Italians in London | Italians in London Caterina Ramirra
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Caterina Ramirra

Photo and concept by © Rob Venom 2022

I was born in Italy, in a region I’m really attached to, Puglia, exactly in Castellana Grotte
Oh!! I have lived in many places in the world from Australia to Scotland to London!
What do you do in your life in London?
I have always taught my language.
I have a strong passion for meeting people, to sit and listen to their stories. After hearing about their experiences, I share mine!
I like creating stories, writing poems, and taking tons of pictures. One of my preferred passions is acting. I have been acting since I was 5, exclusively in Italian. Since I left Italy, I miss acting.
Most of the time is spent by preparing lessons for my students.
Each student is important for me. Each of them are such special human beings first, and students secondly.
I do prepare well-tailored lessons but I always decide to prepare them in different locations such as libraries (plenty of them here in London), or in cafes, ranging from the tiniest to the hugest!
When I have a gap in between lessons, I take advantage of this amazing city and watch people going about their lives!
I get inspired watching them, their faces, their clothes, the way they behave, and the little hints I’m given that give me a glimpse into their lives. It’s such a fantastic open-air museum! I spend my weekends with my boyfriend strolling in the London markets, enjoying parks, and going to festivals!
What is the reason to leave Italy and come to London?
The main reason to leave Italy and live in London is to follow my dream …
My dream is teaching Italian my goal is pass all the knowledge I have learnt during my past experiences at school, university but above all, travelling, most.
I do teach my language for one reason to pass my passion for my country.
Having such a huge inheritance I can enhance Italy by using its music, art, theatre, gestures, traditions, habits, custom all by…the Italian language!
this sounds great to me!
What were your best and worst experiences in London.
Since I have been here I haven’t had any bad experiences, only positive ones!
The most exciting thing has been seeing myself change.
I was a bit scared to go out late night, scared of stranger, now London has changed the way I approach people.
Another amazing experience has been teaching many different students, all with unique cultures. This has helped me to learn and every day I am improving and learning lots of new things.
I asked you to choose a place in London that you like or you are tied to, what was your choice and why you made it?
I have chosen Regent’s Park for two reasons, first because it’s beautiful and furthermore it reminds of my favourite film of all time, Mary Poppins!
During your early times in London, did you have any problem?
I have never had problems. I could manage some little issues
What do you think about this project?
I like these kind of projects in which self-employed people, in this case Italians, are shown in their true light. Italian professionals who came here with all their strengths, to realise their dreams!!so, thanks,Roberto for this amazing idea you had!
How do you think you could support and promote Italian culture? 
By continuing what I have already been doing: Teaching Italian using my knowledge, working hard with passion and love, spreading the Italian culture to those people who only know Italy from their travels, often in the same well-known places… I want people to fall in love with other Italian places, food traditions, habits, old stories. I truly believe that by learning Italian, people can truly connect with our beautiful culture.