And I say I am from Menorca. Menorca (in English, Minorca) is not very known in the world. People around the world normally know Ibiza (PARTY, PARTY PARTY PARTY, etc), they know Mallorca because Rafa Nadal is from Mallorca, but not Minorca.
Every time I say I am from Menorca, people usually react like “Oh, that’s a beautiful place, I love it! I was there once, and it’s amazing! Mallorca is so nice! You are very lucky to come from there!”, etc, etc, etc.
I am usually told: Oh yeah! Mallorca! That’s a beautiful place! A lot of parties, huh! 😀 Huh!???? I am not from MALLORCA. I am from Menorca! Me-nor-ca! I know it’s a bit difficult, but coming from a small island, I appreciate it when somebody who is not from Spain knows Menorca. Because I know Mallorca is a great place, but I can tell you, Menorca is greater.