The symbol on my necklace and earrings is a mesob, which is a type of plate that people all sit together in a circle and eat from. It’s originally from Ethiopia, which is where I was born, but I grew up in Rome.
I came to Nottingham three years ago to work for the Red Cross. My job involves helping refugees and asylum seekers find members of their family that they’ve become separated from during migration, natural disasters or other humanitarian crises. The best thing about my job is getting to interact with so many people, and I love it when there is a positive outcome and we can help find people.
I travel around the UK a lot, but Nottingham is my favourite city. I’m not just saying that because I live here! I wanted to improve my English by moving to the UK. In my spare time I like to go out with my friends, read books and dance. I dance the tango whenever I can.
Tango is like a bridge of communication between two people; it’s a simple dance for people who want a distraction from the stresses of life. It’s all based on feelings. The men have to guide the females, but it can also be female and female.
When I’m dancing I like to close my eyes and try to hear what the other person is communicating; everything I do is a response to their movements. That’s the way the Tango is; one person is talking, the other is listening. One leads, the other follows. I always prefer following.